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Published: Sunday, Nov. 18 2012 12:15 a.m. MST

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Bonneville, ID

The coaches need to answer for how long they have stayed with Riley.

Saint George, UT

Worthless waste of time watching that one. Riley stinks same ol story I don't blame him anymore now I blame the coaches for letting this go on so long

Everett, WA

Coaching D-

flynn is the coolest
San Diego, CA

Coaching: D-

You could have avoided the 4th and desperate plays if you could have played to get into doable field goal range in the 4th quarter alone. I realize our kicking is poor, but there's a decent chance we make 2/3 from

Washington, UT

I am very disappointed in Bronco...and the team, they all really kind of stunk it up, why? Nelson was awful, even an average passer would have given BYU the win. And the Oline got whipped from beginning to end, are they really that bad? or poorly prepared. This team looked far more fired up against Idaho last week, than against pretty good SJSU team this week. where were their heads? And I guess I have to ask, if Nelson is all beat up and throwing wildly all over the field, why would Bronco not play Lark. Lark probably would have won this game because he is a better passer...and he's not all beat up.

Idaho Falls, ID

The defense probably deserves a better grade. The secondary was awful the first half, but the defense rebounded really well the 2nd half, completely shutting SJSU down . Defense played good enough to win.

Offense consistently shoots themselves in the foot when they get close to scoring. CRITICAL mental mistakes cost them. 400 + yards and only 14 points to show for it? That is just sad. Nelson is a competitor and made some brilliant plays, but he is just not a good passer. He'll throw an accurate pass about 2 out of 5 times. Hoffman played great. Without him this year BYU has a losing season.

I actually thought the O-line pass blocked decent enough but their run blocking was atrocious.

South Jordan, UT

That's a generous grade.

Cougar Alumni
Beaver, UT

Need 5 things;

More Idaho games!

Doman fired for injuring a future QB leaving the Cougs with a wounded warrior.

New T-shirt; Band of Aid

Fire Holmoe, get out of Indy!

Head coach with football number one on his list.

Omaha, NE

I think a flawlessly executed onside kick deserves mention for the special teams. But, other than that, the poor grades are deserved.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

Riley tried to gut it out? I believe he was gutted out while being sacked too many times. He was playing hurt!

Omaha, NE

Right on with "one has to wonder if he [Riley] provided the best option under center late in the game." I was thinking the same thing when passes were flying every which way, mostly out of reach of the receivers. Sure, we all admire his resolve and grit, but Riley's effectiveness really drops when he's hurting on every throw.

blue & white
Boise, ID

why don't you grade the coaches? Brandon gets a benifit of the doubt D. Here we go again playing with a hurt QB, we didn't learn our lesson against Utah or BSU. play Lark! in fact I was suprised to see Nelson start the second half during the Idaho game last week. we lost valuable experience for Lark or other QB back ups. Bench Nelson the rest of the season so he can go into January healthy. We really don't know what we have till players are played in a game. if we loose with Lark its nothing new but playing Lark will be a nice reward for a player that has been in the system for several years.

Salt Lake City, UT

Good assessment. I'd only add a grade for the coaches. D-. They failed to get their team up for the game. Doman failed to have a good game plan. Both coaches failed to change an ineffectual quarterback. If the back up QBs are so poor that Nelson gives them the best chance to win, well, I find that hard to believe. Bronco has to get over his "man crush" and move on.

Spanish Fork, UT

Coaching -- F
1. Game film tells you that Fales is fallible if pressured. Coach B doesn't apply pressure until 3 TDs. Only rushes 3 up the middle into 5 blockers. Lots of time. Then applies pressure at the edges and shuts Fales out. Failure to learn from game film. Grade F.
2. Riley is still Riley and fails to hit open receivers, can't throw long, can't hit bubble screens yet coach B doesn't adjust. Exactly how poorly must Riley play to bench him? Apparently 4 trips to the red zone and nothing to show isn't enough. Bad game coaching. Grade F.

Bonneville, ID

I wondered if things mike go this way this year because at the beginning Riley said the coaches want him to play safer and he said that is not how he plays. If you are the coach and a player does not listen to you, you got to pull him to get his attention. Football is not just about being tough, it is also about being smart.

Draper, UT

the thing that really bothers me about Bronco is that he seems to have no clue overall. If you listen to his pre- and post-game interviews over the years, they're all full of "I don't know what happened", "I thought we were prepared", "I hope we're ready"... he just never seems to have a grip on what's going on.

Gold Canyon, az

A player should not be playing with a back injury, period. Even if he was doing well having a bad back and admitting he is not 100% he should not be playing. That he is not playing well just adds to the mystery of why he was playing. Like Southpride56 said above I don't think we should blame Riley, he would never give up, this falls on the coaches.
Yes, the best play was the onsides kick, made possible by the worst play I saw any player make, the SJS guy actually ducked to get out of the way of the football! It made a good laugh!

Everett, WA

@RockOn - I totally agree with your assessment and would like to revise my D- grade for coaching to an F grade for coaching. Don't know what I was thinking to give them a D-. Just being charitable, I guess.

Saint George, UT

Earlier in the season I commented that Riley maybe needed to swallow is pride and step down. I was 100% wrong. Riley is a warrior and will never do that, nor should he. The coaching staff have expected him to play. They should have coached and not acted as anxious spectators, ordering him to sit and heal.
My humble apologies for asserting Riley's pride, or anything about his character was the issue.

Saint George, UT

For some reason Dnews will not post my documenting of the handling of James Lark by the coaching staff. I guess they have no way of veryfying the validity of what I posted. For that reason, I will give up telling the story but suffice it to say, James has humbly played the hand that has been underhandedly dealt him.
Honesty and integrity are cards he holds, despite treatment to the contrary of those two qualitiies by those who promised him otherwise. All he ever wanted was a shot. Unbelievable.

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