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Published: Saturday, Aug. 24 2013 10:15 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

The team has accepted the challenge given by Coach Anae and they have put in the effort and intensity to bring the up tempo no huddle offense to BYU. Implementing any radical change in offense is challenging. Having watched the spring scrimmage and the fall previews I have confidence that we will see a big difference from last year's offense.
Will it be enough for an up scaled schedule? Let's stop the talk and just enjoy the season.
No, We don't want to hear any more about the aspirations of foes for game 2, 3 or even 4.
Now we want to just prepare for the next game which is Virginia.
No, we don't think your boasts or fantasies are on topic, Virginia is the topic.
Now we focus on BYU's offense and defense, or Virginia's and not future foes.
If you don't want to stay on topic please don't post off topic blather.
Thank you.

Salt Lake City, UT

I missed the side bar about Mitch Matthews the first time I read this. I really hope Anae has brought the tight end back into the priorty plays. BYU has always been strongest when they have a strong threat at the tight end.
Virginia is concentrating on tackling which is always an important skill set. BYU can counter that with powerful tightends and mismatches with fast shifty small receivers that can escape the Linebacker looking for the big tight ends. Mix it up Cougars.

One week. Focus on the topic at hand...Virginia, nothing else.

Logan, UT

Wow... Virginia won 3 games last year...That sounds like a very hard task. Most Big Sky teams could beat them..

Cottonwood Heights, UT

I'm looking forward to the season... Thank goodness it's finally here and beginning.



SLCWatch: Loved your posts... Matthews is not a tight end, he's a wideout. Great speed, hands, size and runs routs with precision. He's pretty skinny, so hopefully he'll absorb hits without injury. I'm quite giddy, and hope Hill goes to him often.

Idaho Falls, ID


Your logic is astounding.
Actually Virginia won 4 games last year, including a win against Miami.
Utah won 5 games. Does that mean most Big Sky teams would beat Utah also?

Salt Lake City, UT

Actually they won four games Jenny. But importantly they changed a lot of coaches and have been emphsising changing the culture of the team. Some of the names they have brought in are not wimps in the coaching ranks either. Steve Fairchild is a 31 year veteran coach that the Cougars have had difficulty with in the past. He coached at San Diego State when they had Marshall Faulk, He coached CSU to WAC and Mountain West titles
He turned New Mexico's offense around. He coached in the pro's with Buffulo Bills and St. louis Rams. O'Brian is a new assistant Head coach and was the Coach who turned Boston College around and beat BYU twice. Coach Tenuta is another assitant Head coach and he has a prestigous record for turning around teams defenses including Ohio State, Notre Dame, SMU and most recently NC State.
This isn't going to be a patsy team.

Salt Lake City, UT

How is it a new offensive attack when this is Anae's 2nd tour of duty in Provo?

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Can't wait. This will be another great offense from the school that invented great offense.

Idaho Falls, ID


"How is it a new offensive attack when this is Anae's 2nd tour of duty in Provo?"

Well,... because it is.

An OC is not allowed to change his offensive strategy?

Salt Lake City, UT

to idablu

How exactly will it be different? Losing the ridiculous gaps in the OL that Anae picked up at Texas Tech doesn't count.

Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

Re: Pendergast

Ever heard of Arizona? They're a school that put up 34 points against Utah last season. Robert Anae was their offensive coordinator. Also, he coached some running back named Kadeem Cary last year who was an All-American and the leading rusher in the Pac-12. He also worked under Rich Rodriguez who is one of the best offensive minds in the country.

So yeah, he's learned a thing or two. That's how things will be different.

Idaho Falls, ID

Biggest change, of course, will be the tempo. Hurry-up, no huddle.
It will still be basically a spread minus the huge gaps as you pointed out.
But it will include zone read option for the QB.
It will be the same offense as Oregon (and Arizona). Chip Kelly was trained by the same guy who trained Anae. Oregon has been at the top in the nation with this offense for several years.
Don't get me wrong. I was one of the fans who said "good riddance" when Anae left, and wasn't real happy about his return. However I am willing to wait and see how this works out. Except for the question mark of the offensive line, I think he has the horses to pull it off. I am willing to give Anae a chance.

metamora, IL

Pendergast: the primary difference is pace. The goal is one play every 8-12 seconds with the intent of preventing the defense from regrouping.

BYU sports on TV in Missouri
Lebanon, MO

6 days and counting... I am ready to watch some Football!!!! Seems like for the first time in several years, everyone is on board with the coaches and on the same page when it comes to strategy. Looking forward to cheering on the cougars!!!

West of I15, UT

@Idablu..."Utah won 5 games. Does that mean most Big Sky teams would beat Utah also?"

Maybe so but hopefully not true for your teams sake though becasue that would mean big sky teams would not just beat but dominate the cougies.

Salt Lake City, UT

Cougar Claws

"Ever heard of Arizona? They're a school that put up 34 points against Utah last season. Robert Anae was their offensive coordinator." Your promotion of Bob A. at Arizona would be news to Rodriguez.

"If you don't want to stay on topic please don't post off topic blather.
Thank you."

Well, this board has it's marching orders. What do you expect here, SLCWatch...a salute?

Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

Virginia is going to be an interesting test to start off the year with the climate and how far away from Utah it is. I feel confident that BYU is prepared on both sides of the ball and hope we don't see many field goal attempts.

I do expect the defense to be the key factor in the game. The QB has been out of action for a year for Virginia and the Cougar defense should be able to hurry him when he throws. I can't wait for the season to begin!

Adirondack Cougar
Queensbury, NY

Anyone concerned that we will always be using the other team's conference officials? I don't believe they will let us play as fast as we would like. The refs can control the tempo along with fake injuries. I hope we can do what coach Anae has planned because it will make a difference, especially at home in the fourth quarter with teams like Texas.

Hampton, VA

Rich Rodriguez was the reason Arizona had such a good offense last season not Robert Anae. I'm surprised he came back after Bronco made him a scape goat just a few years ago.

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