Dick Harmon: Can Robert Anae overcome challenges in return to BYU?

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  • Y's Guy Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 7, 2013 9:31 a.m.

    Salt Lake City, UT

    Thanks for the "Lots Of Love"! Nice to know you're now a BYU fan!

  • 32843 PROVO, UT
    Jan. 5, 2013 9:53 p.m.

    Personally, I don't know just how well Anae will do. I had no idea he had done such good work while he was here at BYU the first time and that he continued getting better as a coach since he left. So, maybe he'll get even better coming back to BYU after he's had the chance to pick up the pieces of BYU's broken offense from the past couple of years. Those of you who are saying that Doman got the shaft need to rethink that. He wasn't just a bad OC, he was astonishingly horrible. The defining moment that bears out just how bad of an OC he was, was when he called a running play at the end of the USU game that was already won and which resulted in a season ending injury to Taysom Hill, requiring surgery.

    Doman didn't' get the shaft. He got what anyone else would have gotten if they, too, were as unproductive as he was. He got fired, thankfully.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Jan. 5, 2013 9:25 p.m.

    Something had to be done but I would rather see Ty Detmer either as QB coach or OC. The guy has a brilliant football mind and 14 years in the NFL, now just coaching HS (and needs cash).

  • Stgeorgebyu St. Georg, UT
    Jan. 5, 2013 8:36 p.m.

    Confused you are confused Doman never really wanted Lark. Many times Lark talked about wondering why Doman did not like him. He felt it was because he wasn't a raw raw guy. 54-10 you are still living in past at least change your screen name to the score this year. I'm thinking of changing my screen name to a score from the 80's or 90's if I reasoned like a mindless troll as yourself.

  • Teddy Bear Las Vegas, NV
    Jan. 5, 2013 8:22 p.m.

    I hope Anae keeps Cahoon. I think he has done a great job with the receivers.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Jan. 5, 2013 6:59 p.m.

    Sandy, UT

    But isn't that the point of playing the games? Good teams will lose to better teams. Better teams will lose to the best teams. Everybody cheers for the underdog. Except Utah fans if the underdog is BYU.

    So we've won an awful lot of football games, occasionally against good teams, and we seem to have lost the ability to beat Utah either when they are good or awful.

    Will coach Anae change that? It will be interesting to see. I think this season we had a tougher schedule than we've had for a long time, and we did a little worse. What most objective people agree to is that with a better offense, we could have been great this year.

    Next year? We'll see.

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    Jan. 5, 2013 5:50 p.m.

    Before the bowl game last month Doman stated on TrueBlue that Bronco would make the final decision on whether or not Nelson would play in the bowl game. So, I have to assume Bronco was taking the decision all year as to who would play QB. Not wise, not wise. He needs to review what LaVell told him and follow that advice.

    Good luck to all the coaching staff, whoever they may be.

  • Confused Sandy, UT
    Jan. 5, 2013 1:46 p.m.

    Yes I said he was a flop, You site the top 25 ranking (againist mother of the poor teams). What is his actual win/loss records againist "Good" Programs?

    Do you not remember the embrassing losses to TCU, Utah, BSU and FSU? oh wait, let me guess that was Reynolds fault right?

    Jan. 5, 2013 12:28 p.m.

    Really people. One of you people called Anae a flop. If he was a flop why were BYU offenses ranked in the top 25 every year, except for 2010 then? If he was a flop then why was the BYU offense averaging over 30 points a game, and if he was a flop, then why did the BYU offense rank so high in 3rd down conversions every year he was the O.C., including ranked 1st in 2009. I'll tell you why, because he had a great mix of run and pass. Were there times that I felt he made mistakes? Sure but what coach doesn't make mistakes. I think you trolls need to let coaches coach and stop acting like you all know more than the coaches. How much experience do you guys have? Oh yeah and by the way, our running game has been awful the last few years, until the Freshman phenom Jamaal Williams started getting the ball. Atuaia was a solid running back in college and was a grad assistant at BYU for years, until he was hired as the assistant to the A.D. Go Cougs.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 5, 2013 10:39 a.m.

    Kudos to Henry Drummond, Longtime fan, and Blue Husky. These are my thoughts exactly. You said it better than I could. Thank you! There are things that happen behind the scenes that we, the fans, do not know/do not see. Thank you Dick Harmon for an insightful look at a good man.

    We love the cougars! Go team!

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 5, 2013 10:36 a.m.

    So many trolls, so little intelligence. Let Anae do his job with the right players.

  • Troy06 OREM, UT
    Jan. 5, 2013 8:53 a.m.

    But Dick Harmon said Brandon would remain the OC. Was Dick actually wrong?

  • U 90 Corona, CA
    Jan. 5, 2013 7:43 a.m.

    Tom Holmoe's record as the Cal Bear head coach was 12-43. That means he was basically a 2-9 coach for 5 years. Is he really the right guy to be calling the shots for BYU's football program?

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Jan. 5, 2013 6:31 a.m.

