Utah Utes football: First-year coordinator Brian Johnson is determined to get the Utes' offense rolling

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  • Troy06 OREM, UT
    Oct. 12, 2012 11:45 p.m.

    BJ and BD both need to be replaced. Hey Chris, why haven't you posted yet? What's your prediction for the game? I say Utah loses again.

  • UoU 1991 Park City, UT
    Oct. 11, 2012 3:41 p.m.

    It's nice to sugarcoat things, but the truth is Utah's offense has only produced three touchdown-scoring drives of more than 40 yards against D1 first team defenses in four games.

    Utah State
    53 yards - passing TD
    67 yards - passing TD

    17 yards - passing TD
    47 yards - FG
    39 yards - passing TD

    91 yards - passing TD

    13 yards - passing TD
    81 yards - passing TD
    63 yards - rushing TD (after USC had put in its subs)

    Without BYU's gift touchdown to the Utes on the missed snap to Riley, the Utes would be 0-4 versus D1 teams.

    I blame Whittingham for not having the foresight to develop a decent depth of capable QBs. BJ can only do so much with the dearth of talent he's been given to work with. The season is already a bust, so the Utes would be wise to start developing Wilson and give him at least half of the starting snaps.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Oct. 11, 2012 6:57 a.m.

    I can't blame him for his play calling. I've not seen much of anything that I could call questionable. His play calling (however) does not reflect the abilities of his players and what they are able to execute. The inability to complete third and medium is the key. He gives them chances to make plays and they come up two yards short on 3rd and 4. He has a 1500 yard back who can't seem to find a crease. We were supposedly so loaded down with talent at tight end that we were told that we might see all of them play at the same time. I would be happy with seeing just one of them play decently and consistently.
    It's now time to stick the ball into the stomach of John White for the remainder of the season and take what we can get in the passing game. Preferably by the young qb. Give him a chance to learn and grow. It's just not happening under Jon Hays (certainly not entirely his fault, by any means). Time to snap in the youngster KWitt!

    Oct. 10, 2012 6:59 p.m.

    USAlover, all we've heard for two years? I don't see anything about it here. I understand sarcasm when something brings it on. When there's an article about an offensive coordinator and all the comments are about him and the Utah offense, that's hardly sarcasm and very obvious obsession. Perhaps time to seek help.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 10, 2012 4:01 p.m.


    All we've heard for two years is PAC 12-this and PAC 12-that from Utah fans. If you don't understand the sarcasm, then I can't help you. Have a good day.

    Ute fans, be sure to not wash your PAC 12 socks with your PAC 12 pajamas. The colors might run...

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Oct. 10, 2012 3:37 p.m.

    @so. cal reader

    While your assessment of Doman may be correct you have stated a falsehood in multiple posts now about him. He does not have "2 1/2 seasons" as you claim. This is his 2nd season which means he has 1 1/2 seasons. The point is if what you claim, that Doman is in over his head, is correct, then you shouldn't have to lie about how long he has had the job to try to prove that point. Just make your point honestly so that you don't appear to be ignorent and a know nothing.

    Oct. 10, 2012 3:34 p.m.

    USAlover, if it doesn't mean anything as you imply, why is conference membership the only thing you are obsessing over?

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 10, 2012 2:07 p.m.

    With all our PAC 12 caliber recruits and all of our PAC 12 quality uniforms and all of our PAC 12 level players....we should be doing a lot better.

    But, we get to play on the PAC 12 channel (once a month) and we get to put PAC 12 logos on our facebook pages, and we play in the PAC 12 now, and our players are awesome PAC 12 players....blah, blah, blah.

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    Oct. 10, 2012 9:51 a.m.

    No worries Utes brethren. As I recall, there's not that much difference for this particular OC with your OC last year, in his one year to "restore" the glory years of his storied past. Johnson "may" be in over his head, but I don't know if you can say that half-way into his very first season. Now our guy in Happy Valley after 2 1/2 seasons? Now that's a guy who's clearly in over his head.

  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    Oct. 10, 2012 9:47 a.m.

    Here are my thoughts, for what they are worth. BJ needs more mentoring. Having a HC as a defensive guru doesn't do it for him. He is too inexperienced to know how to scheme with his strengths and weaknesses of his own team let alone an opposing defense. BJ is a great guy, bright as the day, but there is so much to be said for mentoring. Whit placed a lot of pressure on a young man and should find other ways to support BJ in his growth. I wish him well as well as the Ute football team, I just don't see it turning around very quickly without some serious support.

    Go UTES!!

  • Hometown Boy Anywhere, UT
    Oct. 10, 2012 8:57 a.m.

    I don't see the problem as the play calling as much as I do the execution. Mistakes in the blocking schemes and pass protection affect the outcome more than the call. The offensive line needs to clean things up as well other stupid penalties that put the offense in a hole. The USC game is a different ballgame if the Utes go in at half ahead. They need to sustain drives longer and execute better and they will be fine. It's not like Johnson is is calling a QB draw at the end of the game when the outcome has been determined.

  • So Utah Fan St George, UT
    Oct. 10, 2012 8:28 a.m.

    It's clear Johnson is in over his head. Whittingham picked him out of some sense of loyalty or friendship. Should have never happened. I attribute the anemic Utah offense solely to the rookie OC. How many more games do we have to lose before Whittingham sees this. Very frustrated.

    Oct. 10, 2012 7:56 a.m.

    Typically, if your starting QB was passing for 60%, averaging 10 yards a completion, and has a TD:INT ratio of 3:1, you'd be pretty pleased with the offense's performance. But it's just not having the explosiveness or continuity yet to beat the teams in this league yet. The question at the QB position becomes do you turn to a more explosive option at QB, while risking larger mistakes than what the current starter makes, or do you trust that your current gameplans will just continue to be executed better?

    I do like glimpses of what I've seen from BJ's offense more and more each week. Against BYU, he took very well-timed shots downfield. Against both BYU and ASU, he utilized the fullbacks very well. And against USC, he again picked a few great times to go downfield with two TD passes to K Scott (one of them being called back because of 1 O-Lineman's bad spatial awareness), and he also began to find creative ways to get yardage running the ball when the defense knew it was coming, one thing Chow was masterful with last season.

  • Hawkeye79 Iowa City, IA
    Oct. 10, 2012 6:25 a.m.

    Some of Utah's current national rankings are a bit worrying.

    Total Offense: 114th
    Third Downs Conversions per game: 121st

    Ultimately only time will tell whether hiring Brian Johnson was a smart move. So far, it is not looking good.