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Published: Friday, Oct. 7 2011 8:15 p.m. MDT

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The Cucamongan
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

I am absolutely convinced that this QB controversy is not settled yet. Do not be surprised if we see a platoon system depending on the nature of the game. I believe in my heart that he loves both of his QB's and does not want to offend either one. Therefore, he will play both, if both remain healthy.

azjim
GILBERT, AZ

Riley is not the answer. Hire Robbie Bosco as QB coach now so Jake can have a full time coach to develop him
Jim McMahon and Steve Young had Mike holmgren, ever heard of him? Great players want to play for great coaches. I love Doman but he's still trying to figure out where to sit. Bronco has a responsibility to get his players excellent coaching. It's not happening
Robbie Bosco, Ty Detmer where are you?

Dr Rosenrosen
Gilbert, AZ

Detmer would be great, but isn't coming any time soon. He's still got a young family that I doubt he is eager to uproot. But I agree, it would be good to have a full time QB coach. I also agree that the QB question is not settled. Frankly, I think they should use the rest of the season as an audition. If BYU gets out front early on SJSU in the first half(and I realize that's a big if), I think we'll see Heaps in the second half. I'd also like to see Lark get some time too.

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, Utah

I would love to see a play with Heaps under center and Riley in the running back position. Now that's a true dual threat!

I don't think Riley will be the permanent starter; I think Heaps will see significant playing time, and maybe reclaim the starting role by the end of the season.

SyracuseCoug
Syracuse, ut

And let the madness of fall 2010 begin all over again.

Bleed Crimson
Sandy, Utah

Bronco made the best coaching decision of his career. The Heaps circus has gone on long enough! Good luck Riley from a Utah fan!

Dantley
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I believe that it is more Doman the quarterbacks being the reason why the offense is struggling. Doman keeps calling plays to the outside. If you notice when they go across the middle there is much more success

Big Hapa
Kaysville, UT

RE: GilbertAZ

So the reason Heaps is ranked 113 out of 119 D1 qb's, that he only has 3 td's to date ( you gotta give last weeks 1 inch plunge to Riley he set it up } that he can not move the offenses in the red zone, scared out of his mind, has no idea why he got pulled and quote his post practice video this week when asked if he could learn anything from his team mates specifically the Wide Receivers and fellow quarter backs he without hesitation said "NO" is because Doman does not meet Heaps standard as a good quarter back coach ? Wow guess you got it all worked out.

WhatsInItForMe
Orem, Utah

Like many BYU fans, I was expecting a much different year:

- BYU was starting its independence.

- The first several games had the potential to put BYU in the driver's seat for a BCS bowl bid.

- Jake seemed so ready from how he finished last year.

- BYU's defense had returned to being great under Bronco's leadership.

- Rumors of the Big 12 wanting BYU surfaced and excited a lot of fans.

Then:

- The offense strangely didn't show up. Jake and some coaches became targets of disgruntled BYU fans.

- BYU lost to Texas in a game BYU should have won but for a second half choke.

- BYU lost badly to the Utes, who haven't done much either.

- TCU got the first Big 12 expansion bid, making fairweather BYU fans want to throw themselves off tall buildings, fearing BYU was out of the Big 12 running.

My, how a little adversity can shake some people up.

Get a grip!

- BYU can still end up with a 10-2 record, ranked, and win a bowl game.

- BYU can still be in the Big 12 mix, or still just make independence work as planned.

Enjoy the ride. Don't toss your cookies just yet!

SoUtHapa
Saint George, Utah

Great! Now, the only thing left to complete this transition is to hear that Heaps has been relegated to 3rd string snaps at practice so Lark can go in when Riley et al blow this game out.

thebigsamoan
Richmond, VA

I feel bad for Heaps but the truth is he's had his opportunities but failed miserably to deliver and measure up to make a case for himself. BYU can't afford to keep riding a sinking ship. A change of direction was seriously needed and Riley has proven he's the new man to lead the offense at this point. Something needs to click fast or they will be in even bigger trouble what with the Big 12 picking TCU over BYU to join their conference. I'm very sad to see things unfolding unfavorably for the Cougs. Unless they continue to win and play exciting football, the fans will not be motivated to tune in, thus the exposure they hoped for will be non existent and ESPN will not stand for that I don't think. Dull and boring football will not excite the crowds nor will it provide the kind of exposure BYU is hoping for. Go Cougs and good luck tonight.

