RAW,I share your frustration, but pulling the plug on Johnson now
seems a bit shortsighted. I like the fact that Whit is going back to the
spread... the offense that Urban implemented at the U which produced some
excellent offensive numbers. Since 2009 Whit has slowly moved away from the
spread due to his loyalty to Wynn who couldn't run the spread to save his
life. Now it appears that we are recruiting QBs that can run the spread
including Wilson. I think we may finally have the talent at QB in 2013 which we
have been lacking for so long. I also believe the O-line will develop nicely
throughout the remainder of this season. Once we get the passing game going a
bit more it should open up things for the run game. The real puzzling thing for
me is how poorly our linebackers have played. The group Whit started the year
with was inexperienced and slow. The group of LBs we had during the Sugar bowl
was much more athletic (Sylvester, Gaison & Wright). I hope to see more
athleticism with Hooker and Hale getting more time at the LB position.
R.A.W, there are four consistent senior starters on offense in White, Brenner,
Stevens and Christopher, with Mason, Rolf and Matthews occasionally getting
starters minutes depending on matchups and seemingly how Mason practices during
the week. So obviously those 3 positions don't seem as crucial as far as
production goes to replace, while the other four are solid guys, but the team is
deep enough at receiver with a lot more talented WRs coming in, and I expect
York to take over the RB position. Stevens and Brenner are the most solid
linemen and will be the toughest to replace.But onto your question.
I expect Whit to bring in someone more experienced with a spread passing game to
help BJ mold the offense into how he envisions it working, possibly recommending
Roderick for a promotion elsewhere and replacing him as the WRs coach.
Serious Question for Utah fans...Right now Utah's offense is
nationally ranked #91 in passing ypg, #116 in rushing ypg, and #99 in scoring
offense. From the way things are looking right now, you have 4 more losses on
your schedule. OSU, Cal, UW, and Arizona. WSU, and Colorado are kind of toss
up games, but I do give Utah the edge. So my question is, if Utah
finishes the season 4-8 or 5-7 will Whit replace BJ as the offensive
Coordinator? Or what adjustments do you see him making so it doesn't
repeat in 2013? Keep in mind there are 7 senior starters on the offense right
now.I would love to have some decent, intelligent discussions on
these boards... What say you?
Chris B"I hate losing now, but give it 2 more years and
we'll be fighting USC and Orgeon for the Rose Bowl!"LOL at
the arrogance.Unfortunately for U, this represents the most
delusional expectation of the kids on the hill - they still think they're
in the MWC, and the only teams they have to get up for and beat to secure the
conference championship are BYU and TCU.Sorry to burst your
delusional crimson bubble Chris B, but U also have to beat teams like Oregon
State, Stanford, Washington, California, Arizona State, and UCLA, teams that can
and do produce Top 10, Rose Bowl caliber teams, while not forgetting teams like
Arizona, Colorado, and Washington State, teams that are fully capable of
knocking off the Utes even when they're suffering through one of the worst
seasons in the country - see Colorado last year.Even a very good
Utah team could easily finish in the middle of the PAC, and mediocre Utah teams
are destined for bottom dweller status.
Is the AZ 30 year drought an example of... 'occasional era' or
'for a while'?Sigh, it's another long Ute season...
the gift that keeps on givin' until Christmas and then some.
Great Post DNSmith...that recruiting dilemma is like an 18 year old trying to
establish credit! You gotta have it to get it! Utah needs to be
consistently good as we have been to garner great recruits AND have great bench
depth.We are not there yet on the depth side. I think Whit has been
great for Utah so far and would bet cash he can step up to the next level...no
better time than now!
So Chris has predicted 27 points for the utes OSU beat BYU 42-24 I predict an
OSU victory 72-27 mark it down
What I think all the naysayers are all missing is that in a power conference
teams swing back and forth with occasional eras in which teams break out as
perennial contenders. Every team gets their shot. AZ and ASU have not been
enjoying national success for a while and recruiting was down, FOR PAC
standards. They still consistently out recruit mid majors. ASU gets a new
coaches and boom instant difference and contention for conf. title. Next year if
they perform as strongly they could get into legitimate NC talk. That's a
power conf privilege. The downside is you can also get beat any week by any
team if you so much as blink in your focus. Utah is getting better recruits and
going through growing pains. They used to get away with dumb mistakes and still
win not so anymore. We will fix that and things will gel. Whitt and co did drop
the ball on recruiting but whitt has shown that even with mid major talent he
can win against anyone even SEC power Bama during one of their BEST years. Now
with better talent good things are coming. GO UTES through good and bad!!
To expect much more than what they are experiencing is nothing short of
ignorance and arrogance on the part of Utah players, administration and fans.
Utah has been with the "big boys" how long now? Yep, second
year. Arizona and ASU have been in the PAC10 / PAC12 how long now? Yep, 35
years or so. And combined ASU / Arizona have been to the Rose Bowl how many
times? Correct me if I am wrong, but I think once. And Utah expects to do
what???For Utah to expect anymore than what they are getting is
laughable. Unfortunately, I could write the exact same thing about BYU and
their quest for independence.Welcome to your new reality. You got
what you asked for.
...why Chris B is always living in the past? 2008 was a long time ago...Ute
fans have a right to and should be disappointed. BUT! This should have been
predictable.If the Utes make a bowl game this year, then I will
never post on a Utah article again...I will be posting on Utah articles for
generations to come!
No coach that takes his team to a #2 ranking, undefeated season, win over
Alabama, BCS win does so on flukes.Whittinham is legit. Our program
is legit. Yes, its been a rude welcome to the Pac 12, but in the
end this is a GOOD thing. Whit knows what needs to be done to take our team to
the top of the Pac 12 and I'm totally confident he's doing it.I hate losing now, but give it 2 more years and we'll be fighting
USC and Orgeon for the Rose Bowl!Yes, you can mark that down!Utah 27OSU 21
Better pack your suspenders Utah fans this one is going to be tough
Love the Utes! Whit needs to prove that he is a PAC 12 coach!
Recruiting, X&O, and alternative game plan!Programs can lose
players and not skip a beat...Good teams don't!! Injuries are a common
theme in major conferences...This season has really sucked!!