Anae takes over as BYU's Offensive Coordinator and brings in an entire new
staff.Erickson takes over as Utah's Offensive Coordinator and
not only does he not bring in a single new coach, he keeps two previous
Offensive Coordinators on staff.BYU clearly has an Offensive
Coordinator who will be in total control of every aspect of the BYU's
offense.Utah clearly has an offense that will be run by committee,
with Whittingham over-ruling Erickson whenever he sees fit, BJ tagging along
pretending to be coordinating something, and A-Rod doing whatever Passing Game
Coordinators do, which is a mystery to everyone except Kyle.
@azuteSo are you the official interpreter for the utah football
program? Did they hire you to tell everyone what it is they actually
'mean' instead of what they actually said?LOL!
Well said Louis D. Precise and accurate!
Riley Nelson's BACK was not the reason his head kept throwing pics in
critical moments or why he had happy feet all the time. Ineptness, a weak arm
and poor decision making skills sets during game conditions was Nelson's
downfall. He was also instrumental in orchestrating much of the back-story camp
division behind the loss of Jake Heaps. My problem with the coaching staff was
that it failed to recognize the things going on or effectively correct them and
when presented with options, made mistakes (Taysom Hill injury, failure to
develop James Lark). With Utah, I think most people wondered how
Jordon Wynn would survive another season without injury, much like Nelson. Wynn
has a very good mind for football and when healthy, he was a high quality
player. I liked his game. It is sad that he too was simply not able to compete
at the 1A level a full season. Where UTAH's staff made a few of the same
mistakes, failure to develop solid backups was the main error. I hope BOTH
programs have learned from these errors and will greatly improve.
UteologyWhen are the Utes going to stop using "tougher
schedule" as an excuse for losing?Whitless created his own QB
mess, by converting most of the QBs he recruited to other positions and leaving
his QB cupboard completely bare. Chow immediately recognized what a horrible job
Whit had done in stocking his team with quality QBs, and immediately went out
and got the only decent QB he could find, a D-II QB who was only available
because his team had dropped football.Frankly, Utah's schedule
hasn't been THAT tough. The Utes just haven't been able to beat any
decent teams besides BYU.
Howard S."Tri-Coordinators and Clueless have won three in a row
against Bronco's staff brilliance."Clueless has finished
with worse records and lower rankings in the last two seasons and in five of the
eight seasons during the Bronco/Kyle era.
"Utah’s starting quarterback, Jordan Wynn, went down early in the
season. That’s a major disadvantage. But in 2011 Utah also lost its
starter, yet 65-year-old Norm Chow coaxed enough out of reserve quarterback Jon
Hays to win a bowl game."True, but BJ also played a tougher
conference schedule. For example, Chow beat UCLA (6-8) and Oregon
State (3-9) while BJ lost @UCLA (9-5) and @OSU (9-4). That's two games
that "could" have been a 7-5 season for BJ.
Ernest T. Bass: Why are you making assumptions? Mendenhall did not fire Anae!
By Anae's own account in an interiew, he indicated he decided to go
elsewhere to get some different exsperience. If all were known, and not just
reading between the lines, being that there was discord in the coaching ranks
the year Anae left (I understand once it almost came to blows, but nevertheless,
a heated argument), Anae may have left because of that. You will remember that
Bronco announced there would be changes, that not all would be retained, and
even told them to look elsewhere for coaching positions, which some did. I feel
that Anae did not feel comfortable in the present situation, so he went
elsewhere. I am happy, even if a little surprised, that he did come back.
Hahaha ... kyle shows such great loyalty that he's now on his 6th OC in the
past 6 yrs. Enjoy staying home for bowl season once again utes. I'm glad
you're getting used to your new lot in life.When the Cougars
beat your utes this year, it'll be a bitter 2 yrs until we play again.
It's too bad that kyle and chris are afraid to play every year.
BYU - Defense will be solid again. Offense is a question mark, depending on
Hill, the O Line and Anae. This is the first time they've played a legit
AQ type schedule. Texas and Boise St should be better than last year. Notre
Dame should remian a Top 10 team. Wisconsin will compete with Ohio State and
Michigan for the Big10 crown. I'm prediction 8 - 4 and will be doing
cartwheels with anything better. Too many unknowns on the offense with a new
coach and new QB.Utah - Should be solid, but I don't see
anything saying 2013 will be a big improvement over 2012. Losing Star, Kruger
and White will have an impact. Wilson should be improved. Erickson is a plus.
But this will be the Utes toughest schedule in the PAC. Stanford should be on
par with last year. A bit of a drop off with Oregon (new coach) and USC (new QB
and D coordinator). UCLA or Arizona could be favored to win the South. 6 - 6
and bowl eligible has to be considered a successful season for the Utes.BYU vs Utah will be settled on last play, just like 3 of last 4 years.
@SportsFanOrem, UTTri-Coordinators?@Snack PACOlympus Cove, UtahWhit Clueless?*******************Tri-Coordinators and Clueless have won three in a row against
Bronco's staff brilliance.
Ducky: any way you slice it is's . . . Spin, spin, spin, quack, quack
quack. The old empty barrel is starting to rattle.
