Sad on all counts.
James Lark? Am I seeing red or is something missing here?
Our country needs talented leadership to re-ignite its great potential. So does
"That's all gone, because I don't feel pain anymore. I don't
feel hurt. I'm back to myself.", said Nelson.....just before taking his
first big hit by an OSU lineman while trying to run the ball because he
can't throw accurately past 5 yards. Sorry, but he won't be healthy
long if they put him back in this early.
Doman is a disaster. This is only the latest costly mistake from hiring a guy
with no experience and letting him learn on the job. This is not a ward where
you can "call" people to lead with no prior experience whatsoever. I
feel sorry for the kids that languish under this offensive team's lack of
Doman, you nailed it - Lark is literally one hit away from being the starter.
And with this offensive line, Munns better start warming up as well. There is no way that Nelson is anywhere near 100%.
The latest of poor executions for Bronco, way past time for him to be relegated
to defensive coach only. Until he is removed as coach I hope other fed-up
Alumni/Boosters will ask that their donations do not go to the football program.
Until Holmoe finds someone else the football program is destined for
mediocrity. Last year and this year the Cougars could have finished with one
loss (TCU last year and Notre Dame was my expectation this year) but due to
Bronco's failure as a leader and making sure that the right decisions are
made a prolific defense deserves much better but unfortunately poor coaching
decisions have resulted in two losses!
What's up with the coaches not being able to take the blame for a bonehead
call? Taysom is lost for the season and faces a grueling rehab, yet it was a
miscommunication and he took his eyes away from the call too soon. With the play
calling display that has been on show this season, I wouldn't be surprised
if they called a running play. Take accountability coaches, you made a mistake.
Now we turn back to Nelson. Is he really healthy? Did he learn anything from his
time away? I just hope we can open up the offense and take advantage of the big
targets we have at wide receiver and tight end. Also, give Williams the ball
more, I don't need to see Lasike. Go Cougars!
So sad! Get well Taysom. We need you!Go Cougars!
"He's one hit away from playing," Doman said of Lark, "and the
way this season has gone, gosh, the percentages are high that he'll
play."I think Doman meant to say, "He's one hit away
from playing,and the way I've been calling plays, the percentages are high
that Riley will get injured."
Fractures that are healed in 2 weeks?Something is fishy here!!!
Fractures don't heal in 2 weeks, if ever. Nelson will get smashed by
OSU's defensive lineman and be paralyzed for life and then Bronco can be
responsible for that one too. Then I'm sure we'll see Bronco pass up
once again on James Lark and probably put in another backup. I don't know
what his deal is with Lark. He was an awesome quarterback in high school and
deserves the chance to play. I'd rather have him play than Nelson anyday.
Good coaches anticipate what the next play will be. If you anticipate that you
will only need to do the victory formation, then call the victory formation!
Why tell him the clock is running and then tell him the play? This doesn't
Too bad the "Savior of BYU Football" is going to step once more into the
starting role. If BYU were going to play Idaho or NM State, that would be
different. But going up against Oregon State? The OSU defense will target
Nelson's back injury and he will be less, ahem!, 'effective' than
usual. (Extreme facetiousness inserted!)With Hill down, the likelihood of
BYU winning more than a couple more games is in serious doubt. With the entire
offense struggling even my Hee-roh, Riley Nelson, can't bring this team
back from the brink of collapse.
What will it take for Lark to get some playing time at BYU? He has been so
patient for 4 years as he watches all this go on around him. Riley claims he is
okay to start but I doubt he is 100%. He just wants to compete again. Hopefully
Lark will get to play this week. That will all depend on Doman's lucky
quarter as he flips it throughout the game to call plays or see who plays QB.
