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Published: Monday, Oct. 8 2012 9:00 p.m. MDT

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Park City, UT

Time for both Doman and Bronco to go!

Pa. Reader
Harrisburg, PA

How many more top recruits and current players will flee BYU's inept offense before something is done?
I'm sure Doman is a great bishop. He will one day be released from that calling and receive a new assignment in his ward. Now is the time for his "release" as OC. Keep him in another role for which he is better prepared, if possible, but all his good work as a recruiter will be for naught if the offense is not fixed--and quickly.

Payson, UT

re: Uteology
Which part of the statement was wrong. "In his defense, BYU is 4 points short at Utah and 2 points shy at Boise State from being undefeated." You could also say BYU is 1 point shy of being 3-3. And it is true that if BYU's kicking game was better, the Cougars would be 6-0. and our kicking game stinks but no one in utah has a kicker.

Last season dosn't tell you anything about this year. BYU is 0-1 against good teams this year. Remember ya'll still have to play Washington State a bad team. If BYU loses their next two games and wins out I will admit and most fans will agree that BYU had a bad year.

And I don't think Utah is a good team this year either.

Sandy, UT

Bronco is a great Defensive Coordinator....but that is where it starts and ends.

He lacks basic fundamentals as a Head Coach.

Every year, it seems as though Bronco has to learn basic lessons every High School Coach already knows.

Brandon Doman was and is not qualified for this job. Bronco hired him. Do the math.

Watch Bronco on the sidelines, he has a headset, but he's never taliking to anyone.
Totally Disengaged.

Remember these coaches are all making 6 figure salaries.
And Bronco is making 7 figures.
This is not their cute little training ground, they should have already been ready for these responsibilities.

BYU has always been a Pro-Set offense. And all Brandon knows is the Skyline High option attack.

And now the top two QB's are injured.

And James Lark, a true Pro-Set QB, is nowhere to be seen.

Provo, UT

Running a play is unexplicable in that situation. Mistake on Doman's part. However, BYU's problems cannot all be pinned on Doman. They have issues:

1- No offensive line
2- Riley Nelson is not a throwing QB
3- Taysom Hill is a true freshman
4- BYU cannot run the ball because they have no offensive line

When that is what you have to work with on offense you will struggle. I think part of it is Doman's inexperience, part of it is that he has an inferior offensive unit. Given this roster, I am not sure how well any OC would do. I understand all the frustration and criticism for the injury, it is deserved, but it is not all on Doman.

Those calling for a new coach, get real. Bronco is the right man for the job and has the defense playing at the best it ever has, and one of the best in the nation. BYU is not as good as you all want them to be. They are limited in their recruiting, and have to make due with who they get. I hope they beat Notre Dame, that woudl be cool.

Ogden, UT

Its not Domans fault. It is George Bush's fault. Oh wait that is another guy who says that.

Magic Happens
Kaysville, UT

"In his defense, if BYU's kicking game was better, the Cougars would be 6-0." -DH

If's and but's - the last refuge of the truly desperate seeking validation.

Unfortunate for Taysom and hope his recovery is successful. Also unfortunate for Cougar fans is the carousel called BYU football more specifically BYU coaching. How much more frustration can the fans take. Mismanagement of players, game plans, communication, but no mismanagement of excuses. Its a good thing BYU locked up its bowl game last year.

Also heard that Oregon State lost the QB for the season and will be starting an unproven player. This should give the Cougars the advantage at this position, shouldn't it?

St George, Utah


Every single one of those excuses you listed can be directly pinned on Doman. It is his job and responsibility to..
1-Field a prepared and capable offensive line that can protect a QB in the pocket.
2-Develop a QB's throwing skills and his ability to read defenses and run an effective offense
3-Build a depth chart with experienced and competitive skill players, especially at QB.
4-Establish a down-field passing attack, which in turn, opens up the running game and keeps defenses guessing. Every 9th grade QB knows this concept. The offensive line cannot block 8 defenders on the line of scrimmage.

As the OC, Doman is responsible for EVERYTHING that happens while the offense is on the field. His preparation is ineffective, his play-calling is ridiculous and is a liability and danger to players, and worst of all, he refuses to make adjustments and fix the obvious problems. It is increasingly obvious that Doman cannot cut it as OC. He couldn't even cut it as a QB coach. It really is time for a change.

Orem, UT

I like Bronco...he's a good man. I like Brandon...also a good man. I would enjoy having Brandon as a bishop.

However, as a season ticket holder, I don't like BYU football anymore. Maybe I'm getting old, maybe I like other interests more. Or, just maybe, I'm hoping for the quality of play we used to enjoy and I'm constantly disappointed. I'm not close enough to the program to know the answers, but I may go bird hunting until they figure it out. Life is too short to be so frustrated by something I can't fix. At least if I come home with an empty vest I can do some things to change that.

