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Published: Sunday, Jan. 6 2013 5:00 p.m. MST

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

No. Brian will learn. He's still young enough in the coaching profession to have potential in the position. Doman had been QB coach long enough and worked with the offense long enough that if he was any good he would have been able to make BYU at least an average offensive team.

BYU and Utah's offenses may have more or less comparable numbers, but at one point in the season I remember Utah had the 2nd hardest schedule in the nation. I'm not sure how the last couple games changed that. That said - Brian's ability to have an average football offense against a significantly more challenging schedule tells me he has potential.

Whittingham is one of the best in the nation at putting people in the positions that will make them AND the team successful.

I still see Roses within 3 more years!

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Rumors suggest that Whittingham has been entertaining the idea of a new offensive coordinator and has perhaps even interviewed a few people INCLUDING Anae before he took the BYU offer. Whether true or not, I for one would've liked Anae to Utah. I'd be happy at his return to the Y if I was a cougar fan.
Bottom line, it won't surprise me in the least if a new OC at Utah ends up happening.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

Brian Johnson inherited an injury prone quarterback and did a great job under the circumstances. Meanwhile Brandon Doman inherited the top Quarterback recruit in the nation and squandered the opportunity. As far as Gary Crowton is concerned, I think he's shown he's simply not the guy to develop young talent. Brian is. I don't think he's going to get fired anytime soon.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

Utah won't make a change at OC for at least another year or two if things don't improve. Firing a coach on a knee jerk reaction after a rough year is usually not a good choice. See: BYU and Robert Anae.

indycrimson
Franklin, IN

Utah needs an OC and we don't need to look in state! Or recycle! Or promote a quarterback! Go find a great OC at a JC or D2...

Chip Kelly was at New Hampshire when OR found him...

eagle
Provo, UT

I think Doman and Johnson are good coaches and great minds but were both over their heads at this junction in their coaching arch. I hope that Whittingham realizes this with Johnson not only for the betterment of his program but for Johnson's sake as well.

AltaHawkFan
Sandy, UT

re: chrissy b

Yes, BJ will learn but if kyle keeps him at OC, he'll get kyle fired before he becomes proficient. Your utes did not even have an average offense. Your offense was in the bottom 20 in the nation last year.

The only roses you'll see the next 3 yrs are through your rose colored glasses.

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

Utah is in the PAC . Political correctness will rule. Utah can't make a change now. They are stuck for two more years.

USAlover
Salt Lake City, UT

Wow, so few Ute fans actually care anymore!

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

I certainly hope utah keep johnson as their offensive coordinator as he obviously is not ready for the position and I owuld expect more of what we saw this year from him for the forseeable future.

That said whittingham's record with OC's is not particularly good so if he does hire a new one it probably won't make a whole lot of difference.

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

Follow Chris B's prediction. He is never wrong. (Sarcasm; insert laughter here.)

It will take Utah 3 seasons, maybe 4, to amass 10 conference victories. Why would they suddenly be in line for the Rose Bowl?

Hope springs eternal on the hill, I suppose. Just ask Arizona how that has been working for them in regards to getting to the Rose Bowl.

Keep Brian for sure.

Balan
South Jordan, Utah

Nope. No one at the U can admit when they make a bad decision.

gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

Kyle's choice of QBs and OCs has been his biggest flaw as head coach.

Qwest Perfected
Salt Lake City, UT

To be fair, I think any OC would have struggled with developing game plans for 3 different QB's all with very different skill sets. Of course Johnson could have done better, but his play calling wasn't the only problem. It took a while for the O-line to develop and by the time they finally started to play better the Utes made the move to Wilson.

It would have been so huge for this team to make a bowl game this year if for nothing else than the additional practices that the NCAA allows for it. The Utes ended up wasting a lot of time in the preseason the last two years with a QB that wasn't 100% healthy. As the Utes head into next year with no real QB controversy's, I hope the offense can make some significant improvement.

I don't think Johnson necessarily did anything that would cause him to lose his job but I wouldn't be shocked if Kyle promoted Roderick to CO-OC or something like that.

I hope they can figure it out soon and lock down some good recruits, that will help more than anything else.

Go Utes!

poyman
Lincoln City, OR

@Chris B... Your comment (like most of what I read from you) always puts a smile on my face...
Utah is worse than BYU in Offensive stats, and BYU has really been off the last couple of years.

To be a solid OC at the Division I level you need to have had some experience at the HS, Div II or III level, or as an understudy at a good program at the Division I level for 3 or 4 years...The key is building a scheme that compliments your talent and then try to recruit the skills that fit the scheme... Both Johnson and Doman are solid Football guys and will be good someday, but both need OC exposure in an environment where they can learn and experiment before taking the job at a BYU or a Utah... I love the Cougars and I do believe that Doman could be successful if he takes time, swallows his pride and learns from an experienced guy... He had a tendency to want to run what was successful for BYU back when he was the QB... The trouble is, he didn't have the line he had, or Luke Staley, etc.

Max
Charlotte, NC

Whittingham is a great coach. He has had so many opportunities to move on to really big time programs and has elected to stay. BUT some of his decisions on personnel could really cost him. He rolled the dice when he appointed such a young and completely inexperienced man as OC. Going up against all those world class defensive coordinators in the PAC 12? He didn't have a chance. Utah needs top of the line coaches to be competitive. Waiting for Johnson to develop could be rough on Whittingham's career.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

Utah should follow BYU's lead in everything. Some universities are destined to lead, other to follow. Just kidding Utes!

Sounds right..
Cedar City, UT

@ CHris B. According to Sargarin Utah Sched Strength was 37th in the country. BYU was 56. Now that Utah has Stanford and oregon on the Sched there is 2 more losses. Good luck utes.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

I wasn't a big fan of promoting a 25-yr old QB coach to O.C. after only 2-yrs coaching, but I don't see Utah making any changes at the O.C. spot this offseason.

Johnson really only had 1-yr to learn from Chow before assuming his role, but at least now, he has some experience to reflect back on. And ESPECIALLY following a 5-7 season. Utah needs improvement on the OL first and foremost, and we need more consistent play at the QB position. As for the QB spot, I really like Wilson. He finished 2012 with a 122.2 QB rating as an 18-yr old TRUE Freshman. By way of comparison, cougar-hero Taysom Hill finished with a 122.4 QB rating as a 21-yr old R/S Freshman. At 6-6, 230-lbs, if Wilson can add another 10-15 lbs to his frame, I could see Utah completing our 1st season with the same QB under Center since BJ finishing out the Sugar Bowl. THEN, if Utah sputters, THEN might it be time to bring in a new, more experienced O.C.

Let's see what BJ can do in '13.

reasonableUTE
Provo, UT

Kyle is not a knee jerk reaction type of guy... If he was he would have left Utah for BYU after his father got fired. He would have taken the Tennessee job, he would have benched Wynn a LONG time ago. He will be patient with Brian, as should we. This article was ridiculous and completely unfounded in reality.

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