Sorry, I am not buying... Doman ran out on the field and called a time out... I
believe that that was done before the injury... If Doman's intention was to
play cautious in order to avoid an injury, he could have made it very clear in
that timeout... Or after the first first down in the series, Doman could have
made it abundantly clear that he just wanted Hill to take a knee... That
didn't happen and what took place was crazy and irresponsible... Further
evidence that Doman is not ready for the OC assignment... He was simply promoted
too fast.This lack of ability on Doman's part will soon begin
to manifest itself in recruiting... Kids are not going to want to play for an OC
with the reputation that he is developing...Again, Bronco needs to
bring on another experienced and successful OC and put Doman on an Apprenticship
program... Let him dvelop for a couple of years and then give him the playbook.
Sad, Sad, Sad, I guess everyone else has said it all already so the only points
I will belabor are....Please don't continue to run our QBs us the middle
and please give Lark a chance and use Riley as backup.
@eastcoastcougEveryone has to get their 1st chance somewhere, the
"no experience" accusation is a stupid one. Where Mendenhall made his
mistake was not in giving a guy his 1st chance, it was in giving it to the wrong
guy. Remeber Norm Chow was once a 1st time offensive coordinator at BYU and so
were several other guys.So if you want to crticize Bronco for giving
that promotion to the WRONG guy I am with you, but this "no experience"
claim is a dumb one and I'm tire of hearing it. If no one else is ever
given the opportunity for the 1st time then in about 20 years there will no
longer be any coaches at any position because none of them would ever be given a
chance. If no one is ever promoted for the 1st time then how will anyone ever be
Time for the Cougars to expose the Beavers.
It is not really an issue who the QB is as the Y does not play on that side of
the ball anyway. And, that should continue given they have a worse offensive
line than Weber State. It is this area of the team that has been bad to very
bad for two years and is the reason for the failed running game and much of the
poor qb play by Heaps, Riley and Hill. Too, bad for Mr. Hill and I hope he
Thank you Coach Doman for your offensive wizardry. Seems like I recall a new OC
who talked all about restoring the glory years of Cougs offensive and the
vertical passing game. Um, still waiting on that one. BYU has turned into
nothing more than a running first offense. I've never seen this many QB
draws this side of Florida during the Tebow years. Hill's injury is the sad
yet expected result of a "running-first" philosophy. Let's see how
long Riley lasts with his recovery from "back fractures." Better hope
Lark and Munns are ready to go! Riley will take a beating the next 3 games.
Let's face it, if Doman was the DC, he would have been "let-go" a
long, long time ago. How can he still be holding onto this position? He's
nothing more than a QB Coach, with the team actually needs. Dude's in way
over his head and has been ever sense he was hired.
RE: Parkite1 "due to Bronco's failure as a leader and making sure that
the right decisions are made a prolific defense deserves much better but
unfortunately poor coaching decisions have resulted in two losses!" I
couldn't agree with you more. With Coach Bronco's sole attention on
the stout and strong defense; in essence he's given the keys to a Mercedes
to a "new driver" with limited to no prior driving experience. The
offensive car has more than crashed. Time for a new car and driver!
So if Hill had been injured in any one of the running plays previous to this
one, would Cougar fans be upset and say he shouldn't be running at all?
It's unfortunate, but stuff happens. Freshman or not, Hill could have just
run a dive off-center. Instead he chose to make yardage and exposed himself to
injury. It is still great to be a Cougar fan and follow the boys in blue.
Let the turnovers begin.
Let's stop talking about Riley getting hit and focus on being able to move
the ball towards the opposing end zone(and getting in the end zone)..Our two
losses should never have come down to the last minute or about going for two.
Our two losses are all about Riley can't move the ball.
Wait a minute, before the season we were told that this offensive line would
have two NFL draft picks...no, that was last year, this year we were told that
it was the deepest offensive line we have had and it was full of talent.
Everyone was slim and trim and in condition. Oh, and it was said that Riley is
a quarterback...and Doman is a creative offensive coordinator. It must be easy
to write for this newspaper.
James prepare like your starting because before you know it you are going in.
