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Published: Wednesday, Feb. 20 2013 8:00 p.m. MST

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gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

Obviously a lot needs to come together for this to work but it could play out really sweet with a few developmental and chemistry factors ironing themselves out with a stable environment on the hill. The QBs have the Erickson skill set. They are inexperienced and raw. We will have to see what the new OC can do with developing young players quickly to play in the PAC 12.

GoRed
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

Welcome to Ute Nation, Coach Erickson. We're glad to have you aboard!

Go Utes!!

CWEB
Orem, UT

I love how he says Johnson is a superstar...yep...that is WHY he was replaced...nobody wants a "superstar" running things...we'd better have a burning out star! Oh, Utah, start saying your prayers, you are on the path of Arizona and Arizona State...never winning the big one. So sad. Really, I hope the best for you.

Chewbacca
Magna, UT

I think we have a lot of good pieces to work with. There should be more depth on the O-line this year. If they can train them up we should be in position to have a better season.

Here's hoping for success.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

“Brian Johnson is a superstar in our business,” Erickson said. “He really is.”

Really? Spare us the platitudes. If he is a "superstar" then you wouldn't be here.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm excited to see how all this plays out on the fall. I think shotgun/no huddle will be a good fit for the Utes.

JoCo Ute
Grants Pass, OR

Heeeeeerrrrs Ducky

What took you so long to start the negative comments, you let three people slide in before you. I guess my point is; why do you even bother. Everyone knows you'll jump onto every Utah post and share your expertise, but what you don't realize is that absolutely no one cares.

Ute fans reading these comments look at them with the understanding that it's an empty barrel that makes the most noise.

I see you took the time to "Like" your own post, how sweet.

Roger Jolly
Maricopa, AZ

Bottom line for BYU; Join a BIG BOY conference and let's see how you would do? TCU and Utah... tough times.

Until then... enjoy being laughed at. And your fans laugh at Ute fans, "beat a winning Pac team."

Tell me when BYU beat anybody the last couple of years? They can't even beat the Utes.

Call4Moderation
Salt Lake City, UT

First Norm Chow, now this? BJ is getting some serious mentoring. Hope it pays off.

Silent Lurker
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Dennis gave us mostly coach speak, he said all the right things and doned the right colors, he knows that now the work really begins. Can he make an impact for the Ute offence? With a healthy QB and a little luck with the O line Utah should be playing in a bowl again this year.

JMT
Springville, UT

I'm a BYU fan though I hope this turns out well for Utah. If he can bring the same offense as he has other teams, should be an improved year. Likely Utah has the skill to run his type of plan. With a souped up offense maybe Utah can compete for the Rose Bowl.

I think the biggest beneficiary of his presence is Brian Johnson, and a really classy act of Coach Witt to do this. Essentially, he is brining in a seasoned veteran to mentor Brian for a year. More than anything this is an investment in Brian and his future. This is the Utah management team showing how they see the future. Again, class.

Should be fun and minus one game this year I hope it goes well for Utah.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

I'm optimistic. I don't see how it can do anything but help; as long as Erickson and Brian Johnson can work together. Erickson has been all over the west. If he picks up a gig at UTEP and Nevado Reno he can fill out his western coaching bingo card.

@JoCoUte

You are spot on. Haters are going to Hate. As soon as I see the name, I just scroll on down.

BYU still rules
Nephi, UT

JoCo Ute: Absolutely nobody cares, except of course you, who took the time to respond to the Duck Hunter's comment.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

Ute recruiting just got a big boost.... should be intersting.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@jocoute

You obviously care, you wrote a 200 word response trying to tell everyone how much you don't care. lol

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

2 coaches with top 2 final rankings.

I bet we are the only team the country with 2 coahces that have done that.

Let's just say that bodes very well for Ute football. This year, its a 3 team race between USC, UCLA, and Utah in my opinion. It's take Kyle a couple years to figure our our deficiencies. Why do I have faith he'll take us to the top? Because he already did take us to the top. Beating Alabama in a BCS game was not a fluke. Go Utes!

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

utah fans had better hope his first order of business is to ask bronco and Anae how to run an offense and a coaching staff. Second order of business is to ask a gull hunter how to call plays. He does that and he'll get his 3rd national championship for sure.

Alterego
Harrisville, UT

Well he doesn't exactly have a recent history of tremendous success, but I'm sure with Utah's superior athletes, superior facilities, superior hospital, superior turf, superior secretaries, superior helmets and superior parking lot, he will have the utes in a Rose bowl three of the next four years, or at least a Pac 10.2 winning record 3 of the next 4 years.

cedarcityute
cedar city, UT

It was fun to finally get to hear Dennis talk in general about their plans. Obviously it was general coach speak, but nonetheless fun to hear. I couldn't help but think how we've been on a crutch for the past 2 years with our quarterback situation. Hopefully this year we are knowingly starting out with a healthy, more experienced quarterback and can move on to bigger and better things.

CA. reader
Rocklin, CA

I admittedly am a BYU fan, but I do not understand this hire at all. Dennis Erickson may be a nice guy and reasonably well-schooled in all levels of football but his track record is poor at best. Historically he starts out well but tends to flame out quickly and brightly. I don't recall any program that he has left in better condition than when he started. When I hear his name the first word that comes to mind is vagabond. I can't see this having a positive effect on Utah's program. Utah may be in over its head in the Pac 12 right now but I have always respected Whittingham's ability to coach and adjust to situations. This smacks of desperation.

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