BTW- Don't praise Chow just yet, do you know who the OC was in the 3-0 loss
to Utah with fewer than 61 yards thrown? Norm ChowWho was the OC that
refused to call a pass play after halftime in a 10-6 home loss to Utah? NormIn 1999 a poor BYU team played Marshall in the Motor City Bowl, BYU lost
badly 38-7, to Marshall??? Norm was the OC, 80% of BYU passing plays were to
the sideline, not one deep ball was thrown after the half and few before. You
got the idea that Chow was determined to prove the Marshall HC wrong after
comments appeared in The Detroit Free Press calling attention to they excellent
outside LBs they team had, over and over sideline to opposite sideline INT,
Incompletions it was dreadful.The guy interviewed with over 15 BCS teams
yet he was never offered at HC job until last year. Chow is a great guy but he
has a quick temper and a thin skin that sometimes influences his coaching
decisions. Brandon just has no confidence, something that happens when you feel
your in over your head.
I played football at Arizona St in the late 70's. While a lot has changed
since then, some things don't. A BYU team that can't complete more
passes than turnovers could not be hurt by changing QB's You guys
especially the apologists fail to really get how pitiful 61 yards really is. The
only time I've ever seen it was last Thursday. We played Nebraska in a
tough Fiesta Bowl game winning 19-9, Nebraska had the best running game and a
real standup Black Shirt defense, by dragging the TE between the LB's and
DB's we had 7 consecutive completions, then we alternated going deep with
throwing to the running backs. I refuse to belive that a Boise team is better
than Nebraska was and we didn't have a great QB and we didn't have
tall WR's, BYU has two potential all Americans that are not being thrown
to. In conclusion BYU has no excuse for such a bad show, they weren't
playing a great defensive team. Riley cannot throw a straight pass longer than
25 yards than limits your offense, he needs to sit.
Good, because he's doing an awful job! He only likes running QBs, because
that's all he knows. He was an average QB himself and had Luke Stahley in
the back field. He's not a good coach and his philosophy will never beat
any teams that are good. Time for a change!!!
Look at all of the Doman quotes throughout the story. He doesn't exactly
spew a lot of confidence, does he? If these quotes reflect his coaching, he
likely doesn't command much respect from his players. Perhaps that is the
root of this problem.
Keeping things positive, you can't just up and bring in a brand
spanking' new OC. There are only 2 choices: 1) Ride out the 2012 season
hoping to win 8 games with Brandon running in inoffense.2) Promote Lance
Reyolds who knows as much about BYU passing football as any man alive, including
LaVell to OC/assistant head coach, maintain Brandon as QB coach.Pipe
dreams on bringing in X, Y, or Z are impractical No coach is going to wish to be
hired to try out for the job.2013- OC Cantidates The former Boise St
OC now holding on very shakily at Texas, (the Horns really don't care for a
guy trying to change 100 years of power football into a finesse passing game. 3
underclass QB's have transferred as a result.Steve Fairchild- former
Head Coach at CSU (averaging 3 wins a season) however with a very good record as
an OC both pro and collegeSteve Kragthorpe- former Louisville HD, Tulsa
HD. Using the BYU pass offense he averaged close to 400 passing yards at TuSay using ex-Snow QB Paul SmithThose are the names, Crowton, no way
I still like Doman. I find his humility very refreshing. Although I agree that
he needs to let go of some stupid plays that don't work, I still have faith
in him. Although I respect Bronco as a terrific defensive coordinator, I am
progressively losing faith in him as a HC. Memo to Tom Holmoe: Put
Gary Andersen #1 on your radar as a future replacement for Bronco Mendenhall.To other wishful thinkers: Mike Leach does NOT meet the qualifications
to be a head coach at BYU.@Patriot: your judgements of Hill are
premature. Hill was off mark at the start when he was thrown into the fire but
he got better after a few throws. I could make the same criticisms you make of
Hill against Lark in the Weber State game. I can attest that Hill has a much
stronger arm than any of the other QBs, with the possible exception of Munns.
Doman just needs to let him use it. And Robert Anae was NOT a good OC. He did OK
against the patsies with Heaps, but not against the decent teams. Heaps problems
were not with the OC.
How do you fire Doman now? What magic OC do you have in the woods? Bronco took
over for his DC, but he was an outstanding DC before taking the HC job.Doman will have to serve out the season. If he doesn't get it figured
out, we'll know it and so will Holmoe. He'll be searching for a
replacement, and maybe he is now. But Brandon Doman is the OC this year. All
Jeff I appreciate this news bulletin. I did know BYU had an offense.
