Dick Harmon: BYU's new offensive coordinator Robert Anae made O-line top priority in a hurry

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  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 8, 2013 9:04 a.m.

    Sounds like a future NFL line. QBU, LBU, now O-lineU!!!

  • OCoug Ogden, UT
    Feb. 7, 2013 8:45 p.m.

    Liked what Anae had to say in the recruiting special. Hope the season turns out better for all the teams in the state.

  • therearedozensofus Provo, UT
    Feb. 7, 2013 8:16 p.m.

    "Anae told reporters he offered returning linemen a clean slate and new start to prove themselves to him and compete for positions in the depth chart." Good to see we will be putting the most talented players on the field.

  • Gilmore in Milford Spanish Fork, UT
    Feb. 7, 2013 5:40 p.m.

    Took a stroll up on the hill today and the talk is the Utes will have the top front seven in the country. WOW! Can't wait till fall.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Feb. 7, 2013 4:07 p.m.

    Killarney...Re read my post maybe the second time around you'll not miss the obvious uptake...(at least for now.)

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 7, 2013 4:06 p.m.

    Those of us who care wonder what is going to happen with Brandon Doman. Not a word. Nothing about a Quarterback coach at all. Is he still in or out? What gives?

    Go Cougars!

  • killarney Lincoln Park, IL
    Feb. 7, 2013 3:30 p.m.

    Where's Stockton ???

    Detmer has already said that he's not interested (at least not for now).

    Doman is a great guy, but he was obviously in over his head as an OC and it would have been difficult for him, or anybody, to accept a demotion to a position coach.

    Cahoon, to me, is the most puzzling. He was a great receiver, but he's never coached before, so his coaching skills may still be a work in progress.

    It'll be interesting to see who Anae brings in to complete his staff.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Feb. 7, 2013 2:12 p.m.

    Detmer would be nice CougFanTxx... but getting him to leave his ranch and all that great hunting is going to be hard...meanwhile Robie Boscoe is still wasting away...and still on BYU's payroll. Bronco supposedly didn't have a say in Anae's first call up...If that's true then it makes no sense to have brought him back...keep Doman...and not recognize a great talent that is already there.

  • Solomon the Wise Alpine, UT
    Feb. 7, 2013 1:53 p.m.


    "Just another product of the UT school system I guess."

    If you're going to cast stones about the quality of Utah's educational system, you won't look quite so foolish if you at least spell the name of your home state "Arizone" correctly.

    I'm confident that most readers were able to figure out the locations without any additional explanation.

  • Solomon Levi Alpine, UT
    Feb. 7, 2013 1:33 p.m.

    This is a good recruiting class as far as addressing BYU's most pressing needs. I fully expect to see Kearsley and the three JC transfer offensive linemen playing a significant role in a much improved BYU offense next season.

    Good luck to all the new recruits. Work hard in spring and fall camp and we'll see you August 31st at Virginia.

  • Runner Chandler, AZ
    Feb. 7, 2013 1:18 p.m.

    Shouldn't this sentence...

    "Anae’s O-line recruit work began the day he was hired, flying to Indiana, Columbus, Portland, Oregon, Arizona, California..."

    Read something like this:

    "Anae's O-line recruit work began the day he was hired, flying to Indiana, Ohio, Oregon, Arizone, California...."

    Assuming that Harmon is referring to Columbus, OH, but of course from his writing who knows what exactly he is saying.

    Just another product of the UT school system I guess.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Feb. 7, 2013 12:37 p.m.

    For those wondering about the coaches, Bronco was very clear that the focus was on the recruits until yesterday and now they will focus on finding two more assistant coaches. This was as close as they've come to saying that Doman is gone. I'm still hoping to hear Detmer's name announced as QB coach. I hearing your frustration with letting Cahoon go, but letting DuPaix go made some sense. DuPaix is an Option guy, and I don't think you'll see the Option under Anae.

    The only thing that really surprised me about this recruiting class is no kicker. Sorensen was a great kicker in HS, but he's not the same guy since his injury. And we certainly need someone to replace Stephenson. If my count is right, we now how 10 running backs on scholarship. Wouldn't it make more sense to have 9 running backs and 1 kicker?

    The rest of the recruits seem to fill the right needs.

    I think the D will be as good as last year, and the offense will improve. But with a tough scedule, I'll take an 8-5 season.

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    Feb. 7, 2013 12:33 p.m.

