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

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Utes Fan
Salt Lake City, UT

I still think this is an excellent move for Utah. However, I think it will take a few years before Utah significantly improves its offense. We might see some improvements in the 2013 season, but I think 2014 and beyond is when we should really expect offensive improvements.

Go Utes!

Salt Lake City, UT

@CA reader,

"he starts out well". The Utes need a quick start. Erickson was not hired to be the head coach, but to jump start the offense and tutor Brian Johnson. I think he overstated Johnson as a superstar, but I think BJ could be a potential superstar.

Regarding the trolls around here, Duckhunter is the equivalent of Chris B.

So. Cal Reader
San Diego, CA

“Brian Johnson is a superstar in our business,” Erickson said. “He really is.” Well, let's now add great used car salesman to Erickson's resume! Come on, Brian. Hold your own in your meetings with him. Don't let him walk all over you!!

Salt Lake City, UT


Did Duckhunter really say "Spare us the platitudes"? These come from the King of Banality: 1)"The disappointing aspect is it was a loss. The positive aspect is that we exhibited resiliency." 2)Quest for Perfection 3) Band of Brothers 4)“I'm extremely excited about this class. The first word that comes to my mind is character.” 5) "Whether we are on the road or here at Edwards Stadium, we'll be prepared to face each opponent with the effort, intensity and execution necessary to compete at the highest level.” 6)"Now we need to work on finishing and tackling at a higher level.”

And you pick one phrase from Coach Erickson's first press conference to call him out coach-speak?

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

I dont care what your past is. Just win baby!

Salt Lake City, UT

"Dennis Erickson may be a nice guy and reasonably well-schooled in all levels of football but his track record is poor at best."

You're speaking of his track record as a head coach, right? He wasn't hired to be a head coach. He was hired to be OC. Sometimes a position coach has great success but doesn't fare well as a head coach.

Example? BYU. Some Cougar fans were praying that Andy Reid would replace Bronco this year. Kicking Bronco out of the program would have been a huge mistake. Bronco is a monster defensive coordinator. As a head coach? Well... I've seen enough criticism from Cougar fans about their own team's problems. I don't need to pile on.

Drum and Feather

So why are Utah fans like Joco Ute, Spokane Ute, Ernest Bass and RBN having such a fit over Duckhunters comment in this article? Did any of you actually consider what he wrote or did you just have an emotional overreaction to the fact that he made a post?

Nevermind the fact that he is actually correct in what he posted, Johnson certainly is not a superstar in coaching and if he was Erickson certainly would not have been hired and Johnson would not have been demoted. That is all correct, it is true.

Yes Duckhunter posts things to get under Utah fans skin but that doesn't make everything he posts wrong and this is a good example of it. Our overreactions to his posts, without even considering the content, is what has him LOLing us all of the time. Also multiple Utah fans making multiple posts about how they don't care about his comments or his posts just proves we do care about them. It is really silly.

Salt Lake City, UT

"Nevermind the fact that ... Johnson certainly is not a superstar in coaching"

Wow. Such an overreaction to Erickson's statement.
Is Johnson a superstar right now this very moment? No.
Does he have a great mind for the game and a coordinator talent worth developing? Yes!
No different from any other sport where they bring in a veteran to develop the rookie.
Ute fans get it. Cougar fans fear it.

cedar city, UT

@Drum and Feather

You are right. We need to be focused on our team and not by naysayers that just try to stir people up. The point of these comments are to talk about the article, not dig at each other and say the same thing over and over and over complete with mindless stats.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

@Drum and Feather

Who in the world had a "fit"? Talking about reading one's post, you may want to take your own advice in the future. Sheesh!

As far as Erickson goes, the guy can only help. I'm a big Brian Johnson fan, but the offense was so predictable last year. Before Travis Wilson took over, when ever they would bring him in for a play; it would always, and I mean always, be a QB keeper. Once he took over, it seemed like every short yardage play would be a run up the middle. Throw in some play action for heck sake. I'm not so sure Travis Wilson is the answer either. Oh well, here is to a better season........GO UTES!