Riley is not and unlike most BYU fans I have said this since last season ... he
is NOT a D1 QB. Oregon State +5 TO's, 4 from Riley. This year
just got very long again.
Sorry Duckhunter, but it is not a dumb thing to say Doman was promoted too early
and lacks the appropriate experience. If he had the chance to study under an
"experienced" OC for a while, then his promotion may have made sense. If
that were the case then today we would be saying Doman is just not a very good
OC. However, Doman was put in a position to fail not having been properly
trained for the position. You don't send soldiers into war without training
from experienced soldiers unless you want them to get killed! Doman is now
getting killed because of his lack of proper training. This is a Holmoe and
Bronco management mistake. Too bad since I hear that Doman is a very good man.
Nevertheless, since Bronco is so fond of saying "Our System is
Perfectly Designed for the Results We Are Receiving", he must make a change
if BYU is to achieve its potential!
@ Wayne Rout- Yes. Last years' two "NFL draft picks", one of which
is a non-drafted free-agent, signed to a practice squad. And don't get me
started about this year's predictions. Yes, indeed, being a sports writer
for DN is the easiest gig in town because it doesn't require any in-depth,
critical analysis ... unless it's critical of a certain QB only after he
decided to leave the program and never once while he was playing for the team.
I'll keep saying this but the only critical analysis I read in this paper
comes from Vai in his weekly column, and then he quickly gets branded simply as
a "Bronco-hater" by many. This offense is rudderless, Cougs fans, and it
will only get worse over the next 3 games. But, the reality is whether we limp
in with 6-7 wins or win-out, our Cougs are still guaranteed the same Poinsettia
Bowl-- they can do no better or worse. I do like my Cougs, but more than tired
of the over-hype and complete lack of any critical/objective analysis by DN.
It is obvious the coaches have no confidence in Lark which if fine if their
assessment is correct. However, if for some reason Lark is forced into playing
and plays well, I for one will join the growing grooup of frustrated fans
calling for changes at the top. We know what we get with Nelson and it's
short of spectacular. He is competitive and will find ways to beat the couple
of pasties still on the schedule, but he doesn't have the talent to move
the offense against Org St and Nortre Dame. Maybe Lark has even less ability
but in game action that's uproven and in times you know what you have
isn't good enough you at least get credit for tyring to find something
better. I would give Lark a chance to state his claim by his performance. We
have nothing to lose since that is what we have already accepted by starting
Nelson has never beat a good team. Just take a look at his win/loss record. Back
fractures healed in 2 weeks? Really? It will probably take only a couple of hits
to knock him out again. I appreciate Nelson's passion and leadership, and I
would hate to see him injured again, but Lark should be the starter IMO. Bronco talks about how he and Nelson have been through so much together.
Well, Lark has been with the program much longer than Nelson, and he has stuck
it out showing his dedication for years despite the lack of opportunity. Also,
Lark is a great QB. Give him a REAL chance coach.
Doman's gonna get Nelson killed in this game if they don't throw the
ball.If he wasn't ready, Doman should not have accepted the
job. He obviously advertised himself as qualified. I hope BYU management can see
that it was false advertising.Running QB's get hurt.
That's the rule.
Ah, such is the life of a football player. Emotionally hang Doman if it makes
you feel better, but it was merely a mistake followed by an accident.
Last year, BYU players handled the Beavers. This year, they're hoping to
expose the Beavers on national TV.
This has got to be insanity starting a QB with spinal fractures. Why would
Doman even consider it? For that matter why would Nelson? I'm no spine
surgeon, but this just doesn't make sense. Is Doman really so desperate to
keep Lark off the field that he would risk permanent injury to another kid?
There has to be some kind of back story no one is telling, because this whole
episode with the QBs is just too bizarre to be believed.