    Re: Y's little brother-- Let's hope you're right! I certainly hope so. I'm just going off of the previous track record. It is also highly unlikely that Kearsley's "attitude" will present itself as a true freshman. Also, "if" he serves a mission, than such attitude will be 2/3 years away.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Feb. 7, 2013 11:35 a.m.

    Don't necessarily agree with you Rocky on the first part seeing how stagnantly predictable he became during his first tour...and who else did Doman have supposedly guiding him offensively back them while Brandon was the quarterback coach...Right...Anae...so if the shoe fits then you have to either wear it or go shopping...but who goes to DI and buys back thier old shoes that they took there in the first place...oh that's right... Anae walked out on his own...or at least that's the latest story... but granted it is what it is...so I'm certainly am hoping that you are right on the 3rd part to this never ending story. So is your favorite play the no knee option???

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    Feb. 7, 2013 11:05 a.m.

    Where's Stockton ???

    Anae has already proven himself to be a very good Offensive Coordinator.

    Was he perfect? Far from it.

    Was he better than Doman?

    Honestly, if BYU had had Anae instead of Doman in 2012, the Cougars might well have played in their first BCS bowl. BYU lost 5 very winnable games in 2012 because they didn't have an offense to compliment their defense.

    I think Anae learned a few things while at Arizona that will be incorporated into BYU's offense next season that will make BYU's even more potent and efficient.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Feb. 7, 2013 10:55 a.m.

    I will admit that he does have a good reporte with Poly's and yes he merits fairly well as a recruting rsource...But he's going to have to really prove himself from the get go as a return Offensive Coordinator...and Bronco as a Head Coach for bringing him back.

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    Feb. 7, 2013 10:55 a.m.

    Surprises work, occasionally, but the key to a good offense is efficiency.

    Everyone knew that the Jazz were going to run the pick-and-roll with Stockton and Malone, but few teams figured out how to stop it.

    As BYU's inside receivers coach, Anae helped Cougar tight ends earn All-Mountain West Conference honors six times, including five first-team awards. BYU tight ends also achieved national accolades under Anae's tutelage as Jonny Harline received first-team All-America honors in 2006 and Dennis Pitta was named a consensus All-American in 2009.

    During Anae's tenure as offensive coordinator, BYU earned top-25 NCAA statistical rankings in different offensive categories on 28 occasions, including 13 times in the top 10. The Cougars ranked in the top 25 in third-down efficiency each of Anae's six seasons, including a No. 1 rating in 2009 and No. 2 rankings in 2008 and 2006. BYU achieved a top-6 passing offense three times (2005, 2006, and 2008) in six seasons. Two quarterbacks operating his offenses, John Beck and Max Hall, went on to the NFL.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Feb. 7, 2013 10:32 a.m.

    Look Harmon... let's make this plain and simple. Anae has already proved that he's no Doug Scovil or Norm Chow as a play caller.

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 7, 2013 10:20 a.m.

    These recruits all sound like blue chippers. I see greatness ahead.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Feb. 7, 2013 10:17 a.m.

    Let's not forget that Anae was a very prodictable play caller...used a limited playbook with little imagination and was prone to gamble at the wrong times. Doman didn't learn a lot from him because the last time that Anae was here he just didn't have a solid offensive plan. Who in thier right mind opts not to take a knee with only seconds in a half deep inside your own end of the field and 10 points ahead... or even worse when the game is in hand and it's the last play of the game...and it get's your QB sidelined for the rest of the year. I'm sorry but til anae shows me that he's learned big time under Sttops and Rodriguez I'm still wondering what the heck is Bronco thinking!

  • Y's little brother Sandy, UT
    Feb. 7, 2013 10:03 a.m.

    So. Cal Reader

    You need to take a look at Brayden Kearsley's highlights video - 29 pancake blocks in ONE game; maybe that will convince you that Anae is serious about having an Offensive Line that will play with an "attitude".

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    Feb. 7, 2013 10:02 a.m.

    Re: justcap "Finally someone on the coaching staff realized how bad the line has been... It has been the weak point for the last several years (all the years that I have been paying attention, which may be only 4 or 5)." Hate to tell you this, but Anae was the OC and, thus, overall in charge of the OLine 4/5 years ago. It'll certainly be interesting to see how much he's "changed" from his UofA time.

    Re: OC Fan "New sheriff in town!" Indeed. However, does he still have the same bullets?

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    Feb. 7, 2013 9:59 a.m.

