The Cougs had good wins against Boise St, Houston, Georgia Tech and Texas, and
bad losses against Virginia and Utah. Wisconsin was the better team and a win
would have been tough, especially without Hadley to stop their impressive
running game.But Notre Dame was a 50/50 game. I thought they
outplayed us in the 1st quarter, but we played a little better than them the
rest of the game even with a sub par performance by the O line. I agree the
play calling lacked any creativity (other than the flea flicker) and a few of
the play calls were awful, especially in the red zone and on the final drive.
I think the level of criticism displayed here reflects the fans obvious lack of
football knowledge. What really matters here is that we are undefeated in the
pre-game fireside stat and what happens on Saturday is not nearly as important.
That was the message to fans at the pre-game Wisconsin fireside anyways. Really
I think that winning football games especially against big teams on a national
stage is not in the top 5 on the coaches' priority list and that is just
fine I guess if the main objective is to build men and promote faith. I think
that means for fans that want to see a team really committed to winning we might
have to be fanatics somewhere else and casual interested observers here. I have
always loved BYU but am definitely frustrated down here.
One key stat, ranked 116 in the red zone. For that stat alone, Anae should be
fired. We have perhaps the best defender in BYU history on this team. a solid
defense overall, the top receiver in BYU history, some tall TE's (that
rarely get thrown to) and a QB that has some serious potential...posting some
stats in the ranks of the elites in NCAA. His decision making will get better.
With this level of talent, BYU should be winning games against Wisconsin and ND.
This team should be top 25, but they're not and I blame coaching. Anae is
far too predictable and is horrendous in the red zone. He was the line coach at
Arizona, so how he has the understanding of how to run a complete up tempo
office is beyond me. Bad hire, especially the 2nd time around. Bronco is a good
coach, but I think he's a better DC. Don't think he gets the team up
for big games. KW does a much better job of this...but misses in many other
areas. Fans can't settle for mediocrity.
O-Line is offended that they aren't good. So they play worse. GG
I am so glad that I wan't the only one to see the problems with the play
calling. Jamaal Williams cannot run through a mass of humanity, but Lasike
seems to be able to do it. Williams couldn't run, but Lasike could....so
what does BYU do? It keeps going to Williams. In a goal to go situation, put
the big bruising rugby player in and get the score!!! This isn't too hard
to figure out! What BYU was doing was so predictable, so aggravating, so
obvious the reason for failure. BYU's O-line was getting beat, sometimes
giving a pathetic push and turning around in time to see Hill getting slammed to
the ground, On one play, all three O linemen on the right fell down in
place...all in a row......nice and pretty. Something was going on and the
O-line and the QB must have had a fight, so the O-line was teaching Hill some
humility. Unacceptable play, unacceptable effort.
I think Hill could be a pretty good QB. He needs to learn to go through all his
reads before pulling the ball in and running. He may develop it, I hope so. The
greats could get through their reads. Gifford, Jim, Steve, Ty, Robbie, Marc.
BYU is going to be always in trouble as long as they have Anae as their
offensive coordinator and play caller. Every team that was on TV Saturday has a
more smoother and polished offense that BYU. Their has to be a offensive coach
out there someplace that can get the job done at BYU. Anae never will.
This had to be the most aggravating game I have EVER watched. Fact - one 200 lb.
guy will never move a 2000 pound mass of humanity; there just isn't that
much leverage in the world of physics to make that happen. Could ya just bounce
outside once or twice?? Calling a delayed quarterback draw while needing 7 yards
for a first down and the defense has 8 guys in the box. How about reading what
the defense has for you and calling an audible? The offense play calling is
predictable, the O-line needs to make their assignments and Mendenhall needs to
have a little more emotional involvement than a passive observer. I've seen
high school coaches and players execute a whole lot better than this D-1 team!
Hats off to the Notre Dame Offensive line. They made the difference in the game.
On that whole 'Nevada' NFL glimpse, one of them was in the Super Bowl
in January... What we have seen this season is a resurgence of teams holding a
lot of glory back in the hey day of the 80's... Perhaps a similar
resurgence of the Cougars is forthcoming... The schedules will continue to get
better and perhaps at some day not too far future 'we' will experience
our own 1984esque resurgence... One can hope... But, the veil of mediocrity is
looming large in the state of Utah and really in the West as a collective whole
from the coast to the Colorado etc borders... I don't see that changing any
time soon. Pretty much the real talent in football lies Texas on east from South
to North, but mostly South... GO SEC!
Calling Anae's play-calling creative is a huge stretch. I would say
it's without rhyme or reason, and yet is somehow predictable. I have read
the comment that the team looked surprisingly ill-prepared so often, that I
wonder why anyone considers it a surprise anymore.
Interesting that coaching got a "B" after watching the play selection
during the last possession and when they decided to go for it on 4th and 2, only
to turn it over. How can you have 1st and goal from the 6 and come away with
ZERO points? There is too much predictability in the offense. A run on 1st
down for maybe 2 yards, trying a pass play that is 2 yards short of the
line-to-gain on third down (whatever the distance), trying to run it up the
middle all night long when that play isn't working even in a mediocre
fashion, etc. And having some type of field goal or extra point blocked seems
to appear every game, too.BYU got beat in the line. ND's QB
had all night to throw and Hill didn't. The trenches are incredibly
important if you want to win. Just observe the line surge at the snap of the
ball and the results of the play won't surprise anyone. I
thought about watching this game in person; glad I didn't due to bad
weather and poor red-zone play.