JoCo Ute
Grants Pass, OR

@ Ducky nice follow up on WhyBYU's insight. The three trolls (including CWEB) need some mirror time. Other than Ute fans, who care about following their team, who was it that took the time to read and comment on the story about Dennis Erickson and Utah football.

Uh Oh, phone's ringing looks like another call from Mountain Ridge about students skipping class and playing on their computers.

Drum and Feather

Spokane Ute you just agreed with Duckhunter so you also confirmed the point I made. Of course Erickson can only help, and of course he was brought in because Johnson was in over his head last year. Johnson is not a superstar as Erickson claimed and Duckhunter pointed out.

And yes several of you had a fit over him pointing it out. If he was a Utah fan then we wouldn't take any exception to the point he made. Likewise many of us have been making fun of Bronco for the stupid things he says so why do we get all upset when a BYU fan points out a stupid comment by one of our guys?


Spokane, I agree. Travis played well last year... for a freshman. That post scriptum won't be attached to his name this year. He will either play well or he won't. A sophomore, junior or senior with almost a 1:1 touchdown to turnover ratio can't be considered efficient, while a freshman gets much more slack. Also, I've heard great things about Cox so far, and believe he may give Travis all the competition he can handle, and with a new evaluator in Erickson, I think the one that gets the starting job will have earned it based on performance, not seniority.

Highland, UT


Your claim:

"what you don't realize is that absolutely no one cares."

And yet you keep responding and proving beyond any doubt that you do "care" and you "care" deeply. LOL!

Murray, UT

Hey Ducky,

How many contracts to you have at the U of U right now? Even if I could I would not bad mouth the hand that feeds me. Not classy.

Qwest Perfected
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm so happy to have coach Erickson finally join the staff. I'm excited to see what he can do with Utah's offense.

Spring ball is just around the corner and I for one can't wait.

Welcome to the Ute family Dennis.

Go Utes!

Las Vegas, NV

And the down south melt-down begins again with earnest, lead by lil ducky as usual!

I was very skeptical about the Erickson hire, but the more I hear of his plans, and the more I hear from the fans of other schools he coached at, the more optimistic I am becoming. He is a PROVEN commodity with an immeasurable wealth of experience and recruiting connections. He recognizes BJ for his brilliant football mind. Superstar is a stretch right now, by any measure, but unlike Doman, the potential is there for greatness. We'll see how it all plays out on the field next season, so southie rhetoric is just hot air.

CA reader: "I admittedly am a BYU fan". Ya think??

Ernest T. Bass: You are a riot dude - I love all your posts, seriously.

Go Utes!!

Cedar Hills, UT

To all those taking coach Erickson's comments our of context. This was his complete statement on BJ.

"Brian is a superstar in our business. I've spent 3-4 days with him, and he is. You're not a player like that, and do the things he does as a competitor and not be able to transfer that to a coach."

Of course BJ is not "superstar" as a coach YET. Coach Erickson was partly referring to BJ and the fact that he called many of his own plays in the Utes 2008 undefeated season and can be a great OC and head coach because of his unique abilities.

I think that he hit the nail on the head about QB play too. Your success is determined at the QB spot and I like what's in place and coming.

The fact that the Utes staff has stayed together through all of this speaks volumes. This is a great hire.

Go Utes!

Salt Lake City, UT

@Drum & Feather,

I'm just pointing out that little bird hunter ought to be consistent. Coaches often speak in hyperbole, i.e. Bronco's quest for perfection. Oh, bad example, he really believed what he was saying.... but you get the picture. Bronco is the king of platitudes, and yet ducky chooses to point out Erickson in his first press conference. The irony was thick, and the kettle was black. It needed to be pointed out.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

@Drum and Feather

Nope, I just scroll right over his comments like I said. I don't read his comments. Sorry if that equates to "throwing a fit" and has upset you. I'm certainly not upset, not in the least bit. Nice job of patting Ducky on the back though; I'm sure he appreciates it.


Agreed. I really hope that what ever QB is deemed the starter, that the decision is made early on. I don't beleive Chase Hansen is due back for another year? I expected great things from him coming out of HS. I'm really hopeful that Travis Wilson can get it done; but I haven't been overly impressed so far. Maybe Cox is the answer. We shall see! Take care Guy; I always enjoy the back and forth!

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