    Very interesting concept, idea expressed by Anae. I definitely want the offense to excel under Anae's tutelage this season and beyond. But I can't drink this article's Cool Aid just yet: "BYU sold these players on the idea they’ll become fast-playing tough guys unafraid to take it to defenders play in and play out." And that was supposed to define the O-Line under Anae's previous tenure? BYU O-Line, with a very few exceptions, has been defined as large and soft.

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    Feb. 7, 2013 9:07 a.m.

    We'll see how fast the hogs really are soon enough. I hope something was learned in Arizona about how to run the clock out properly (take a knee) and blocking on special teams.

    Congratulations to Chris B for sneaking a most irrelevant comment past the DNews comment police. Should have been denied for being totally off-topic but someone at the DNews really likes Chrissy. Furthermore this is the third time (s)he's tried this same comment to rile Cougar fans. At least (s)he's consistent except for not being the first to post the usual drivel.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Feb. 7, 2013 8:32 a.m.

    I think Anae did exactly what he should have done, concentrate on strengthening BYU's most critical weakness, the offensive line, and then worry about filling out his coaching staff. I'm sure Robert already has position coaches in mind, in fact, they've more than likely already been contacted, so now that he's got his players, Anae can now concentrate on hiring his coaches.

    Three JC transfers and a Frosh who could all be ready to start next fall is a great start to getting BYU's offense back on track.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Feb. 7, 2013 8:21 a.m.

    I assume things will be predictable under the new offense...they were when he was here before. Sounds like he is proactive making changes that need to happen. When he had the offense Jake Heaps was the Player of the Game at the ABQ bowl game. Had he stayed I think we would have missed the Riley disaster. I hope it is all real, however, I seem to recall that last year we had a "great" offensive line before the season started. I guess that this year we will again have a great offensive line in August. Let's hope we also have a great offensive line in December.

  • Pharmingdonkey Temple, TX
    Feb. 7, 2013 7:31 a.m.

    After the news conferences and stories from yesterday I'm anxious to see how this pans out. Yes they still need a QB and Wide-receivers Coach. But what about the Tight Ends? Who will coach them. That's the position that has been lacking as of late. Any word on possible TE coaches?

  • kosimov Riverdale, UT
    Feb. 7, 2013 6:58 a.m.

    The cougars have always been "predictable", because they have different priorities than many schools do. In many schools, football players are there to play football, period; school is a distraction more than the primary reason for being there. So it is not hard for coaches and players to make everything except athletics "bend" so athletics can remain the top priority. Those schools place more players in the pros than BYU and some other Universities do because that is what they are there for. BYU tends to focus more on the tradition of "school first, athletics second", so for sports fans of the schools, it can be hard to understand some decisions and actions.

    BYU has long had the philosophy “you know what we are going to do. Now try to stop us!” LaVelle Edwards established that and it works well when the athletes and coaches can work hard and establish a level of execution superior to other schools. Lately, that hasn't been as well done; I don't know why, except I believe now BYU knows why, and they are making changes to return to BYU's winning ways. We'll see if they succeed very soon…

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    Feb. 7, 2013 6:31 a.m.

    Rodriguez and Stoops would be outstanding coaching mentors. Anae is certainly better off professionally having been tutored by them rather than bronco. Still, I laughed out loud at Dick Harmon's attempt to portray Anae as a solid recruiter with his reference to him having "chased down" a couple of 2-star JUCO O-Linemen.....who as of LOI Day, had ZERO other FBS offers.

    "Chased down"? I'd say he wouldn't have had to run very far or very fast to snare those prized recruits.


  • DRay Roy, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 11:22 p.m.

    Much of football is about surprise, deception, keeping d off-balance & guessing wrong about what's coming next, will Cougs become too predictable again?

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Feb. 6, 2013 9:32 p.m.

    So, . . . . . .

    When is he going to hire a QB coach, RB coach and receivers coach?
    He runs a very capable Cahoon and Dupaix out of town and no one to replace them?

    I agree that getting an offensive line up and running is high priority but there ARE other important aspects of the offense also. And we HAVE lost some recruits as a result of lack of skill positions coaches.

  • OC Fan Orange County, CA
    Feb. 6, 2013 9:29 p.m.

    New sheriff in town!

  • justcap Provo, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 9:07 p.m.

    Finally someone on the coaching staff realized how bad the line has been... It has been the weak point for the last several years (all the years that I have been paying attention, which may be only 4 or 5).

    Feb. 6, 2013 8:34 p.m.

    Impressive quotes from Anae, humility and hard work can do wonders; it makes me more encouraged about the coming seasons!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 8:23 p.m.

    I'm excited to see how it all works out.