Love the chatter on football, it is August and fall and football loom on the
horizon. Would that we could harness all the energy and emotion with regard to
football on more serious issues!
@BC Exactly couldn't agree with you more. Before he hired Doug Scovil
Edwards had his share of failed and marginal attempts at the running game...
i.e. the Ogden bros. and so the perfect prolific passing scheme to overwhelm and
outscore his opponents became his quest from that time on. I remember arriving
at Utah State and getting in my seat late with a little over nine minutes
remaining in the first quarter and Marc Wilson already had 21 points on the
board. Scovil had the capacity to mix up every type of multiple receivers in
very high tech crossing patterns possible that would leave defenses totally
unable to make any connecting reads...something that Robert Anae will never be
able to duplicate no matter how many other coaches like Stoops and Rodriguez he
Where's Stockton ???Lavell's developing passing genius at
the Y came about from Doug Scovil, Norm Chow, Mike Holmgren and others adding to
an ever more sophisticated passing offense, and as you say, a long succession of
highly talented Top Tier All-American QB's and complimentary players.It started with LaVell's recognition as a defensive assistant coach
of the difficulty of defending a well-coached passing attack, and BYU's
need to compensate for not having the necessary "hogs" on the offensive
line to be able to successfully excute a smash-mouth rushing offense.
@Phoenix ...Lavell's developing passing genius at the Y came about more as
a result of finding and hiring Doug Scovil first then having Norm Chow develop
as an assistant along the way. Both coaching and mentoring highly talented Top
Tier All American QB's along the way.
The still unanswered question is... who the Utes have lined up as
Erickson's designated driver! Even the Deseret News can't ignore the
past by burying it's head in the sand or by going against first amendment
rights and selecting which posts they will or will not post on this blog.
steeleuteAnae wasn't "run out of town;" he left on his
own terms and took a lateral move to return from Arizona on his own terms.Meanwhile, Erickson WAS run out of town by ASU and was coaching his
kid's peewee league team when he was called out of retirement to nursemaid
Kyle's failing 20-year-old OC experiment.
JohnInSLCLaVell Edwards played at Utah State.Norm Chow played
at Utah.Neither one of them learned a thing about LaVell's
vaunted passing attack from Utah and neither one of them ever coached a down at
Utah until (in Norm's case) a decade after they left BYU.Sorry
to burst your little crimson bubble, but the coaching tree starts with LaVell
and his coaching knowledge base.
Gotta love how the Y fans are doggin on the Erickson hiring yet praising Anae
after running him out of town several years ago
"I wonder if they'll offer La Vell a coaching job next....half of the
coaching staff at Utah are BYU alumni."GKD:Typical.
Another hypocritcal y "fan" that doesn' tknow that during the
y's moment in the sun, its top coaches, LaVell and Norm Chow, were Utah
Men. You're welcome.
Ignore the naysayers, Coach. Plenty of us are happy that you are part of the
Ute coaching staff. Can't wait to see the team, and the revamped offense,
take the field later this month.Go Utes!
The O was horrible last year. I feel confident it will be better this year. The
only question is how much better? Although it is no small task, it is reasonable
to expect one more score a game from a more experienced Wilson, vastly improved
O line and with Erickson's guidence. With one touchdown more a game they
will be back in a bowl game and 8 wins is absolutely possible. One score a game
more represents going from 73 in scoring offense to 33.
I genuinely hope he does have success at Utah. It would be nice if both BYU and
Utah could gain some credibility this year for the Beehive State. I remain
skeptical on both fronts however.Erickson's performance at
Oregon St is probably his biggest career success. He built that program into a
winner from absolutely nothing and it was very impressive. I know he won Natl
Championships in Miami, but his program there was dirty and loaded with NCAA
violations. That was a problem that went far beyond DE, but it still happened
on his watch. Also don't forget that he did have at least a partial role
in the mid 2000's destruction of the San Francisco 49ers. To me
the jury is out on DE, it's way too early to declare a success or failure.
I'm anxious to see what happens.
Since it's an article on Utah football, one thing is certain: The
pro-BYU/anti-Ute fans will be out in force.
Marked it down,I'm not so sure OSU and AZ are guaranteed losses
for Utah. AZ will be breaking in a new QB and Utah outplayed OSU two years in a
row but turnovers cost them the game in 2012. The will land somewhere between
5-7 to 7-5. What about BYU? I see 4 sure losses and 2 sure wins on
their schedule, which means if they split the remaining games they land at 5-7.
Brad,Your killing me your satirical comments.... in your article on
Erickson..... I wonder if they'll offer La Vell a coaching job next....half
of the coaching staff at Utah are BYU alumni...I guess the school of the
prophets still needs assistance from the Lord's University..Kirk Davis BYU DB 87-88
Great to have you on board Coach Erickson!Let the jealous south spin
away with their OC retread!Go Utes!!
All trash talking aside, if anybody can resurrect utah's moribund offense
it is DE.
Chris B: Comment - Rewind - Repeat - Comment - Rewind - Repeat - Comment -
Rewind - Repeat.Each time as funny as the time before.Erickson: "...is a little overrated, in my opinion" He's been at
Utah less than a year and already is got the pecking order of the PAC firgured
out. Good for you Dennis
With the schedule Utah has, it will be a monumental achievement for the Utes to
get to 6-6 and a bowl.
christy"We will 8-4 and top 25 by end of season, and within
grasp of south crown and rose bowl within last two games of season"Not a chance.The Utes will lose to OSU, UCLA, Stanford, Arizona,
and USC and will be 0-5 and hopelessly out of the PAC South race before
November.Mark it down!
Two coaches that have each PROVEN they can build top 5 teams. It's only a matter of time until we return to where we belong. We will 8-4 and top 25 by end of season, and within grasp of south crown and
rose bowl within last two games of season South winner will have 2-3
losses.Mark it down Go utes!