Out come the boo-birds after a loss -- bad coaching they say. I beg to differ. I
believe BYU gets the most out of it's players, despite a limited talent
pool. For example, Notre Dame currently has 30 players in the NFL, BYU has 7.
Wisconsin has 26 players in the NFL; Boise State 18; Utah 20; and even upcoming
Nevada has 13 in the NFL. It nice when we have a good player we root for, but
they are by far fewer than most major schools. Our expectations are
waaaaaaaaaaaay too high! So, in summary, we want to play with the big boys, we
want to beat the big boys, but in reality take a big breath and enjoy the ride
when they are competing with the big boys (because of our coaching)! It sure was
a lot more fun being on the big stage, then beating up on Idaho State (and even
they have 3 players in the NFL)!
I haven't commented on a comment board in years, but this game drove me
crazy. Here's my beef: 1) Our DB's have to be coached to
turn around and look for the ball. It's fundamentals! Is it coaching or the
talent isn't capable? For years our DB's have struggled w/ this basic
component of the game!2) The offense is too stale. The BYU Brand is
crossing routes to the slot receiver and "out routes" to the tight ends.
We're really missing these elements from our offense. 3) Coaches
don't adapt well enough. When the Jamal Williams run off the Left Tackle
hasn't worked the previous 12 times, why go back to it again?I
thought the grades on this article were incredibly generous. Having
said all of this, I'm a Bronco loyalist, as I think he's the right man
for the job. i just wish there was more adjustments made by coaches.
Wow a B for coaching after Gurney's first sentence says they seemed
ill-prepared? Seems contradictory to me even if some decent adjustments were
made. Those so called adjustments really were not that effective. Let's not
sugar coat this. Notre Dame is not a very good team this year. They were
unranked and the oddsmakers had BYU as a slight favorite on the road! This is a
bad loss. Robert Anae was creative at times, but not most of the time. His play
calling really was… well.. bad and confusing throughout the game.
Every year we are told how great the Utes and the Cougars are going to be,
it's always a lot of hype. What both teams need are some better players,
and certainly some better coaches. Both programs are boring products, it is
amazing they have the support they do. By now most everyone knows that BYU will
run a draw play on third down.
Huge Coug fan, but it has been a frustrating experience this year... Feel badly
that KVN and Hoffman decided to hang around for a mediocre year... Hope it
doesn't hurt them in the draft...IMHO these ratings are too
generous... The Offense was horrible in the Red Zone, and I really didn't
think Hill did a very good job at checking off his priorities on
Receivers...Both Doman and Riley did a better job playing against them last year
than Anae and Hill did this year... It was like Hill was running for his life
all afternoon We either need faster Receivers, better patterns, more time to
throw, better patience in the pocket or a combination...The Pass
Defense also was weak Not sure why we were playing Michael Davis so much...And I'm glad our Kicker is a senior.In the red zone the
play selection was terrible and the QB execution was almost as bad... Lasike had
a good game but that's about where it ended.The Defense was
again pretty solid up front, although I would have liked to have seen them being
able to put more pressure on the QB...
The biggest issue facing BYU is the poor coaching. Mendenhall and Anae both
refuse to game plan for a particular opponent. BYU was once again out coached
by the opposing team. If I executed my job at the same level that Robert Anae
performs his, I would have been terminated long ago.
I don't pretend to be a sports psychologist, but when I saw the article
earlier in the week that BYU was treating this like a "business trip," I
predicted they would lose. I have been following BYU and coverage of BYU
football for a while now, and I don't recall BYU ever coming away with a
win against a big opponent when they go in stressing that they have to "take
care of business" or just "execute." To win against a big opponent
like Notre Dame on the road, you need to go in with a bit of a chip on your
shoulder, and then play like you own the place. Treating an big opponent with
simply a business-like approach just isn't enough.I was at the
game in Ft Worth, Texas, in 2006 when BYU beat #15 TCU which was on a 13 game
win streak at the time. There was no talk beforehand about all BYU needing to
do was execute or it being some type of routine business trip. BYU played that
game with an edge -- like they had something to prove -- and they did. Awesome
There are several things that the Cougs are particularly consistent at during
important away games against quality opponents:-An offensive lineman
will be flagged for illegal motion in a third down or red zone (or both)
situation.-A highly regarded defensive player will miss at least one
tackle for loss when the runner simply runs out of his grasp-A
defensive back will drop a pass that, had it been caught, would have averted a
score.-The QB will throw several incomplete passes to receivers who
are well covered instead of an open receiver.-The offense will move
up and down the field but when it gets inside the red zone, it loses it's
competence. -The defense forgets how to, or simply cannot, tackle
effectively.-At least one long kick off or punt return will be
called back due to a penalty. (Hine must be the most frustrated return man in
the country.)-The team will have more penalties and penalty yards
than their opponent.-The team looks ill prepared at the start of the
game.-The team lately looks like they won't win the game from
the opening kick off and really have become boring to watch.
I wouldn't give that much credit to Coach Anae, but I respect your opinion.
The fact that they could not execute inside the 20 looms much larger to me.
And whenever the leading rusher is the QB, that looms even larger still. The
fact is that the game would have been much different had BYU come prepared. The
great offensive days in BYU's past had a great focus and precise execution
of passes to the tight ends, coupled with quick crossing patterns and occasional
deep balls. And where are the dump passes to running backs across the middle
and in the seams? These plays open up the draw plays, options, and screens. I
must have been watching a different game. I didn't anything impressive on
offense, except the rare great running plays and too far between good passes.
There just wasn't enough variety in the offense to compete with the big
boys. BYU and Notre Dame should have been very evenly matched, but today, ND
dominated everywhere, including the score. That's my opinion.