BYU football: Brandon Doman, Cougars looking for better results in the red zone

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  • mussingaround Palo Alto, CA
    Sept. 7, 2012 12:00 p.m.

    Papa Smurf UTE

    "That D2 team in No Colorado had a better defense than that weak Mike Leach defense."

    So you're claiming that the "conference of champions" has defenses that aren't even as good as D1-AA teams that were winless in 2011.

  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    Sept. 7, 2012 8:01 a.m.

    Papa Smurf UTE

    Sure, we get it.

    EVERY PAC 12 team that Utah plays is a "bcs caliber, conference of champions" quality opponent, including lowly 10-loss Colorado; but every PAC 12 team that BYU plays couldn't beat Bingham HS.

    Do the kids on the hill have even the slightest clue how silly and illogical their spin is?

  • CordonBleu Park City, UT
    Sept. 6, 2012 11:00 p.m.

    Your spin is hilarious, but it doesn't explain how WSU's offense rolled up almost 400 yards and 27 points on the Utes last season, while Mike Leach's offense only managed a little over 200 yards and only 6 points against BYU this season, with almost the exact same players that WSU had last season.

    The Utes were lucky to beat a team that Bingham could have beaten? No wonder the Utes couldn't even beat 10-loss Colorado.

  • Papa Smurf UTE Herriman, UT
    Sept. 6, 2012 5:29 p.m.


    That D2 team in No Colorado had a better defense than that weak Mike Leach defense. Those DB's were some of the worst DB's I have seen in college football, and we see a lot of the Y's DB's each year, and they are not too good. I think that Leach and Wazzu will get it figured out here in the next month or so, and be clicking as a team, but they are terrible right now. I think that Bingham could have beat Wazzu. It takes a little while for Leach to get his team where he wants it to be, and get the type of athletes that he needs to run his offense. Once again this week the Y will not be tested. They dont have a real game until the 15th when they play the UTES. Then we will actually see what the Y is made of, and if they give up like they did last year.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Sept. 6, 2012 5:10 p.m.

    I'm sure Coach Doman will take your advice seriously.

  • Jeff29 Cedar City, UT
    Sept. 6, 2012 4:41 p.m.

    The worst call of the game was not on a third down as Brandon mentions, it was on 1st and goal following the interception. When your defense intercepts the ball and runs 60+ yards to inside the 10, and they are pumped, the offense is pumped, and the fans are in a frenzy, you go endzone -- it's not even a question. It doesn't even matter if the other team knows you are going to do it, you do it anyway. It's all about momentum. A fade to the corner is either a touchdown or incomplete; but even if it's incomplete your fans and team are still excited because you went for it. Instead, we run up the middle for no gain, kill the momentum and end up settling for a field goal.

    If the OC had called that running play in 2001, Brandon would have audibled out of it and thrown a pass to the endzone. Between the 20's, Brandon is Brandon; inside the 20's he becomes the worst of Robert Anae.

  • Ronald Uharriet SWun City, Ca.
    Sept. 6, 2012 11:53 a.m.

    I loved the Gutsy Brandon Doman that came from 3rd string QB and moved up to 2nd string back up due to injury of the starter and than moved to starter due to the second QB injury. More than any other QB since that time, Riley reminds me of that Doman that I loved.

    As a QB coach, I was okay with that but would have preferred Ty Detmer, but Ty preferred to be a HC for a high school.
    As a Offensive Coordinator in addition to being the QB coach, I have been quite disappointed. He is gaining my respect with two major comments that he has made. 1. He admits that last season he made mistakes in his play calling.
    2. After the Washington State game, he admitted mistakes in his play calling. This tells me that he is at least aware of the fact that he is making mistakes and is well on his way towards being a great play caller as he recognizes what needs to be changed in order to achieve that greatness.

    I have one suggestion for Doman, regarding his last comment: Every missed assignment matters regardless of the score.

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 6, 2012 11:02 a.m.


    "better results in Red Zone?? You are going to need a new QB"

    Nope, just more aggressive play-calling and better execution.

    Riley Nelson versus a PAC opponent had a better QB rating (154), than Jordan Wynn had against a D1-AA team that was winless in 2011 (149).

  • Runner Chandler, AZ
    Sept. 6, 2012 8:54 a.m.

    Just long is Doman's learning curve?
    It took him, what 3-4 games last year to figure out that he should be up in the box, and basically the entire season to learn how to get a play relayed into the huddle in less than 35 seconds.
    This year, he needs to get it right and have it right from the start of the season. I don't want to read any more of his, "I could have done better comments..." Just get it figured out and get it done!

  • Blue Rampage Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 6, 2012 5:55 a.m.

    It's been a problem. They seem better able to score inside the 30 than the 10 because the receivers can work. After crossing into the zone at the 20 they have to use TEs more effectively which is just starting to be an option again. But inside the 10 it's all about O-line push and we aren't getting that. Last RB who was a red zone threat was Harvey.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 7:45 p.m.

    You still need to figure out to get the job done with out Cody Hoffman, don't you think?

  • Hatch Sandy, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 7:15 p.m.

    Great to hear Coach Doman use the term Red Zone. Thats what it has always been called. Utah coaches and staff no longer refer to BYU as the schoold down south. I think its good for BYU to feel OK about calling the Red Zone what it is.

  • Common Sense Czar Sandy, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 6:01 p.m.

    Isn't it called the "Blue Zone" in Cougartown?

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 5, 2012 5:32 p.m.

    better results in Red Zone?? You are going to need a new QB.