    To those of you who say that Anae was too conservative, I say his QB's didn't get hurt and they put up big numbers. To those who say he's too predictable, I say everybody knew what Vince Lombardi was going to call. Football is about execution. Look at Bronco's defense. Execution. Scheme. Brilliance. The offense was exactly the opposite this year. Anae will fix that. And for those who argue that Anae is too predictable, I agree. I predict that his offense will be 100% better than this year's offense.

  • ET Bass Idaho Falls, ID
    Jan. 5, 2013 3:50 a.m.

    An offensive coordinator with a linemens mentality. Not a good combination.

  • Ironhide Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 5, 2013 2:32 a.m.

    You wouldn't be laughing at a team that won more games, made it to the post season, and had a higher sagarin rating, would you? See, that sagarin part accounts for the more difficult schedule....by 34 spots...

    Dick makes a couple of presumptions that hopefully are true. For instance, that he won't be so predictable But really, if he can fix the 0-line, it will make a significant difference.

    Doman got the shaft. He'll get another chance, but I hope he also pays close attention to the process this time around. I really wish I knew if Doman chose Riley or Bronco did. Bronco eluded to trusting whatever Doman recommended in terms of QB choice, yet he also bore his testimony of Riley on a weekly basis.

    Taysom has an arm. Rehab is going well. This will be a better team. Who the staff recruit from JC for the o-line will make difference. And I hope they will keep Dupaix around for recruiting, if he'll submit to that. It seems advantageous to have a running back
    who played in college be the coach.

  • Troy06 OREM, UT
    Jan. 4, 2013 11:55 p.m.

    But Dick Harmon said Brandon would remain the OC. Was Dick actually wrong?

  • Dr Rush Saint George, UT
    Jan. 4, 2013 10:00 p.m.

    Mendehall is the problem....

  • sls Columbia, MO
    Jan. 4, 2013 9:35 p.m.

    I like the fact that Anae will also be coaching the offensive line. After all, that's where he played at BYU. That's who he coached at Texas Tech and that's who he coached at Arizona. I suspect his stint at Arizona under two excellent head coaches will give him enough imagination to make things work even better the second time around.

  • Uncle Rico Provo, UT
    Jan. 4, 2013 9:04 p.m.

    So Doman gets fired because of Bronco's mancrush on Riley Nelson?
    Doesn't make sense to me. Bronco needs to take some responsibility. He blames other coaches, but never takes responsibility.

  • UGradBYUfan Snowflake, AZ
    Jan. 4, 2013 8:35 p.m.

    I am glad to hear Anae is coming back. I was frustrated at times by his lack of creativity, but it is true that the program was much more successful and the offense had an identity. The offense never established an identity under Doman. I am not saying that Doman could never be a good offensive coordinator, as I thought he was improving as he went along. But I don't think BYU has enough time to wait for Doman to become a good offensive coordinator. Good job Holmoe and Bronco!

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Jan. 4, 2013 8:00 p.m.

    Well Bronco will now just be D's coach and Robert be O's coach. Yes Bronco is the HC but he will stay away dealing with QB's and O's department which he will sure be glad. Okay, when is spring work out start? Oh almost forgot, who will coach the O's line since Weber is gone?

  • longtime fan Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 4, 2013 7:34 p.m.

    This move is a huge step in the right direction. Doman is a good quarterbacks coach but his philosophy as an OC was too heavily influenced by his time under Crowton. Robert Anae places priority on perfect execution and consistency. We can expect to see BYU return to more of a drop-back/shotgun passing game with higher completion percentages and the ability to move the ball at will. With the more mobile QBs BYU has been recruiting, there will be an added threat when plays break down, but you won't see QB keeper plays being called unless it is a sneak on 3rd and short. This will preserve the health of the QBs and keep them sharp at executing the passing game. When BYU needs to run, it will be done by the running backs, the way it should be.
    I look forward to the return of a potent offense coupled with a stingy Mendenhall defense, with the added benefit of more mobile QBs and hopefully a sprinkling of well-executed gimmick plays to keep the opposing defenses guessing. This should be the combination to get BYU past the level of the previous Anae term.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Jan. 4, 2013 6:51 p.m.

    This is probably the most honest and insightful article on Robert Anae that I've read. I never bought the line that he just decided to move on. He clearly did not have the latitude to do his job and was effectively forced out.

    I've always felt Anae knew what he was doing but was interfered with by too many people. I suspect if he had been left to his own devices, Jake Heaps would have red-shirted his first year, he would still be with the program, and he would have turned into the quarterback everybody expected. Instead its been non-stop disaster.

    If Dick is correct and Anae has Carte Blanche to build his own staff and isn't going to be micro-managed from above, then I think there will be better times ahead for the program. I think its a good move and fans should be glad Anae has agreed to return after all the grief they handed him.

  • Confused Sandy, UT
    Jan. 4, 2013 5:15 p.m.

    Not really Pipes... Bronco wanted Nelson... Doman wanted Lark... look at who won and the results? then who gets the blame... doman....

    Anae will be a flop just like before... BYU admin has no insight in how to get this program back on track.... putter, putter, putter is all BYU will do until Bronco retires.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 4, 2013 5:07 p.m.


  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 4, 2013 4:58 p.m.

    Most importantly, he will not be saddled with Riley Nelson. That in and of itself will guarantee that next season will see a better offensive output than this past season!