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Published: Thursday, April 25 2013 8:55 a.m. MDT

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JD Tractor
Iowa City, IA

Uhhmmm, I wouldn't be singing the praises of the offense after the spring game. What will happen when they play against a real defense? They pretty much ran the O against a local high school team.

Reign it in Jackson, no identity has been established at all. You are drinking way to much koolaid.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

The moment an offense has an "identity" everyone complains that they are predictable.

@JD: what makes you say there is no "identity"? Have you watched every practice?

UteJunky70
midvale, UT

An offense starts with an identity and builds from there. "Here's what we're going to do, we are going to do it until were great at it and we're going to do It at an extremely rapid tempo". This is what UTE fans have been hoping for and this is what Erickson brings . More then anything this is what UTE fans want. The key will be sticking with it and not changing course as we have so many times in the last 5 years (I'm looking at you coach Whit).

What we have is a starting point and that is all it is. Where we take it from here is up to the players executing the scheme. I don't care if it takes an entire year or even 2 let's stick to it until we get it right.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Probably not a better coaching duo in the entire country. National championships, undefeated seasons, many top 5 finishes.

I'd say we have a very good chance at doing something special this year. If guys stay healthy and Wilson plays like we know he can, no reason we can't win the South.

Ifel Of'a-sofa
Alpine, Utah

What comes to my mind is that maybe Utah's defense is not that good? Losing key starters from last years team on a defense that was not very good anyway is not a good measure of a teams "improved offense".

Ragnar Danneskjold
Bountiful, UT

I am optimistic about the offense, but can we stop giving the total yardage from a SPRING GAME? You are counting the yards from both sides, lets not act like 800 yards was produced in one half of real football. The defense had their impact players sitting. Please come back down to earth.

I am hoping that the offense will be much better. If the 0-line can hold up, I think the Utes have enough play makers to be pretty good. My biggest concern is that this up-tempo scheme that they are running will have stalled drives early in the season and put too much pressure on the the D. If the other team has a 15 play drive and moves the ball down the field taking 5 minutes off the clock, and then the Utah offense comes out and goes 3-5 plays in 30 seconds. The D better be in great shape.

worf
Mcallen, TX

The utes are no match for the PAC 12. In 2020, they will still be looking for an identity.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

@worf,

In 2020 you'll still be praying a real conference will invite you.

And they won't!

LOL

Long live the power conferences!

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

I've always said, if Ericksen can keep his nose clean and Johnson realizes he is a co-coordinator in title only (but really he is the QB coach), this would be a big coup for the Utes. So far, so good. Ericksen has proven he knows how to win and move the offense.

But I don't think anyone, other than Chris B, would put Whit and Ericksen at the top of the coaching pyramid. Let's see if they can reach the New Mexico Bowl before we annoint them the best.

ekute
Layton, UT

"But I don't think anyone, other than Chris B"
I'm with Chris.

"The utes are no match for the PAC 12. In 2020, they will still be looking for an identity."
In 2020 the tds will be lobbying STC for a 1 for 2 series. Maybe that will cheer you up.

"What comes to my mind is that maybe Utah's defense is not that good?"
You didn't see the real defense this spring. Try to keep up.

Very pleased with what Coach Erickson has done so far. Another great hire by Witt.

Go Utes.

worf
Mcallen, TX

What comes first?

A paid off national debt, or the Utes in a Rose bowl?

clehman
Sandy, UT

What comes first?

A paid off national debt, Utes in a Rose bowl, or worf saying something meaningful?

2, 1, 3.

Gone fishin
Murray, UT

Crissy?
Not a better coaching duo in the entire country. Put the pink KoolAid away. Realith will set in as soon as the Utes start to play real football and not the inept defense they have been playing so far this spring. Utah is headed for a similar result as last year.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

@worf,

You said the same thing about Utah being Alabama in a prestigious BCS Bowl.

Oh wait, we did that already.

The last team to beat national power Alabama in a bowl game. Utah.

Who did you guys beat in your last BCS bowl game?

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

With 6 OCs in 6 years I think we need stability. I hope Erickson stays on for 3-4 years.

What comes first? An undefeated season or championship celebrations in September?

"[They] danced in the streets. They hugged perfect strangers. They lit off fireworks. And in general, they celebrated and celebrated and celebrated... spontaneous celebrations erupted throughout [Provo] and lasted well into the early hours of the morning on Sunday [for a 1-0 BYU team]." -- Deseret News

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@ekute

utah's defense was no better than ok last year, if even that, and they lost all of the best players from it. I think maybe you are the one that needs to try to "keep up" with the train wreck on the hill.

LOL!

p.s. I'm pretty sure you are just chris b with another screen name. You're not fooling anyone.

packers
roy, UT

Erickson gets some of the credit however IMO the main improvement goes to the O-line, they are giving the QB's time to throw and are opening up huge holes for the backs to run though, the offense looked a lot better on Saturday than the did at last years Spring game however it's very hard to really tell going up against a basic zone defense missing key players but I do feel better about this upcoming season. Go Utes!

U 90
Corona, CA

@ duckhunter "maybe you are the one that needs to try to "keep up" with the train wreck on the hill"

Must be rough sledding in happy valley when your team can't beat a train wreck and has to load up on a diet of Hawaii, New Mexico State, Weber State and Idaho in order to qualify for a lower tier bowl. Keep posting duck the entertainment value is priceless.

AZUTE1
Mesa, AZ

byu lost Van Noy's entire supporting-cast up front, lost the only decent DB they have in their J.C. CB suffering a season-ending injury, return an inexperienced, injury-prone QB, an absolutely horrible o-line and will have an SOS as close to what UTAH has been playing against in recent years in a week-in, week-out grind of a schedule and they're pointing their collective finger at us? Hysterical, really.

Per the first comment--

“The defense was watered down, but it's been watered down for years and we haven't had this kind of offensive production.”
Utah coach Kyle Whittingham

We had key starters out for this Spring Game and have other top-flight talent arriving this Summer. We'll be fine. tds, however, has bm relentlessly pursuing 2-star recruits as their fall-back. byu is merely a few years away from being beyond return from complete/utter irrelevancy. Prepare to see 4 straight, 5 of 6, 9 of 12 and the overall record becoming, 57-34-4, come to fruition this upcoming September. Not even deliberate placement of a bye-week prior to our game this year can save byu.

AZUTE1
Mesa, AZ

Correction--

"....SOS as close to what UTAH has been playing against....as they'll ever come....and they're pointing their collective finger at us?"

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