It seems to me that Doman might remember a guy who stepped into the starting
role after biding his time on the bench for four years. When Doman finally got
his chance, he was ready. James Lark is ready.
@haunyockerI don't think that's the case at all. Hill has
a role in the offense and that's to run the wildcat so he gets into games
even if Riley is the starter. If Doman had named Lark the starter he
would've still used Hill like before so it would've been a win-win for
him. If Lark doesn't work out he still has Hill to fall back on but if the
senior (more experienced) Lark does work out and plays well we likely win the
game and Doman comes out looking like a genius instead of an idiot for playing
1/2 a Quarterback (who even at full capacity is less than a full QB anyways with
his arm being so weak).This whole deal with Riley pointing the
finger at the coaches ("they should know I'm not taking myself
out!") and Doman pointing the finger at Riley ("I was waiting for him to
tell me he couldn't play!") and Bronco clamping his hands over his eyes
and ears ("Riley's the leader of this team and nothing is going to
change") makes them all look like a bunch of monkeys.
Hill showed against Boise he isn't capable of completing a simple 15 yard
down and out. The ball bounced off the turf or sailed far behind or over the
head of the receiver. This is QB play 101 and Hill can't do it. Every
starting QB in Div 1 can do this except BYU. Maybe some day but not this year.
The only think Hill can do is run... very predictable. How did the Y shrink to
this level? Blame Bronco and Brandon.
Nevada went thru the Hawaii defense like a hot knife thru butter. 69 points.
At Hawaii even.If we don't score 50 we should look for a new O
coordinator. Doesn't matter who the QB is.....
RE haunyocker:If Bronco and Doman are the coaches then they have the
responsibility to say Riley your are hurting too much and we will be replacing
you. The big question is why this was not done after the first quarter or at
the latest half time. It was obvious that he was hurt and was not able to play
up to his best. I do believe that Lark deserves a chance. BYU has never had
more talent on the edges than this season. Both Hoffman and Apo could have
amazing seasons if someone could throw to them and this falls squarely on
Doman's head as he is the one calling the plays and making personnel
I will never understand the criticism for Doman in the Boise game. He had three
choices. Nelson, Lark and Hill at quarterback. Each had strengths and
weaknesses. If he'd picked Lark, which changes the type of game BYU plays,
he be criticized for not putting in Hill. If he chose Hill he be criticized for
playing a freshman and being criticized for not putting in the Senior Lark. It
just seems that nothing he would have chosen was right. I do believe that there
are two criticism that are valid. One is that Riley admitted he was playing at
65 per cent. If that's the case it was his responsibility to say
"I'm not getting it done, which was obvious, so take me out." The
other criticism was the PAT. Bronco would have been a hero if the play had
worked but as the result shows he wound up being the goat.I've
never played a down of football and I'll bet most of the most critical fans
haven't either, at least at the D1 level.
It's time to fire Bandon Doman.
Doman is on the hot seat - red hot!! 69 yards passing in the 4th qtr last game
doesn't quite cut it especially since in past years BYU has 69 yards in the
first two series in the 1st qtr normally. Doman has been a complete bust as an
offensive coordinator and BYU should have NEVER let Robert Anae go. I think back
of Beck and Hall under Anae and the norm was 400-600 yards offense with 350 of
that passing... that was the norm. Heck I think of how Heaps was doing his final
couple of games under Anae - 300 yards plus throwing the ball. Bronco is going
to have to make a decision especially if the Y offense is like it was against
Boise and Utah. You don't fill 65000 seats by putting up 69 yards passing.
First BYU has to go get a QB and Hill isn't it. Hill is better suited as a
slot receiver or even tail back.
If you feel 61 Doman then we feel 122. Please resign. Snow College might need
I wonder if Bronco would fire his OC like he did his DC a couple years ago when
the defense was playing so poorly?????
BYU has got to learn how to win the close games. BYU'defense played well
enough to win both the Utah and Boise State games but the offensive well to put
it mildly stunk.Chris Petersen had great respect for BYU's defense but
capitalized on offensive mistakes as did Utah. Taysom Hill faced a fatigued BSU
defense when he scored the touchdown. He needs to get better fast for BYU to
have a successful season. My opinion we were out coached both games.
