To ROCK ON:Optimism? Did I miss something? We still have a head
coach that likes to play his "buddies" and not look deep enough to play
the real talent. So, this is not just a bad luck type of deal, this is a
fundamental problem that runs deep into the program. Are you
telling me this has all been cured? We have seen a head coach that
bailed on good, wonderful, dependable hires--betraying their hard work, their
trust, their dedication and their families. Now we are supposed to offer blind
trust again? How is it, that Bronco could pull the rug out from
under his coaches (Doman, Dupaix and Cahoon), but he could not pull the rug out
from under a poor performing, under-talented, injured, quarterback who was
causing losses on the field? Just want answers that we still have not received.
I'm available to coach, have never lost a game as a football coach on any
level, 'course, haven't ever coached football on any level...I'd
say "go get 'em boys!" and "listen to the coach from
within"...or if not me, how about Patty Edwards, she helped out Lavell when
he needed help with the offense.
@Howard S. You clearly have no idea what you are talking about.
First, our QB situation will be pleasantly surprising. While nobody, (myself
included) has any idea how Taysom will look coming back, it was clear that he
CAN be a dominant performer. He was a littler rough around the edges last year,
but given time and coaching, this year could be very productive for him. As for the O-line, you want to bring of "Stars". How many
professional O-Line guys were 5 stars? I can tell you, from the Super Bowl
winning Ravesn, only one of them was, Michael Oher. The rest were pretty much
nobodies who had desire and good coaching. I am not worried about the O-line for
two reasons. 1)They can't be much if any worse than they were last year,
2)we have much more aggressive minded coaches. Coach T, knows the JC ranks and
if he has brought in some good JC O-linemen, I trust his 17 years of
experience.Good luck this year with college footballs most gangly
QB, I seriously hope you can get into a bowl game this year and quit
embarrassing the state of Utah.
@Howard S"No one knows how a player rehabbing from a serious injury
will respond physically or mentally to live competition. One injury makes a
second injury more likely. Not an ideal situation for the running offense Anae
intends to implement for BYU QBs."This coming from the fan of a
HC and team who was moronic enough to bank all their fortunes 2 yrs in a row in
the Pac12 on a weak and feeble Jordan Wynn. Spare us the lectures."What could possibly go wrong?Going into probably its toughest
schedule ever next season BYU will have:A new OC with a new
offensive system"The only thing that went wrong was your attempt
at analysis. Anae isn't a new OC, or maybe you're new to college
football (which I can understand being that the utes no longer are a college
level team). He's not even new to BYU (strike 2) and because NCAA rules
only allow so many assistant coaches he will likely assume his previous role and
coach the TE's (strike 3).
The team up north will continue improving chances of other PAC teams qualifying
for bowl games. With Utah, and Colorado in the mix, six wins is obtainable for
more bowl representative of the conference.It's just that
simple, and for that reason, BYU was not a good fit.
My, my, my the trolls for the bottom feeders seem a bit testy. It appears
Anae's rejection of Utah has struck a nerve, or rather, better put, made
Tom in CAVallejo, CAYou mean those "mid to bottom dwelling
utes" who are 3 and 0 in the last three and 8 and 3 in the last eleven games
against the mighty Cougs?
Howard S - You would be better served to worry about your mid to
bottom dwelling utes, instead of worrying about the BYU Cougars.
I predict we go 12-1 next year, losing to Notre Dame or Texas, but not both.
Why my optimism? We were in virtually every game this past year and
the defense bailed us out. With even a C- offense we could have won big last
year.Why will our offense be better?1. Better offensive
cooradinator, arguably.2. Better quarterback, arguably.3. Better
backs as we'll have two starters coming back.4. Receivers just as
good.5. Offensive line better as how could it be worse.6. Tight ends
getting more involved.7. Optimism high and simplicity making us lean and
mean.8. It looks like our quarterback and receivers coaches will be better
due to the time used in the extensive search.9. We're playing some of
our greatest rivals at home.10. Put it all together and it looks great!
RockOnSpanish Fork, UTA couple of points to help clear the fog
of Cougar delusion.First, BYU's best option at QB is an injured
sophomore with only two games of meaningful playing time and 3 touchdowns and 2
interceptions in those games.No one knows how a player rehabbing
from a serious injury will respond physically or mentally to live competition.
One injury makes a second injury more likely. Not an ideal situation for the
running offense Anae intends to implement for BYU QBs.And second,
your revamped O line will be stocked with freshmen and lightly recruited JC
players. Just who do you think will be available next year that is better than
last years players?QB and OL are huge question marks that render
whatever strength there may be at RB, WR, and TE meaningless.But, if
you think an injured, inexperienced QB and two star JC linemen are optimal when
facing your toughest schedule ever... then Enjoy.
@Duckhunter"you specifically, told me johnson was a genius and
utah was going to go to the rose bowl after the season."You're making up your own facts again. I never said anything close to
RE: RockOn"7. A defense that will have better middle
linebackers, a deeper d-line that has ample size to fill in for the missing Fuga
and the speed and strength in Kaufusi who will dominate his side and a returning
Manu for the other side."While I appreciate your rebuttal to
Howard S. I have a hard time believing point #7. Please don't dismiss how
valuable Manumaleuna, Tialavea, and Fuga were... I don't believe what we
gain this coming season outweighs the loss of those three (plus Dulan).