@ Navel Vet, I'm not saying BYU 100% WILL get Top 20 ratings,
but I think personally it is possible. I was just saying that USA Today/Sagarin
had BYU listed as 26th despite it's okay season. However, games are played
on the field, not on the computer or on paper so it will be interesting to see
what happens this season.
SportsFan:"Bronco was smart enough to pick ONE Offensive
Coordinator, instead of experimenting with Tri-Coordinators..."Haha! You still think a "Passing Game Coordinator" is an O.C. The
football IQ of your run-of-the-mill Indy-WACer is laughable.
@jocouteMight not of until you brought me up. Obviously I am in your
head and have set up residence there. LOL!
"Rising star, maybe. But superstar? Not yet."Brad,Don't you think what Coach DE meant in his statement was, "Superstar
in the making"? I'm 100% certain you in fact do which then makes your
misrepresentation of it here in this article of yours a reflection upon you
yourself in which way, precisely? IMO, it doesn't come across as being
reflective of journalistic-integrity....What do you think?Thanks in
advance for acknowledging your error in judgement here and expressing your
renewed determination to remaining above such a thing, going forward....I'm
certain it's appreciated.Yours Truly,AZUTE1Mesa, AZ
Howard S"Kyle stuck by his belief that BJ will be a great
one."LOL!Kyle is simply saving face because
he's too embarrassed to admit that he made a colossal blunder in elevating
Brian Johnson to Offensive Coordinator.Whittingham is so clueless
that he actually thought a 25-yo with only two years of coaching experience was
qualified to match whits with seasoned PAC 12 Defensive Coordinators.
Howard S.Bronco was smart enough to pick ONE Offensive Coordinator,
instead of experimenting with Tri-Coordinators that Whittingham will still try
OCougKyle stuck by his belief that BJ will be a great one. As an
employer he found a way support him and help him get better.Bronco
pulled the rug out from the entire offensive staff kicking them all to the
curb.And lets not forget that this is the second time in 4 years
that Bronco has dumped his offensive staff.Where is the loyalty that
Bronco values so much?Oh, and lets not forget that Whit's
management of this staff has won 3 in a row against Bronco.
It'd be great if both teams are successful this incoming year. @Howard S.Your right, they are nothing alike, Bronco has the guts
to do what he thinks is needed. While Kyle hires a "real" offensive
coordinator and cops out by making co-coordinators. What a joke.I'd
rather have someone end it quickly than drag it out slowly and give me lip
Good article, balanced, well written and interesting. No one-sided homers here.
Guess we won't hear from Ducky.
FB Fan #2:"BYU had one of the worst offenses in school history
and they almost beat those 4 opponents,PLUS finished 26th in the country...They
certainly have the talent to do so,..."I noticed that Baylor
(AP) and Michigan (USA Today) were the first teams out of the Top-25, but not
the Y. In fact, the Y was nowhere to be seen among those other teams receiving
votes. And if they weren't anywhere to be seen amid those other teams
receiving votes with a weak schedule, how are they suddenly expected to crack
"But winning comes first for Mendenhall..." -- Brad RockIs
it "first" now? I thought football was FIFTH on the list of importance.
The actions taken by Bronco and Whit are not remotely equivalent.Bronco kicked his struggling OC to the curb.Whit hired a mentor
for his struggling OC.
In today's environment a head coach with a heart is quickly unemployed.
Bronco was a total stud when he fired Anae then begged him to come back. So cool
that he does that.
Chris B. One game doesn't mean anything, and losing on the road to those 4
teams by 8 combined points is respectable. BYU had one of the worst offenses in
school history and they almost beat those 4 opponents,PLUS finished 26th in the
country. I can see a top 20 finish if everything falls in place. They certainly
have the talent to do so, and so does Utah and USU.
Chris B:You're not taking much risk here, given the rebuilding
that has to happen on both offensive and defensive lines. Nevertheless, I
admire your spirit, since you are bravely foregoing a demand for a quid pro quo
-- and should BYU exceed expectations, it might be fun to see if you can carry a
tune on the internet. I probably should offer to do the Ute fight song if they
break .500, which I consider to be unlikely but not impossible. Half my family
-- the dark side, of course -- would laugh like crazy. Alas, I cannot carry a
tune; thus I won't make the offer. In the meantime, tune up your golden
voice, because miracles may happen. Rest assured that I will duly remind you of
your commitment, should a Top-20 finish end up being in the cards for the Y.
Don't shout too loud at the games -- vocal chord stress will not be a valid
excuse, so mind that voice! You may be needing it.Take care
FBFan,byu top 20?LOLOLOLOLOLOLYou can't
beat Utah, Notre Dame, Boise, Texas, but somehow you're going to be top 20?
From a BYU Fan, I can say that the future looks pretty bright for Utah, and BYU
this year! Not sure how USU will do without their head coach, but the talent is
there to make top 15 team! Utah definitely has the tougher schedule of all the
schools, but BYU's isn't too far behind. I think Utah will be able to
knock off USC and UCLA this year, I believe they have a shot at the PAC-South
Title Game. A long shot yes, but possible. I think BYU will be able to make a
statement in important games against Texas, ND, Boise State, USU and Utah. I see
them being atleast top 20, with the Utah-BYU, and USU-BYU games being toss ups
at this point. USU has great home field advantages in the new MWC schedule
format, and The Boise St game will be a fun one to watch. Future looks bright in
Utah and wish all of the teams good luck!