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Published: Tuesday, Sept. 24 2013 8:30 a.m. MDT

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Kearns, UT

Execution? We've heard this again and again, for years, from Bronco.

What about play calling? What about a QB that completes 37% of his passes? What about having a fire in the belly for every game played (they had it for Texas, not for Utah)?

I getting tired of hearing "lack of execution." That seems to be code for, "I don't know what to do."

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

"There’s a dose of reality, an urgency in getting the execution to match the opportunity,”

There isn't a dose of reality in Bronco's entire body. His team was defeated by a better team. There is no shame admitting that.

Salt Lake City, UT

Nice speech.


West Jordan, Utah

This sounds like the same ole 'execute at a higher level' mantra. Sounds okay when you hear it a few times, but more than ever it sounds silly to BYU fans when execution is what you sacrifice trying to hit the century mark for offensive plays in a game, and that with a QB who can't throw or read defenses.

Hill needs some structure. What the suspect O line is starting to do is run this uptempo shuffle scheme. That said, if you switch to Ammon Olsen, the O line would have to adjust to a new protection scheme for a pocket passer. BYU has rolled the dice with the offense they have now since installing it in the spring. With coaching turnover and young inexperienced players on the line and at QB, BYU realistically needs to ride the storm out this season with Hill and hope he develops into a legit QB.

If Hill gets hurt running the ball, and he needs to run it (desperation), so be it for the blue I guess. I mean you surely don't want Hill throwing it 48 times again do you BYU? Here comes 8 in the box each week.


Saying we didn't execute is a weak way of saying we just got beat. They didn't execute because Utah played better than they did when it counted most. BYU had all of the momentum heading into the 4th quarter. Utah just took it back. Utah's lineman got after Hill and he didn't have time to throw.

Meridian, ID

I commented after the TX game, that it was a fluke. Unless BYU can change the offense to a Air Force style offense, we will need the pass and Taysom has been unable to deliver. Or we need receivers that will hold on to a ball that is "close", barely catchable. Actually some of the dropped ones were better than that.
I love the Y and hate to see them loose to a mediocre team like Utah. Yes, the better team won, but don't let that swell you head. Utah will still be lucky to finish with a winning season, in-part because the best of the competition is yet to come. The Y has a lot of easy games with a couple of tough ones left. Utah State will be one of the tough ones.

Salt Lake City, UT

Are there actually four comments blasting BYU and no comments cheering for BYU? Lots of Bronco haters as always. You have got to love the garbage that man puts up in dealing with his fan base. I hope for positive changes in every game and I trust the coaches to get them there. Go BYU.

Sandy, UT

Y fan here. My take on this is we got beat by a better team and it could have been worse. Bronco could also add that at least it wasn't a blow out, 54-10, etc. So many ways to put a positive spin on it but maybe that's not what the team needs.

The Deuce
Livermore, CA

This is the result of a coaching issue at BYU. It is time to realize that the coaching staff is part of a bigger problem that the AD said would change earlier this year. No change in coaching or on the field. It answers the questions about whether the Texas game was a fluke or real.

West Jordan, Utah


I am a Ute fan but I think what you wrote was a realistic and you possessed a balanced perspective.

Tuffy Parker
Salem, UT

The concept of improved execution is a great sound bite and nice notion but the truth of the matter is that this is clearly a rebuilding year for BYU's offense. I know that doesn't sell tickets but it's impossible at this point to put enough paint on it to make it look like something else.

Freshman linemen, an inexperienced QB, an entirely new offensive scheme all converging at once is not a recipe for success in the execution department.

There is no shame in rebuilding but don't package it up and try to sell it as something else.

Olympia, WA

Y fans let.'s face it, we got out played--plain and simple!!! That being said does that make us a bad team, not really just on Saturday against the U. We still have 9 other games to show our stuff and with a few passes lowered, less penaltys, and the defense doing what we know they can do, at least 7 of those can be wins. Not real excited about the play calling but that hopefully will improve. Perhaps that week off didn't do us any favors. Hang in there Y fans it will still be a fun season.

Scott Farcus
Beaver, UT

"Lots of Bronco haters as always. You have got to love the garbage that man puts up in dealing with his fan base."

I think your wrong, the refs had to deal with garbage from the fan base.

Hey Baby
Franklin, IN

Weak Coach dude...glad we chose Whit and he chose us!

My comments would have been:

1. O line is too weak to establish a running game.
2. Hill is 37% accurate after 3 games.
3. No t-shirt slogan available for those issues.
4. Faster isn't a factor with those issues.
5. Harder is needed! As in summer weight lifting Oline.

Most up pace offenses do it to run MORE plays..because the offense is effective. One must ask, if your offense is not effective do you really want more plays?

salt lake city, UT

this is why I love Coach Whittingham, he doesn't give sugar coat this teams with positive speeches, even with the utes winning he told his team this week he they are still a mediocre pac 12 team. which they are, it sounds like Bronco still has hopes for a National Championship this year which is do-able (not). But Bronoc....SCOREBOARD!!! 9-12 years 5 out of 6. THE UTES ARE THE TEAM!!

Spring, TX

Bronco just puts a guy to sleep with all of his spin!

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

The "better team" was held to 20 points. The BYU defense, once again, did a great job.

BYU had a 103 yard kick-off return called back because of a bone head holding penalty. (Nice to see Hine showcase his speed on that one). BYU dropped at least 3 passes that killed drives. BYU had a missed (short) field goal. You can't hold Bronco or Taysom Hill accountable for those kinds of miscues. The PLAYERS need to get their heads in the game and start taking personal responsibility.

Draper, UT

BYU will be fortunate to go 6-6 this year. And ESPN doubtless will look very closely at continuing any kind of long-term relationship with such a "meh" program. IMO, independence and Mendenhall have doomed BYU to years of mediocrity.

Ed Grady
Idaho Falls, ID

Well-coached teams don't have execution problems.

Uncle Rico
Sandy, UT

Bronco, a QB who can hit open receivers will go a long way to solve 90% of your problems.

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