I am not in love with Detmer as qb coach as most fans seem to be. I DO
appreciate how smart and terrific a QB Detmer was for BYU. But that does not
translate into being a great coach. I would much prefer someone with experience
and a proven track record as a coach at the collegiate level. It doesn't
even have to be at the D-1 level. Maybe Detmer would turn out to be a great
coach also. But his hire would be a big unnecessary gamble, in my opinion.But by this article, it sounds like Bronco and Anae are being very
careful with their selection, which is great. I also really like that
Anae's statement that his offense will revolve around his talent. That
shows he is flexible and is a hallmark of a good coach. I was not in favor of
the Anae rehire, but I am willing to give him a chance.
Can we all take a page out of Coach Anae's book of being classy? Stays
professional about the process of finding the best coach possible and being able
to also compliment and acknowledging Coach Roderick for his talents after going
back to the U. In fact it was classy how he referred in another article that the
U and other schools had shown interest in him. He never referred to it as a
"strong push" or a rejection on his part, nor did he make it a BYU or
Utah thing. Just a decision and an appreciation to past programs for what he had
learned. Refreshing! I wonder if fans on both sides could follow that lead?
J S (Iowa City, IA): I have noticed that too.Chris: I will take
the high road here - I think Utah is a good team. They seem to win the games
they should win. They have a tough schedule, being they are in the Pac 12.
However, I think Utah is LUCKY to have won so many games against BYU the last 4
or 5 years. I do not think it will happen this year. Look for BYU to win big
this year against UtahIn regards to Coach Anae - it is good to see
him talk about the process of hiring the remaining two coaches. Am I the only
one that thinks he sounds like a head coach already, after having just been
re-hired? It is great that they are persuing Ty Detmer. I seem to see Anae
becoming the head coach at BYU and Detmer becoming the OC. Don't know when
that will be, but it seems to me that it may happen. Don't get me wrong -
I love coach Mendenhall, but when he wraps it up, I can see Anae taking his
place. He will be a great HC.
@howieI asked utah "fans" like yourself that exact same
question before the start of this last season. All of you, you specifically,
told me johnson was a genius and utah was going to go to the rose bowl after the
Howard... you a half empty kind of guy?Here's another spin:1. A returning OC coach with a proven record running a simpler offense the
team is already familiar with that brings more discipline to the system.2.
A QB who has significant reps, who scores TDs, knows how to play, is a well
conditioned RM so he's mature, clear headed and not distracted. Far more
prepared than J/Football Bradshaw other new successful QBs/ He's
fast-strong arm.3. An OL coach who knows how to coach far better than the
previous coach, and, who has his own recruits coming with him. 4. A great
stable of excellent running backs who need less coaching today than last
year.5. Proven and tested wide receivers ready to go.6. Proven and
improving tight ends proven and ready to go.7. A defense that will have
better middle linebackers, a deeper d-line that has ample size to fill in for
the missing Fuga and the speed and strength in Kaufusi who will dominate his
side and a returning Manu for the other side.Now I ask the Cougar
Nation, is there not good reason for optimism in 2013? Yes
Howard S.Taylorsville, UTFair question! Now I ask you, what
could go right? The last time we had good line play and a decent offense was
with Coach Anae. Now he's completed a two year externship with positive
What could possibly go wrong?Going into probably its toughest
schedule ever next season BYU will have:A new OC with a new
offensive systemA QB with limited playing time coming off knee surgeryA OL coach who has never coached in a D1 gameAn RB coach who has never
coached everA new WR coach (may have never coached in a D1 game)A
new TE coach (may have never coached in a D1 game)Now I ask the
Cougar Nation... What could possibly go wrong with this scenario???
That was impressive, he sounds like he knows what he is talking about. I liked
the part where he said the offense will be talent driven. Are you listening BJ.
Sounds like an interview with the real head coach
@Y Grad / Y DadThe utes did go to a bowl game last year and it was
in September just like next years
It is a great study that no matter what BYU does U fans are besides themselves
and spend tons of energy degrading BYU. But at the same time they demand BYU
fans repsect them. I truly don't get this behavior but it does make me
Neither team will excel as long as petty insults and mean remarks are the
defining subjects of discussion for fans and players. Utah and BYU have both
contributed to the rise in national standings which the inter-mountain area has
enjoyed over the past couple of decades. As students graduate and new players
replace them, it is to be expected that the performance of each team will
fluctuate. That is why coaches change every so often; to change the emotions
and attitudes behind each program which seem to go through cycles in ways I
cannot explain. The idea that one coach or another who is replaced or who
chooses to move on or stay is "good" or "bad" is absurd.
Coaches probably work harder than anyone to make their programs succeed. If they
enjoy a run of victories, everyone is happy. But let them disclose that they are
(shudder -- quiver -- gag --) HUMAN, and will have some times when their team
isn't as great as in the past, so they move on where they can start over,
and use some of the new things they've learned, and we are ready to tar and
Chris BSalt Lake City, UT"How many bad teams are you
playing next year?"Just one, Chris, and I sure hope we can beat
them this year. It's getting embarrassing to keep losing to a team that
then goes on to prove just how pathetic they are.
Ignore the rants from my little sister; she's just surly because Coach Anae
wasn't interested in coaching for a program that's gotten so bad that
they can't even qualify for a bowl game anymore.
How many bad teams are you playing next year? That will be the number of winsAnd our seniors will have never lost to youOur seniors 4-0
against little brother.
Ben Cahoon is an outstanding coach. Anae would be wise to reconsider him and ask
him to come back.
I'd still like to know what it was that Anae found lacking in Ben Cahoon.