View from the Booth: View from the Booth: After frustrating season, Utes must move forward

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  • indycrimson Franklin, IN
    Nov. 21, 2012 8:03 p.m.

    Cougfanintexas and I finally agree...

    Brian Johnson v. Brandon Doman....that would be an extremely even and futile trade.

    I hate it when coaches name assistants because they are local, on staff in another capacity or associated with someone in the program.

    Interview studs and make the decision based on the best candidates....Johnson wasn't that

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Nov. 21, 2012 3:24 p.m.

    @ Uteology - "Yes we need PAC-12 talent and depth, but we also need PAC-12 coaches. Bring in a real OC and let BJ develop under him."

    Okay, okay . . . you're welcome to take Doman.

  • jersey Mt Laurel, NJ
    Nov. 21, 2012 3:24 p.m.

    If Utah wants to be successful in the PAC12 they cannot get away from what made them successful in the first place. Number 1, recruit and sign the best Utah kids. Number 2, keep building the missionary pipeline. If we continue to get away from what made us successful in the first place, we will never win in the PAC12. You can recruit all the 5 star recruits you want, but if they are knuckle heads that care more about how they look in their uniforms on game day and less about the work it takes in the off season to be successful, we will be mediocore. From where I was sitting this year I saw a lot of players who think they have arrived and not a lot of players with much heart. And the receivers need to learn how to catch the ball and run routes.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 21, 2012 3:01 p.m.

    Yes we need PAC-12 talent and depth, but we also need PAC-12 coaches. Bring in a real OC and let BJ develop under him.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 2:48 p.m.


    new mexico, wyoming, unlv, csu, just to name a few. If there is one thing whittingham has proven it is his ability to lose to some really bad teams. Once again I'm not making any predictions about the game this week but utah "fans" already chalking it up as a win ought to take pause and maybe consider whittingham's history before they do so.

  • BigUtahFan BOUNTIFUL, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 12:51 p.m.

    Hey foulkiller,

    What terrible teams have the Utes proven they can lose to? Besides CU?

    Tough year, Utah had to go to a 3rd string QB and their LB's are Turrible. Utah will bounce back and all the complaining about coaches will dissappear.

    GO UTES!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 10:27 a.m.


    Why do you assume utah will finish 5-7? They aren't very good and they lost to colorado last year, at home, which allowed colorado to break a 3 YEAR road losing streak. Why would you assume they are going to beat colorado on the road when they couldn't even beat them at home? The assumptions that utah was going to be good were a huge part of the failure and disappointment of this season so making assumptions seams to be what leads to utah "fan" heartache. I'm not predicting a win or a loss for utah this weekend because frankly I have no idea what will happen. colorado is terrible but utah isn't much better and they've already proven they can lose to colorado, and any other number of terrible teams.

    You need to hope for a win but prepare yourself for more disappointment ebcause the odds of being disappointed once again are pretty high.

  • BigRich Orem, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 8:22 a.m.

    As one who bleeds blue, I believe Whittingham is a fine ciach. Going to the PAC 12 is a huge change. It took ASU and the U of A years to build up their programs when they joined. Ute fans are going to have to be patient while BYU has about the same number of PAC 12 wins as Utah.

  • RunninUte Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 7:39 a.m.

    Wow, wishful thinking is an understatement. There is no way that would happen. Gary Anderson has done a great job and I'm happy for him but just because the utes have a bad year in the PAC-12 and Utah State has a 10-2 year against a 7 team WAC conference that is literally ending next year doesn't mean he is all of a sudden a better coach. Utah State had a much better year, no question. But when Kyle Whittingham led the Utes to a sugar boal victory, was he going to replace Mack Brown at Texas because the utes had a much better year?
    Ute fans probably had too high expectations going into the PAC-12. It's going to be tough but it doesn't mean they need to demote Whittingham. This 5-7 team is probably as good as the 10-3 team in the last season in the Mountain West. Now when the utes have a mediocre year, they don't have Wyoming, Colorado State, New Mexico and UNLV.

    Nov. 21, 2012 7:34 a.m.

    Two undefeated seasons within 4 years of each other. A dominating offense and defense. The difference................

    We have gone away from the Vertical downfield offense we use to have. The defense as with any defense is struggling because it is on the field all the time. We must get a quality proven coach as the OC and let Brian learn in the wings like everyone else. The offense is no fun to watch. Bubble screen after bubble screen. 4 yard pass plays. We must go vertical which then opens the run also. Tight ends must be used even more. Vertical....Vertical.....

    USU hired two SEC coaches this year and we hired a graduate assistant to take us to the next level. Not enough experience.

    NEW OC is the key. Kyle's dismise might be the hiring of Brian Johnson as the OC. Let's move forward we are in the Big leagues now.

  • indycrimson Franklin, IN
    Nov. 21, 2012 4:11 a.m.

    In my opinion Kyle started to be Homer when he recruited locally too much and hired Johnson as OC.

    Be a man, face your mistakes, change as needed and remain a great coach who had a bad experiment. Or...stay with your bad choices and be replaced by a Mora, Rodriguez, Leach type.... The PAC 12 is too good to allow a Homer to compete.

    Add to it that we have a very weak AD and its even more reason for Whit to self evaluate.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Nov. 20, 2012 9:58 p.m.

    It would be a huge long shot of wishful thinking. But it would be great if Utah could get Gary Anderson to be head coach and for Kyle to stay on as defensive coordinator.