View from the Booth: Daring hire will put fortune to the test with Utah football

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  • davidutefan Evanston, WY
    Feb. 4, 2012 6:39 p.m.

    Some guys work in football for decades and are still dumber than a bag of hammers. BJ is a very intelligent kid and has good people to study under in his short time coaching. My prediction is that Utah won't have him in a few years not because he failed but, because he succeeded and will get a team of his own. Don't underestimate him, he'll be fine.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Feb. 4, 2012 4:28 p.m.

    The Latin phrase that came to mind wasn't the one in the article. It was "Es vos lamnia lammina lamna vel quispiam?" which roughly translated means "Are you nuts or something?"

    I think everyone is accepting this purely as an act of faith in Coach Kyle. Hopefully a year from now we will see he was a genius. On paper though, this move looks completely bananas to me. If Brian decides to be bold and move away from the pro set to the single wing, we'll know something is seriously amiss.

  • Cali Coug Visalia, CA
    Feb. 3, 2012 9:39 a.m.

    While BJ may not be the person the ute nation was projecting as the OC for their second season in the PAC 10-2; I think he will do well and has a bright future. Our best wishes are extentended and congratulations to Brian on his new position.

  • UteJunky70 midvale, UT
    Feb. 3, 2012 8:59 a.m.

    I for one do not have a great amount of faith in coach Whit when it comes to offensive hires. Recruiting:yes
    Defensive system:yes
    BUT, Whit has a very spotty record with his offensive staff. In the new high pressure world of college football the Utes find themselves in you really only have a couple years grace period.
    8-5, and 4-5 in the conference is a decent beginning. But, how many UTE fans will accept that as the norm?

    I believe the UTES can and will do better then that,but make no mistake about it. Coach Whit has put the fate of himself and the entire staff in the hands of a 24 year old kid.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Feb. 3, 2012 8:46 a.m.

    @ Scott. Agreed. The whole experience card flipped. Also, what happened to the downhill run game jargon? With the spread offense, our RBs will be less effective in my opinion. White IV may be undersized, but make no mistake, he is a downhill runner.

    I think Kyle spoke of experience and downhill run game because he is a defensive guy who claims to love whatever the current offensive coordinator claims to embrace. Sure coaches do that, but it's relatively new for Kyle.

    What do I mean by this. When Kyle hired Ludwig, he hired a guy trained in the pro set, and he tried to have him run the lingering spread from the Meyer days. That's why Ludwig failed and Brian Johnson thrived when calling his own plays. Johnson did this in the final two minutes of games and the Sugar Bowl. By then, it was known Ludwig was being let go, and Utah had a month of bowl prep.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Feb. 3, 2012 8:38 a.m.

    Very daring hire that could result in praise or a stir from the lynch mob. Time will tell now.

  • UtahBy44 Beaver, UT
    Feb. 3, 2012 8:10 a.m.

    I believe in Coach Whit, he is where he is because of his knowledge of football.

    Im sure he see's something in Johnson that we all are missing.

    Prepare for the spread, with the HUGE linemen the U just recruited and the talent in the back field, Johnson is going to surprise the harshest critics.

    PAC 12 Rocks!

  • scott Alpine, UT
    Feb. 3, 2012 6:52 a.m.

    Daring or foolish hire?

    Kyle may have rolled the dice one too many times on this one. Does he really think he can compete against the likes of Sarkisian and Leach with a 24 year old kid with only two years of coaching experience and absolutely no Offensive Coordinator experience?

    All that talk about Chow and his vast experience seems foolish now.