FreeMan
Heber City, UT

I'm sad to see Heaps not pan out. The season is a bust when you're 5 games in and have a quarterback controversy. This is not going to end well. Same thing next year. I think BYU was seriously thinking they had a shot at a BCS game next year. What a mess they are creating for themselves.

BleedCougarBlue
Enid, OK

Something has really rattled Heaps.

There's no way he received the high praise in high school, AND numerous QB camps, from many, many different scouts, etc without truly having earned it. In other words, it's not like all the praise he received was false hype. Sure, yewties on here would like you to believe that, but they're full of it.

Heaps's confidence has taken a hit, and that was before he got benched. I don't know if Riley will work, either. Too inaccurate in his passing game. Yet that is the very thing Heaps is suffering from. I am simply amazed at how many times Heaps overthrew or underthrew his receivers or had so much zip on the ball it made it virtually impossible for his receivers to pulll it in. And throws made deep/to stretch the field? I've seen more than a few end up 10-15 YARDS beyond the WR; nowhere near the guy. Not good.

Gotta get this figured out. My guess is that Bronco knows in the long run it's going to be Heaps but he wants him to EARN it back.

Probably the right call.

Go Cougars!

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

Bronco hasn't really made a decision. He has left the door open and that will continue the controversy. Bronco is too concerned about not hurting Jake's feelings, but you have to call a duck a duck. This is far from over, because Bronco is letting hang on.

To follow up on what some of you have said about coaching needs. I agree Bronco needs to bring in a separate QB coach so Doman can focus on the offensive scheme. He also needs a DC so he can focus on making better decisions as the Head Coach. Too few coaches are trying to do too many things and nothing is getting done very well.

brmose
Memphis, TN

I think that it might be a better strategy for the situation and all those involved to use Heaps as the Couage's "Starter" and Riley as our "Releiver". It's more than "who did the best for me lately". At this point making Riley the starter for this game will most likely end in confusion, discouragement, disappointment, and disaster. And that will bleed over for the rest of the year and maybe into the next year or two. Bronco knew it was "complicated" and it truely is, but I'm afraid they have gone down the wrong fork. Oh! how I hope I'm wrong and they are right.

Striker
Omaha, NE

"I am absolutely convinced that this QB controversy is not settled yet."

Not sure why people think there is a controversy. One QB is outplaying the other. Looks like one is stepping up and the other is not. Time for a change. Time for new leadership. If Riley helps smother SJSU, he'll likely be the QB for the rest of the year. We'll need the best QB to beat OSU and TCU.

GoGetter
Sandy, UT

My two cents? It's about time, why did it take 5 games to figure out your starting QB, Bronco? It doesn't matter if 2 QB's can lead the team, you need ONE to actually LEAD the team. By going back to a dual QB system you are dividing the team. Heaps is absolutely terrible and you did a smart move to bench Hypes to make him EARN his spot back. He looked pretty comfortable knowing that he didn't have a shot getting benched. Good move, Bronco.

Welp, here it goes.

LeonardL
Sandy, UT

I think Bronco made a good choice however he should not announce it until right before the game, now San Jose, can prepare for Riley's style of play and a QB who can run, and throw is a nightmare for a defence, that is part of why Steve Young, was such an effective player.

cork
Murray, UT

@whatsinit:
What have you been drinking?? 10-2? not even close! a bowl game? that was handed out virtually regardless of any production this year! Big 12? sure, if you combine the dregs of the WAC and MWC and it adds up to that number. put a fork in 'em. these guys are toast. jake won't transfer if only because no one will take him. by the time these two qb's are gone, so will the program be. holmoe and company took the high road and it leads 180 degrees away from the rest of college football. If you "don't want to be like the other 'bad' guys in college football, surprise, you just got your wish. just maybe you can find a couple of other teams to play. you and your 150 fans will have great seats, Tom. enjoy.

greg14952
Provo, UT

This should end well. The backup quarterback comes in for less than a half and "rallies" the team with two very lucky throws/catches that could have just as easily been intercepted. Nelson won't be any more effective than Heaps when teams have a chance to plan for him, but he's sure to look great against the cream-puff schedule BYU plays the rest of the way. Or does everyone fear the likes of both Idaho and Idaho State coming to town?

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