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.
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
Wow... Virginia won 3 games last year...That sounds like a very hard task. Most
Big Sky teams could beat them..
I'm looking forward to the season... Thank goodness it's finally here
and beginning.GO COUGARS!!
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.
Jenny83Your 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?
Jenny83Actually 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 titlesHe 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.
How is it a new offensive attack when this is Anae's 2nd tour of duty in
Can't wait. This will be another great offense from the school that
invented great offense.
@Pendergast"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?
to idabluHow exactly will it be different? Losing the ridiculous
gaps in the OL that Anae picked up at Texas Tech doesn't count.
Re: PendergastEver 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
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.
Pendergast: the primary difference is pace. The goal is one play every 8-12
seconds with the intent of preventing the defense from regrouping.
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
@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
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. SLCWatch"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,
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!
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.
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.
re: metamoracougIf Oregon (under Chip Kelly) took 10 to 13 seconds
on the play clock; there is no way byu runs a play every 8 to 12 seconds. Y U
ask? 1) Its the 1st season no way a transformation like that happens
overnight2) Bronco prefers the Rex Ryan method (ground and pound) then let
the D take control. re: Adirondack CougarGood point.
Oregon (not the Irish) would have played Bama last season had the P12 officials
not slowed down the pace for Stanford.
Rich Rodriguez has an innovative offensive mind but it was Matt Scott that made
UAz so good. RR is ethically dubious & will flame out like Mike
Leach (Anae's boss @ Texas Tech). I'd personally go old
school like say Dennis Erickson. The trick there is; Can Dennis successfully
hybridize the Joe Gibbs Redskins philosophy with the zone read?
Koloss - Arizona had a good offense because of Matt Scott and Rich Rod, but
I'm sure Anae learned a few things while there. The point is that he has
grown and improved since is first go-round at BYU. Additionally, I monitor
football news pretty closely and I'm not aware of Bronco making Anae a
scapegoat. He simply requested that all assistants reapply for their position -
operative word there being "all." Anae chose not to and went to Arizona.
@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."Not quite, Anae was the OL Coach and the Run Game
Coordinator at Arizona, not the Offensive Coordinator.I've seen
improvement at several positions over last season or at the very least a nice
job of reloading by new players and coaches. The one area that still makes my
stomach queasy is the O-Line. For the most part it's the same cast of
characters who couldn't get the job done last year. Especially concerning
is the right side of the OL with Stringham and Yeck. IIRC, wasn't Stringham
the guy who whiffed on the block in the failed 2 pt conversion attempt in the
Boise St game that cost us the game?Until I actually get to see the
OL on the field my enthusiasm is somewhat tempered. I hope they really have
improved, I guess we'll get a glimpse into that on Saturday.
Cougar Claws, Anae not the offensive coordinator at Arizona, he was the line
coach or something like that.I'm a big cougar fan but chuckle
when I see some of these posts. BYU is an underdog at Virginia at Vegas.
@tilkaI'f im not mistaken BYU was the underdog playing Washington St.
last year and we all know how well they turned out. It doesn't matter what
anyone says until the game is played. No one knows whats going to happen in the
first few games. The cougs have been underdogs in plenty of games, they usually
play better that way anyways. Bring on Virginia, Go Cougs
@Tilka"BYU is an underdog at Virginia at Vegas."Uh...no they're not. They are anywhere from a 1 point favorite to a 4
point favorite depending on the book you check. Considering the home team
(virginia) gets a 3 point allowance that means BYU is really a 4 point to 7
point favorite. The more you know.....
@Jenny83Granted, Virginia is no Weber State (a Utah opponent this
year) but they are part of the Big Bad BCS System ... They also won 4 games last
year (not 3) and had victories over Penn State, NC State, and Miami (all of
which would have thumped Utah).@PendergastHow could
Coach Anae have a new Offensive Scheme when he is a veteran coach??? Say that
out loud to yourself five times and see if that makes any sense to you... Yeah,
me neither...Still not covinced a veteran coach can devise new
Offensive Schemes? "Watch and Learn."@myperspectiveSeems like everytime I read a post of yours it's dripping with
anger... Don't be so hard on yourself, it's only football... The fact
is that Anae's resume reads Ofensive Coordinator, Assistant Head Coach and
Line oach at AZ for 2 years and was directly responsible for the run game and
reported directly to Stoops for that part of the Offense... Both years that he
was there the Wildcats were one of the top 16 run offences in the country.