Y Grad/Y Dad,Although I am frustrated with how Bronco has handled
the QB situation this year, I don't want him gone. I certainly don't
want him gone, as he is fantastic with the defense. I am guessing you have not
read many of my comments throughout the season, because I wanted Riley Nelson to
be a great QB. However, the verdict is out, and he is not a great QB.As for Heaps playing injured, he played the 2010 Utah game with a broken rib
and played fine. I know Heaps made a lot of mistakes last year, but he certainly
has good QB skills. It is true that I cannot prove that he would have made
those throws, but I have a hard time believing that most Div I QBs would miss as
many of those easy throws that Riley missed. Likewise, no one can prove that
Heaps would be worse than Riley. Anyway, Heaps is gone and not an issue
anymore.And I'm happy with independence. The Big 12 would be
nice, but I like our position. I cheer for BYU and Bronco and I want them to
Riverton CougarAlright already, I know that sometimes I'm too
much of an apologist for Riley, but your comment about Heaps is just plain
pickin daisies. You have no evidence that Heaps would have made "half the
passes Riley missed." In fact the evidence is to the contrary. Now if you were to say that Jake never woulda had to play hurt because he
never woulda risked taking the shot...For some of you, this has
really become a miserable life! We aren't in the Big 12, someone says we
MAY be THINKING about going back to the MWC and Riley Nelson hasn't been
publicly tarred and feathered for blowing the presidential election. Take a
breath! Bronco IS the one you want coaching at BYU, and if you think
differently, he's not the wrong coach. Your cheering for the
Riley should set the rest of the year then he can use his grit to walk the
gaduation line. what is wrong with the coaches to not see this. Hello, is any
body home! Riley is hurt and his play further hurts the team.
I agree with the comments about Riley Nelson. He has clearly done poorly this
year. I was all for Heaps over Nelson and people called me crazy. Now I hate
to say I told you so, but I told you so. Heaps would have made at least half of
some of the easy throws that Nelson has missed. With Heaps we might have even
been undefeated. But instead we have Riley Nelson and will finish 7-5.I'm looking forward to next year when we will not have Riley Nelson,
although with Bronco Mendenhall's comments made this year, I wouldn't
be surprised if he tried to sneak Nelson in at some point next year anyway.
Apparently Bronco is more of a fan of Riley than a fan of winning.
Starting Nelson has been incomprehensible to me from the Utah game. Last year he
actually could throw well enough to hit a 30-yard pass now and then. Not this
year.If he can't throw he should not go.
Methinks that Doman is an inadequate OC, but Bronco owns this kettle of fish.
Holmoe needs to stay in touch with Andy Reid and give Bronco the option of
staying on as the defensive coordinator. Bronco's formula of playing
mediocre players, who have paid their dues and earned it, does not win games.
To C Smith 4 UtahPlaying Nelson no matter what is all
Mendenhall's call. . . NOT Doman's. That is very evident in
Bronco's media statements.(and I have some inside sources).Starting Lark this next game is an absolute no brainer. And it is not because
I think Lark is particularly any better. Riley is hurt, and his play hurts the
team. Lark deserves the start. Not only because he is healthy, but also because
Nelson's lackluster performance over the year would dictate that Lark
deserves a shot. Why not against a miserable team in a meaningless game?
Bronco's stubborn statements that he is still holding out for Riley to get
the start defies all logic and leads me to the inescapable conclusion that
Bronco has a fear that Lark might actually do well, thus calling question to his
He is hurt what do you expect. He said at the first of the season when the media
asked him about his play that the coaches try to get him to avoid hits and he
said that was not his style. Why would the coaches let him play he does not
listen to them. His reckless careless play has hurt the team. I don't
know how they can watch the film afterward and not see how ineffective he was on
his throws. They must have their heads in the sand. The fans and commentators
can see it.
Maybe it is Doman that needs to be let go, not Bronco. Maybe it is Doman's
loyalty to a quarterback that he would like to be a mirror of his own style when
he played at BYU. Problem is Doman could throw, Riley can't. A 60% Riley is
about about a 0.6% _____. (Fill in the blank with name of almost any other
former BYU QB)
Riley Nelson may well bring the end to Bronco's career as head coach. The
poor judgment Bronco has shown this year and sickly loyalty to a mediocre player
has caused a great rift between the coaches and fans that wont easily heal. I
personally have grit in my ears, in my eyes and in my teeth. It's just too
much. Why not try Munns, wont he be back next year? Between
independence, Rily, Bronco and the OC fiasco, I for one have moved on to
basketball. Anything else this football team does is just a footnote.
@ Y Grad/Y DadThe point isn't that Lark is better than
Nelson--it's that Nelson is INJURED--and played injured through the meat
of the schedule. While his performance was certainly gutsy, Mendenhall
didn't consider playing Alisa with a broken arm or any of the other players
whose injuries inhibited their play. There is no irony in this assessment. I
like Riley Nelson and in the right offense and/or completely healthy, he would
have been very effective. I would not have played Lark over Nelson for any
other reason than that Nelson's obviously painful back made him less
effective. I place Mendenhall's decision to play an injured quarterback
right up there with going for two at Boise State when his team had a decided
advantage in overtime. Mendenhall's admiration for Nelson's courage
adversely affected his judgment as a coach. Just sayin'.
We all know that a 50% Nelson is better than a 100% Lark. Hopefully Nelson is in
just enough pain to start the game. Then in just enough pain to not be able to
throw. Then in just enough pain to retain his "grit" title. Then we can
all say how important it is to be a tough kid, not so important to win a game.
Then we can look at another loss. Then we can have Deseret News interview
Nelson and he can tell us how he was 60% healthy, but really wanted to be out
there with his team to "help." A 50% Nelson is better than a 100% Lark.
I'm sarcastic today.
Ah the irony is too beautiful. "should let Lark start and see what might
have been--but, then, maybe that's the problem."Of course
when Heaps was pulled in favor of Riley, many pointed out (correctly so) that
Jake had the tough part of the schedule and Nelson got the WAC opponents. Are
the same people really thinking that if Lark can shine against NMSU, somehow
there is a cosmic message in that????
Enough please. Play Lark. Afterall, what's in the rumor mill after two
years of being independent? Not the PAC 12; not the Big 10, Big 12 or Big East.
Boys we're possibly headed back to the Mountain West Conference. Who'd
Play Lark against NMSU. Any of our QBs should be able to easily win this
game.Get Nelson health for what should be a good game in the
Poinsetta Bowl.@gchris - The New Mexico Bowl two years ago was
"almost meaningless". Technically, all bowl games outside the NC are
meaningless, but any bowl game in beautiful San Diego is not meaningless for
"Hopefully, he (Nelson) will be back for the New Mexico State game."
Why? Lark has practiced with the team for four years, stood by as Nelson has
"gutted" his way through three games that the Cougars should have won,
and might have if they had had a healthy quarterback. New Mexico State
isn't exactly Notre Dame and Nelson could rest up and heal up for
BYU's almost meaningless bowl game. Mendenhall should let Lark start and
see what might have been--but, then, maybe that's the problem.
Why not just start Lark for the last game? There is no reason why he
What an abysmal season for the the red and blue.
They're nursing more than injuries: try a LOSS to go along with the
bruises. Unfortunately, it was a loss that didn't have to occur. (There I
go again, playing that broken record for this season.)