Utah Utes football: Stagnant offense creates quarterback quandary

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  • SoCal Andy Thousand Oaks, CA
    Nov. 15, 2010 11:08 a.m.

    Until Jordan Wynn will tuck the ball, run and not be afraid to take a hit when necessary the offense will continue to struggle.
    The running game (and probably the entire offense) is impotent without the legitimate threat of the QB running the ball off the option.

  • fender Washington, UT
    Nov. 15, 2010 10:40 a.m.


    I'm not a Y fan, but have to say your comment is totally justified. Many Ute fans got completely carried away with success against a mediocre first half schedule. Thus far Wynn has not proven to be any more effective than Heaps nor have the Ute coaches shown more wisdom in ignoring Cain, a QB who is far more mobile and a more obvious fit for the Ute offense. You are right about the RBs as well.

    The good thing in all this is that the BYU-Utah game has become a ton more interesting.

  • bookonwomen Beverly Hills, CA
    Nov. 14, 2010 9:54 p.m.

    Re Duckhunter | 9:54 a.m

    Your such a BYU homer. Your comments just reek of jealousy. Utah will keep getting better, keep recruiting better, keep playing teams at a higher level and will getter better from it. The Ute program is on the rise and you can't stand it. Sure we've had 2 horrid games and have some issues, but we beat the big east leader, we destroyed a team that beat texas and took nebraska to OT, and we beat air force who ran all over BYU.

    Utes will continue to rise, deal with it.

  • davidutefan Evanston, WY
    Nov. 14, 2010 2:02 p.m.

    The slide a yard short of a first down did say it all. I saw fear in Wynn instead of the confidence he previously showed. Whatever demons are in his head, it's time to bring Cain until he can figure it out. Cain has proved he can get it done. The predictable play calling doesn't help. I can usually guess what they're going to do by the way they line up. I've watched Utah football for a lonf time but, I'm certainly not a coach. If I can see what's coming, don't you think the opposing defensive coordinators can? Still cheering and and will bleed red regardless of what happens. I've sat through much worse than this and can still cheer for my Utes. GO UTES!

  • jmort SLO, CA
    Nov. 14, 2010 12:31 p.m.

    Not diving one yard for a first down says it all. If I were the coach he would have been out of there for the rest of the game (and possibly career). There is no excuse for not having heart/desire.

  • CdA Ute Gilbert, AZ
    Nov. 14, 2010 12:26 p.m.

    I totally agree with RBN. It seemed JW was more concerned about getting hit than getting a much needed 1st down. We need guys that aren't afraid of some contact and want to lay the hurt down on the opposing team. That lack of fire trickles down and affects the rest of the offense. I would rather have an 0-11 team that plays attacking brutal football, than a 8-2 team that plays with a pedestrian mentality.

  • Duckhunter American Fork, UT
    Nov. 14, 2010 9:54 a.m.

    Or maybe it doesn't matter what the coaches do because the players just aren't that good?

    I know, I know. You ute fans have been telling us for the last couple of years how great your recruting really is and how much talent you have and how fast your team is and bcs and pac10 and blah, blah, blah.

    The truth is your qb's are les than mediocre, your rb's are mediocre, your ofensive line is no more than alright and your defense lost 6 players to the nfl which really says it all doesn't it?

    Face it, you are an ok mtn west team and on ok ncaa team that has had a couple of really great years sandwhiched around some pretty average years.

    You are what we thought you are and are far less than you thought you are. We were right. LOL

  • FlyingUte Murray, UT
    Nov. 14, 2010 8:01 a.m.

    Maybe Wynn feels no pressure about losing the starting position. Maybe he should. Maybe A-Rod needs to call a better game. Maybe he needs to adjust to the better defenses he's seeing now vs the unm's & unlv's

  • RBN Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 14, 2010 7:19 a.m.

    The thing that is most frustrating is Wynn's lack of competitive spirit. For example, he slides rather than trying to gain an important first down; late in the game he checks down to a receiver three yards down field when 10 yards is needed for a first down; repeatedly throwing off his back foot; not stepping up into the pocket to throw.

    Play calling is also a problem. The only play action that I recall was a fake fly sweep. Why no play action off of Asiata or Wide? Play action should be a staple of the game plan.

  • redfeather Palo Alto, CA
    Nov. 13, 2010 11:46 p.m.

    It may be time for a new QB.

    Wynn's last three games:

    at AFA 15-23, 148yds, 1 TD, 1 int, 124.9 rating
    vs TCU 16-35, 148yds, 1 TD, 2 ints, 79.2 rating
    at ND 22-37, 183yds, 0 TD, 1 int, 95.6 rating

    Meanwhile, Utah's once stellar defense has given up more points in the last three games (98), than the Utes had given up in the first eight games (90).

    The wheels have come off the bandwagon and this team is in serious jeopardy of completely imploding.

  • superute Holladay, UT
    Nov. 13, 2010 11:33 p.m.

    Yes, there is a QB problem.

    The coaches have to decide. Do they want Wynn to be the QB, regardless of his production?
    That's the message they've shown the past two weeks.

    But at the same time, they don't trust him. That showed in the play-calling in the game. And on the field, the players don't seem to trust him or respect him. He doesn't have the will to win. For heaven's sake, he slid a yard before a first down instead of going for a first, when he likely wouldn't have even been hit.

    If Wynn is the guy, then tailor the offense to him. He can't/won't run, and every team knows it. So, why run him in a zone option?? It's counter productive.
    If the zone option is our offense, then use Cain or Robles, somebody who is a threat to run so that the zone option is effective.

    I'm not blaming Wynn. He's just a college athlete. It's the coaches who can't figure out what they want.

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    Nov. 13, 2010 11:30 p.m.

    Wynne and Heaps switched bodies three weeks ago.

    It would have been nice to see Cain start the 2nd half after Wynn proved that he couldn't move the offense for 7 straight quarters, which includes the 4th Quarter @AFA.