Why should we expect anything more from Doman that we are getting. He had a
midocore career at the Y and he was an option QB. Luke Staley is what made
Doman have a good year. His NFL career was holding the ball for extra points
and that was it. I am sure Bronco loves him, but that doesn't make him an
Doman was not ready for the OC job. He could become a good OC if he could work
under someone like Leach and learn how to game plan. I have to say that every
time I hear him say that he wants to get back to BYU football and have this
prolific passing game I can't stop my self from laughing. It is like me
telling my wife that I will fix the lawn mower tomorrow but I never go buy the
parts so that tomorrow is never going to come. If he wants to have a prolific
passing game then why is Riley the starting quarterback? BYU needs to start
calling passing plays and give Lark or Munns a chance to use Hoffman, Apo and
Friel to the best of their abilities. Quit with the senior quarterback stuff
because Lark is a senior too.
Doman's problem is that he is NOT an offensive coordinator. He
has no idea how to set up plays, how to call plays based on defensive
tendencies, how to build a comprehensive game-long attack plan with variations
for defensive adjustments, has zero imagination for creating/designing plays,
etc. Plus, he takes far too long communicating his plays from the booth. In short, no matter how prepared he tries to be, Doman just isn't
ready for opponents because he clearly lacks the tools and vision to be an OC.
Just wondering how many more QB's Doman is going to ruin
You think Norm Chow might be laughiing now? A good HC and OC for BYU is to sit
R. Nelson and put T. Hill in.
Before the season started, I frequently pointed out that Riley was not a
quarterback. Where are those now that put such childlike faith in Riley then
and said I was disloyal to BYU. Doman has accomplished something...he has
finally made Norm Chow and Robert Anae look like supermen.
BYU blew it by not getting Mike Leach to replace Bronco. Leach UNDERSTANDS BYU
football. It looks like Gary Crowton is still coaching. There was a time when
the BYU offense took the field knowing that there was no way the other team
could stop them. That faith is long lost.
Riley Nelson is to BYU as Jordan Wynn was to Utah. Pathetic. They both fold
under pressure and do not have the skills to be a Division 1 quarterback. Both
may have fared well at a JUCO team but neither have the necessary skills to
compete at this level. I agree that Lark should get playing time, but Taysom
Hill is the heir apparent and should begin training this week. What everyone is
not saying is that the Offensive line is horrible. We truly need a good O-line
coach that can teach those guys how to block and hold it so that the running
backs can find an opening and so that they can support a pocket to pass from.
"Doman's goal since he became the offensive coordinator in 2011 has
been to establish a traditional BYU aerial attack capable of generating prolific
passing yards and touchdowns."Then you might want to use a
quarterback (whether healthy or not) who can throw the ball farther than 10 - 15
yards. Just sayin'.
Hint to coach Doman: If you want to have a successful passing game, you should
call pass plays and not Riley Nelson option plays or quarterback draws or Riley
Nelson runs-for-his-life plays. It really isn't that complicated. I doubt
that Apo, Hoffman and Friel were recruited so they could stand around and watch
Riley Nelson run the football. Very few college football teams are successful
running the option and most do it because they can't recruit passers and
receivers. If Nelson can't see open receivers, if his line isn't
giving him adequate protection (possibly because they, too, are thinking that he
will run and they will have to run-block), or if Nelson thinks that every game
is a 2011 Utah State game, then both he and Doman should be benched. This is a
better team than the one that lost two games by four points.
of course it's under scrutiny....it's pathetic and he's either
bad at coaching up the QB to know and understand what he needs to do or
he's bad at calling plays, which is it Doman? At this point, i'd
rather see Hall call some plays and see what he can do. Oh and if you guys
wanna be loyal to someone, try being loyal to Lark...flipping give him his
chance already and see what he can do, can it really be any worse then what it
is now? If I were Lark, I'd walk into Bronco's office and demand to
be put back at 2nd string QB. Fight for it Lark, nelson does and look how bad
One of the largest problems we have is trying to use the same play over and over
and over and over, even when it doesn't work. At Utah, why were we running
the option so much? They were snuffing it every time. You know it's bad
when ESPN starts to question the play calling. Throw the ball down the field. I
know that Riley or Taysom or whoever (well, James Lark has a fine arm) cannot
throw the ball 80 yards, but surely the dudes can throw it 35 yards can't
they? Mix it up.