I love Bronco (his defense is awesome) and the Cougars, but why tell the QB what
he already knows...the clock is running. Signal in the victory formation or call
a timeout. Can't Doman just call a timeout or does it have to go through
the HC? Doman needs to take off his ra ra cap and put on a more cerebral OC
approach. It's almost like he figures what to do beforehand and then
can't manage the changing conditions of the game on the fly.
Face it... we will be depending on the Defense to defend AND score points. But
with this defense maybe it can be done.
I'm sorry to hear about Taysom. I hope he heals quickly and heals well.
I want Andy Reid!! He may be done in Philly soon and he is getting older and has
all the money he could ever need..... Just a thought.
Negativiy, negativity!!!!! You so called BYU fans should stand behind the FB
coaches, for indeed they are totally fully invested in winning games for the
Cougars. Are they perfect ... no, but name me any coach in America today who is
.... any player, any coach? Real true BYU fans are SUPPORTIVE of their team ...
that includes players and coaches. If you feel they are doing it wrong, do not
play it out in the blogs, running down your team ... make your complaints known
privately to people who make decisions ... do not tear down the program like a
bunch of bloodthirsty sharks in a feedig frenzy smelling raw meat. Please, if
you Monday morning QBs are so good, apply for the job. I'm sure Holmoe
would relish having someone so awesome, so wisely knowledgeable that is
mistake-free and not prone to error.And for you Ute trolls adding
fuel to the fire ... for shame! You are going way beyond trash talking... YOU
are showing your class!
@IdahoCoogYou are showing your lack of football knowledge. Bronco,
Doman, and the players all know what they signed up for. They take the good
(praise) along with the bad (criticism). That is just how it is when you pull
on a jersey and step under the lights. Fans come here to vent because they care
and want the best for their team, not because they are "bad" fans.
What a stroke of horrible luck for Hill.Riley is as tough as they
come, but this could be a disaster for him. I hope Lark is tough
enough so that he will not let the coaches mismanagement of him affect his
confidence. He will certainly see playing time and will need all the leadership
ability and skill he can muster.
Give Lark the ball already! Nelson should've stayed at USU.
Why is it that everyone on here thinks they are a coach,if any of you so
called coaches think that you can do better apply for the job,otherwise
please be quiet and let Bronco do his job.I,m pretty sure that if Riley
looks like he is not performing to his potential ,the coach wont hesitate
to put Lark in.
@DuckhunterReally?? Where do you come off saying this is a
"stupid idea" to put someone in to run BYU's offense with no prior
experience whatsoever? Most organizations AND teams let people work their way up
before they are given wide responsibility. You obviously have never worked in a
company of any size. Would you really turn the keys over to someone without
letting them first cut their teeth on smaller responsibilities first? Go interview for any job and the first thing they will ask you is "what
experience do you have?" Especially when it is a divisional or CEO role. That's not to say that someone cannot be promoted from within after
spending some time learning the ropes.
I feel sorry for Lark. I'm sure truth-be-told, he feels he made a huge
mistake with BYU. There is no excuse not to play him now - he's a good kid
with talent who was successful in High School, and waited for his shot. As a
recruit, he could have at least had playing time with another comparable
school.I'm not a Ute Troll - My daughter attends BYU and I pull
for BYU unless they play my Utes. I agree with eastcoastcoug, as a CEO myself
for many years with hundreds of employees, you don't hire CEO's for
sizable organizations without proven experience. Smaller organizations give
CEO's their shot, but not institutions the size of BYU. BYU should be able
to recruit a proven, winning coach. With that said, I'm glad the U promoted
Whit, and didn't go outside - we took a risk and won.
Back fractures do not heal in two weeks, Doman is totally responsible for not
getting the right plays in and thus Taysoms injury, Bronco is just a coordinator
and not head coach calibre, and both teams will be playing this week with their
best quarterbacks on the sidelines.At least Oregon State still has
something to play for. When does basketball start?
Take a knee Doman....and freshen up your resume!