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Published: Tuesday, Sept. 25 2012 6:00 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

One of the largest problems we have is trying to use the same play over and over and over and over, even when it doesn't work. At Utah, why were we running the option so much? They were snuffing it every time. You know it's bad when ESPN starts to question the play calling. Throw the ball down the field. I know that Riley or Taysom or whoever (well, James Lark has a fine arm) cannot throw the ball 80 yards, but surely the dudes can throw it 35 yards can't they? Mix it up.

sacramento, ca

of course it's under scrutiny....it's pathetic and he's either bad at coaching up the QB to know and understand what he needs to do or he's bad at calling plays, which is it Doman? At this point, i'd rather see Hall call some plays and see what he can do. Oh and if you guys wanna be loyal to someone, try being loyal to Lark...flipping give him his chance already and see what he can do, can it really be any worse then what it is now? If I were Lark, I'd walk into Bronco's office and demand to be put back at 2nd string QB. Fight for it Lark, nelson does and look how bad he is.

Lightening Lad
Austin , TX

What offense?

rock springs, wy

Hint to coach Doman: If you want to have a successful passing game, you should call pass plays and not Riley Nelson option plays or quarterback draws or Riley Nelson runs-for-his-life plays. It really isn't that complicated. I doubt that Apo, Hoffman and Friel were recruited so they could stand around and watch Riley Nelson run the football. Very few college football teams are successful running the option and most do it because they can't recruit passers and receivers. If Nelson can't see open receivers, if his line isn't giving him adequate protection (possibly because they, too, are thinking that he will run and they will have to run-block), or if Nelson thinks that every game is a 2011 Utah State game, then both he and Doman should be benched. This is a better team than the one that lost two games by four points.

Fred Vader
Oklahoma City, OK

"Doman's goal since he became the offensive coordinator in 2011 has been to establish a traditional BYU aerial attack capable of generating prolific passing yards and touchdowns."

Then you might want to use a quarterback (whether healthy or not) who can throw the ball farther than 10 - 15 yards. Just sayin'.

Grand Junction, CO

Riley Nelson is to BYU as Jordan Wynn was to Utah. Pathetic. They both fold under pressure and do not have the skills to be a Division 1 quarterback. Both may have fared well at a JUCO team but neither have the necessary skills to compete at this level. I agree that Lark should get playing time, but Taysom Hill is the heir apparent and should begin training this week. What everyone is not saying is that the Offensive line is horrible. We truly need a good O-line coach that can teach those guys how to block and hold it so that the running backs can find an opening and so that they can support a pocket to pass from. GO COUGS!

Sneaky Jimmy
Bay Area, CA

BYU blew it by not getting Mike Leach to replace Bronco. Leach UNDERSTANDS BYU football. It looks like Gary Crowton is still coaching. There was a time when the BYU offense took the field knowing that there was no way the other team could stop them. That faith is long lost.

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

Before the season started, I frequently pointed out that Riley was not a quarterback. Where are those now that put such childlike faith in Riley then and said I was disloyal to BYU. Doman has accomplished something...he has finally made Norm Chow and Robert Anae look like supermen.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

You think Norm Chow might be laughiing now? A good HC and OC for BYU is to sit R. Nelson and put T. Hill in.

boise, ID

Just wondering how many more QB's Doman is going to ruin

Orem, UT

Doman's problem is that he is NOT an offensive coordinator.

He has no idea how to set up plays, how to call plays based on defensive tendencies, how to build a comprehensive game-long attack plan with variations for defensive adjustments, has zero imagination for creating/designing plays, etc. Plus, he takes far too long communicating his plays from the booth.

In short, no matter how prepared he tries to be, Doman just isn't ready for opponents because he clearly lacks the tools and vision to be an OC.

Somewhere, UT

Doman was not ready for the OC job. He could become a good OC if he could work under someone like Leach and learn how to game plan. I have to say that every time I hear him say that he wants to get back to BYU football and have this prolific passing game I can't stop my self from laughing. It is like me telling my wife that I will fix the lawn mower tomorrow but I never go buy the parts so that tomorrow is never going to come. If he wants to have a prolific passing game then why is Riley the starting quarterback? BYU needs to start calling passing plays and give Lark or Munns a chance to use Hoffman, Apo and Friel to the best of their abilities. Quit with the senior quarterback stuff because Lark is a senior too.

taylorsville, UT

Why should we expect anything more from Doman that we are getting. He had a midocore career at the Y and he was an option QB. Luke Staley is what made Doman have a good year. His NFL career was holding the ball for extra points and that was it. I am sure Bronco loves him, but that doesn't make him an offensive coordinator.

New to Utah

BYU has got to learn how to win the close games. BYU'defense played well enough to win both the Utah and Boise State games but the offensive well to put it mildly stunk.Chris Petersen had great respect for BYU's defense but capitalized on offensive mistakes as did Utah. Taysom Hill faced a fatigued BSU defense when he scored the touchdown. He needs to get better fast for BYU to have a successful season. My opinion we were out coached both games.

Still Blue after all these years
Kaysville, UT

I wonder if Bronco would fire his OC like he did his DC a couple years ago when the defense was playing so poorly?????

Orem, UT

If you feel 61 Doman then we feel 122. Please resign. Snow College might need you.

Cedar Hills, UT

Doman is on the hot seat - red hot!! 69 yards passing in the 4th qtr last game doesn't quite cut it especially since in past years BYU has 69 yards in the first two series in the 1st qtr normally. Doman has been a complete bust as an offensive coordinator and BYU should have NEVER let Robert Anae go. I think back of Beck and Hall under Anae and the norm was 400-600 yards offense with 350 of that passing... that was the norm. Heck I think of how Heaps was doing his final couple of games under Anae - 300 yards plus throwing the ball. Bronco is going to have to make a decision especially if the Y offense is like it was against Boise and Utah. You don't fill 65000 seats by putting up 69 yards passing. First BYU has to go get a QB and Hill isn't it. Hill is better suited as a slot receiver or even tail back.

newhall, CA

It's time to fire Bandon Doman.

Springville, UT

I will never understand the criticism for Doman in the Boise game. He had three choices. Nelson, Lark and Hill at quarterback. Each had strengths and weaknesses. If he'd picked Lark, which changes the type of game BYU plays, he be criticized for not putting in Hill. If he chose Hill he be criticized for playing a freshman and being criticized for not putting in the Senior Lark. It just seems that nothing he would have chosen was right. I do believe that there are two criticism that are valid. One is that Riley admitted he was playing at 65 per cent. If that's the case it was his responsibility to say "I'm not getting it done, which was obvious, so take me out." The other criticism was the PAT. Bronco would have been a hero if the play had worked but as the result shows he wound up being the goat.

I've never played a down of football and I'll bet most of the most critical fans haven't either, at least at the D1 level.

Somewhere, UT

RE haunyocker:

If Bronco and Doman are the coaches then they have the responsibility to say Riley your are hurting too much and we will be replacing you. The big question is why this was not done after the first quarter or at the latest half time. It was obvious that he was hurt and was not able to play up to his best. I do believe that Lark deserves a chance. BYU has never had more talent on the edges than this season. Both Hoffman and Apo could have amazing seasons if someone could throw to them and this falls squarely on Doman's head as he is the one calling the plays and making personnel decisions.

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