BYU football: Five reasons for BYU's offensive struggles

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  • southern heat Hurricane, UT
    Oct. 9, 2012 2:25 p.m.

    BYU should come down south here. There's severl decent kickers. Our boy kicked a 48 yarder the other night. Certainly better than what the Y has done. As I watched the Utah State game, I asked myself.."is Bronco having fun"? Sure didn't look like it. Made me wonder if the rest of the team is having fun. Don't think Dolman is. Wishing for better years to come.

  • CalJac LOS GATOS, CA
    Oct. 9, 2012 11:57 a.m.

    Bronco is fond of saying, "Our team is perfectly designed for the results we are receiving." If he wants better results on offense, he needs to follow his own philosophy and redesign the offense by getting competent offensive coaches!

    Oddman said "I wonder how they might feel if when they did something at their place of employment, others began seeking their removal. We'd all be in a world of hurt as none of us are correct 100% of the time, even in a single day."

    The problem is we are not talking about one bad play call, we're talking about 1 1/2 years worth of poor performance. Employers that don't make changes when employees are repeatidly showing incompetence, deserve to go bankrupt. Since we love our Cougs, we would rather face the difficulty of replacing poor performers, than see the program go down.

    We need an EXPERIENCED and creative offensive coordinator. Doman can be the QB coach and learn from him. Bronco will learn from his recent mistakes and take more responsibility for ALL facits of game management. He must if he wants to win.

  • Lanius_lancii Vicksburg, MS
    Oct. 9, 2012 10:45 a.m.

    Just give me a QB who can throw an accurate pass with at least a little umph on it. Take me back to the old passing game. Enough of these hybrid runner-passers and the spread-option or spread. They hardly ever work all that well. Especially now that everyone has experience defending them. And especially when the QB's running skills aren't all that great and they're too small to take the resulting punishment. Heaps sudden and strange decline set us way back. Should've hired Drage as OC -- gotta figure he'd light some hineys on fire, at least.

  • oddman ,
    Oct. 9, 2012 9:18 a.m.

    Y dad, sounds to me like both of us have injected less emotional responses than those you refer to as trolls. It is tiresome to read continual calls for dismissal or demotion of present coaches. I wonder how they might feel if when they did something at their place of employment, others began seeking their removal. We'd all be in a world of hurt as none of us are correct 100% of the time, even in a single day.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Oct. 9, 2012 8:42 a.m.

    Good article. Five accurate observations and showing how one problem flows into the next. Too bad it was wasted on this batch of hatchet fans. Utah trolls got one thing right: with fans like these, who needs trolls?

  • Central Texan Buda, TX
    Oct. 9, 2012 8:38 a.m.

    I'll agree with RepresentBlue.

    I remember the 2011 Texas game all too well. The moribund play calling in the second half had me pulling my hair out. Lackluster play calling has seemed to be a feature of the BYU offense.

    Rather than focusing on establishing the running game to open the passing game, how about mixing up the passing game to open up the passing game AND running game? Like more passes (short and long) to Apo and Friel as well as Hoffman? Get Falslev and other receivers downfield.

  • Parkite1 Park City, UT
    Oct. 9, 2012 7:19 a.m.

    Players need to be conditioned for the hurry-up offense that is the way for BYU to return to greatness, keep the defense guessing and winded. This is the future of many college programs and the NFL. Bronco needs to be relegated to defensive coach and Doman to QB coach. Holmoe needs to start a search for both a new head coach and offensive coach, maybe Boscoe. That said had Bornco prepared the team (as is his responsibility for the noise level at Rice and had not gone for two against Boise BYU might be undefeated right now. Last year had Bronco benched Heaps for the entire second half against both Texas and Utah, BYU might have only had the loss to TCU we will never know. However, now it is time for me to ask that my donations no longer help support the football program until Holmoe makes changes!

  • oddman ,
    Oct. 9, 2012 1:16 a.m.

    Finally an indepth analysis of why we are struggling. It is tiresome to hear the arm chair qbs call for this coaches head or that coaches head. In football as in life we must work with that which is on hand. Injuries have decimated the ability to progress along the O line as well as at qb, running back, defensive line etc. The loss of Juice et al also factor into the equation. Certainly coaching can be questioned. That being said, let's remember we're all in this together and let's see how it plays out the rest of the season. Very likely Lark will be heaving passes in the near future to Apo, Hoffman and TEs. There is little doubt the landscape changes every week so let's enjoy the ride. After all we are still 4-2 and some exciting opportunities await us.

  • PCRes Park City, UT
    Oct. 8, 2012 11:20 p.m.

    Well said is embarrassing to hear commentators constantly discuss the bad kicking game. The coaches have rejected excellent kickers, "didn't need another kicker" and watch the super stars miss a PAT. Time to make many coaching changes.
    BYU should be the best team on the field, ALL the time. Too many great athlete's who want to play and get passed over...

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 8, 2012 8:49 p.m.

    Byu offense does not strugle. Where awesome at everythink.

  • 7dawg Norman, OK
    Oct. 8, 2012 8:23 p.m.

    Represent Blue you stole my post! I was going to do the same thing. Ha ha. The starting offensive line was also a solid post.

  • RR_Xing San Diego, CA
    Oct. 8, 2012 8:21 p.m.

    Could it be who they are playing? Utah State is a top 10 defense; Boise State is in the top 20. Of course, the schedule doesn't get easier with Oregon State and Notre Dame, but I'd be surprised if BYU doesn't put a lot of points on the board in their remaining games.

  • Just Me Richfield, UT
    Oct. 8, 2012 8:05 p.m.

    re: majmajor

    Yep blame the line. I could see those guys saying, "Hey lets run the draw instead of the kneel down." It's that kind of LEADERSHIP that gives the whole team no confidences.

  • majmajor Layton, UT
    Oct. 8, 2012 4:49 p.m.

    5 reasons for BYU doing poorly:

    - Right Tackle
    - Right Guard
    - Center
    - Left Guard
    - Left Tackle

    Or one could say there is one reason: Inability of BYU to prepare and coach the offensive line.

  • cdchttrtn meridian, idaho
    Oct. 8, 2012 4:40 p.m.

    Boy!!!! Did RepresentBlue hit the nail on the head. If Anae was the worst offensive coordinator in college football, Doman is the second. In Saturdays game agaist Utah State we had a one on one with their defensive back several times and couldn't complete a pass. BYU offensive looks like a jr. high school offense and maybe thats giving them to much credit. If anyone watches college football and if they watch their offenses, you can see that BYU doesn't even compare. Don't tell me we have a Freshmen QB and we need to keep it simple. Many school have a true or redshirt freshmen and they don't hold him back. They coach him up. Very disapointed in BYU.

  • Lone Star Cougar Plano, TX
    Oct. 8, 2012 4:37 p.m.

    So basically this article is saying that 2 things, injuries and coaching, are causing this issue of poor offense. Can you help players not to have injuries? Possibly, if you don't run the QB up the middle when you don't have to, but it is difficult to stop the injuries. Can you help the poor coaching? Definitely.

    Also, did we have big questions on our kicking game before the season? Absolutely. Why were we not prepared? Are we not one of the top Division 1-A schools? Let's get it together guys.

  • RepresentBlue West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 8, 2012 4:21 p.m.

    Five reasons for BYU's offensive struggles?

    1. D
    2. O
    3. M
    4. A
    5. N

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Oct. 8, 2012 4:14 p.m.

    Mony of the woes of the kicking game would be solved by moving the ball back two more yards from the line of scrimmage and then BLOCKING anyone (and everyone) that tries to get through the line. That's a fundamental of the game.......