All the best to you, Taysom, in your recovery. That's a tough blow to a young man who has served the Lord and worked very hard on the field. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Have you considered grouse hunting? Great therapy!

Granstville, UT

Wait a minute, if bronco has to call a timeout each time "Every BYU fan in the stadium was puzzled", the game would never end. LOL

Lone Star Cougar
Plano, TX

I have read and commented on mostly all the BYU articles lately and my frustration has been expressed. BUT - I will go on supporting BYU football and I hope our offense and kicking game will quickly improve. I am supporting Coach Mendenhall and Coach Doman for the rest of the season.

May I make some suggestions? May we look for a kicker somewhere that can help us? May we find a retired coach, a sage that can help with some of the details for the offense to take some of the pressure off of Coach Doman. I have seen this work very well in years past when new coaches are brought in. They are not there to criticize or compete for your job but just be there to offer experience and a steady hand to rely on.

West Jordan, UT

I am glad that Bronco and Doman are accepting responsibility for the insane play call that resulted in Taysom Hill's injury, but the explanation that it was a result of a "miscommunication" just doesn't add up. Somebody called that play and since Bronco does not involve himself with the offensive play-calling there could have been only two people: Doman or Hill. It is very possible that Hill audibled and called the QB draw, but is far more likely that a rookie OC called the play because he did not realize until it was too late that all they had to do was take a knee. This may be Doman's second season, and his 19th game that he has called, but he is still making rookie mistakes that are costing BYU games. I know his job isnt easy, and he is doing the best he can, but it is the job he was hired to perform. It is also the job that was taken away from another good man because BYU felt Doman could do it better. So far it hasnt worked out that way and Doman's mistakes are costing BYU games.

Highland, UT


We are all very aware that the BYU game is the most important game to utah and its "fans" every season but thank you for publicly alnowledging that fact. Most utah "fans" try to claim it is 10th, but of course that is false. It is #1, always has been, always will be.


Granstville, UT

@ duckhunter,

I think most teams enjoy beating BYU, but not because of the football team, as much as they enjoy beating the cougar's fan base.

A Ute win, 8 of the past 11 times, carries so much hurt each year. The enjoyment comes from seeing the ways the cougar loss is spun and the creative ways the hurt is tried to be put aside.

I guess you can say it is the gift that keeps on giving. I, for one, don't have a problem admitting that. LOL

Salt Lake City, UT

Sad that a young man was hurt because an offensive coordinator is in over his head.

Nampa, ID

Running QB = Hurt QB.

Even my wife was like, "why aren't they taking a knee to run out the clock?" Then Hill comes up limping.

Nelson ran the ball too much and got hurt. Doman ran Hill too much now he got hurt. I hope Tanner Mangum still wants to play QB for BYU when he comes off his mission. He admits he isn't a running QB.

What was the definition of insanity? Something like doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Doman is insane. He isn't even trying to throw the ball.

Broom Hockey Champ
Scottsdale, AZ

The problem goes beyond Doman. This is the second year in a row that the QB position has been incorrectly evaluated. Last year, Heaps was the "guy." Only we found out a few games in that he was not the "guy." This year, Nelson was the "guy." Only we found out he is not the "guy." This playing hurt business is nonsense. If he was impaired by the injury, why was he on the field? He could have gotten hurt even worse.

Doman has no idea what he is doing. Hoffman and Friel should be getting the ball a lot more than they are and Alisa shouldn't be the starting RB. Doman's a "yes man," though. Bronco is behind this. Bronco is better as a defensive coordinator, not a head coach.

Let's expose the Beavers.

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

Hunting sounds much more fun than wasting energy trying to come to grips with BYU's lack of offense and coaching. If I were a young talented high school player being recruited to play offense at BYU, especially if I were a QB or receiver, honestly I would not consider them. What a waste of talent BYU has at those positions sitting on the bench or running routes just to look busy. Until the coaching gets fixed the offense never will.

Just so you all won't get too hung up on the demands of a church calling and career, any stake president will tell you your job comes first; a church calling is at the bottom of anyone's list.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Though Taysom's accident is sad, I hope it helps change the direction of the coaching staff with respect to QB play. Hopefully their approach changes from a "running QB who can throw" to a "pocket QB who can run - if needed." I think Taysom has the potential to be a better QB ultimately. After rehab he will not be quite as mobile but he'll be forced to learn defenses and polish drop back in the pocket and throw techniques. I wish you the best Taysom on your recovery!

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

As a Utah fan, I hope BYU keeps Bronco and Doman forever. The almost-guaranteed win is nice, the coach/fan/player circus is even better. Keep it up, BYU!

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