BYU football: Cougars eager to unleash new offensive attack

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  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Aug. 26, 2013 10:12 p.m.


    Granted, Virginia is no Weber State (a Utah opponent this year) but they are part of the Big Bad BCS System ... They also won 4 games last year (not 3) and had victories over Penn State, NC State, and Miami (all of which would have thumped Utah).


    How could Coach Anae have a new Offensive Scheme when he is a veteran coach??? Say that out loud to yourself five times and see if that makes any sense to you... Yeah, me neither...

    Still not covinced a veteran coach can devise new Offensive Schemes? "Watch and Learn."


    Seems like everytime I read a post of yours it's dripping with anger... Don't be so hard on yourself, it's only football... The fact is that Anae's resume reads Ofensive Coordinator, Assistant Head Coach and Line oach at AZ for 2 years and was directly responsible for the run game and reported directly to Stoops for that part of the Offense... Both years that he was there the Wildcats were one of the top 16 run offences in the country.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 26, 2013 5:11 p.m.


    "BYU is an underdog at Virginia at Vegas." they're not. They are anywhere from a 1 point favorite to a 4 point favorite depending on the book you check. Considering the home team (virginia) gets a 3 point allowance that means BYU is really a 4 point to 7 point favorite.

    The more you know.....

  • Funny/witty screen name Orem, UT
    Aug. 26, 2013 2:27 p.m.

    I'f im not mistaken BYU was the underdog playing Washington St. last year and we all know how well they turned out. It doesn't matter what anyone says until the game is played. No one knows whats going to happen in the first few games. The cougs have been underdogs in plenty of games, they usually play better that way anyways.

    Bring on Virginia, Go Cougs

  • Tilka PORTLAND, OR
    Aug. 26, 2013 12:58 p.m.

    Cougar Claws, Anae not the offensive coordinator at Arizona, he was the line coach or something like that.

    I'm a big cougar fan but chuckle when I see some of these posts. BYU is an underdog at Virginia at Vegas.

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 25, 2013 9:53 p.m.

    @Cougar Claws
    "Ever heard of Arizona? They're a school that put up 34 points against Utah last season. Robert Anae was their offensive coordinator."

    Not quite, Anae was the OL Coach and the Run Game Coordinator at Arizona, not the Offensive Coordinator.

    I've seen improvement at several positions over last season or at the very least a nice job of reloading by new players and coaches. The one area that still makes my stomach queasy is the O-Line. For the most part it's the same cast of characters who couldn't get the job done last year. Especially concerning is the right side of the OL with Stringham and Yeck. IIRC, wasn't Stringham the guy who whiffed on the block in the failed 2 pt conversion attempt in the Boise St game that cost us the game?

    Until I actually get to see the OL on the field my enthusiasm is somewhat tempered. I hope they really have improved, I guess we'll get a glimpse into that on Saturday.

  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    Aug. 25, 2013 9:38 p.m.

    Koloss - Arizona had a good offense because of Matt Scott and Rich Rod, but I'm sure Anae learned a few things while there. The point is that he has grown and improved since is first go-round at BYU. Additionally, I monitor football news pretty closely and I'm not aware of Bronco making Anae a scapegoat. He simply requested that all assistants reapply for their position - operative word there being "all." Anae chose not to and went to Arizona.

  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    Aug. 25, 2013 8:42 p.m.

    Rich Rodriguez has an innovative offensive mind but it was Matt Scott that made UAz so good.

    RR is ethically dubious & will flame out like Mike Leach (Anae's boss @ Texas Tech).

    I'd personally go old school like say Dennis Erickson. The trick there is; Can Dennis successfully hybridize the Joe Gibbs Redskins philosophy with the zone read?

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Aug. 25, 2013 8:29 p.m.

    re: metamoracoug

    If Oregon (under Chip Kelly) took 10 to 13 seconds on the play clock; there is no way byu runs a play every 8 to 12 seconds. Y U ask?

    1) Its the 1st season no way a transformation like that happens overnight
    2) Bronco prefers the Rex Ryan method (ground and pound) then let the D take control.

    re: Adirondack Cougar

    Good point. Oregon (not the Irish) would have played Bama last season had the P12 officials not slowed down the pace for Stanford.

  • Koloss Hampton, VA
    Aug. 25, 2013 7:04 p.m.

    Rich Rodriguez was the reason Arizona had such a good offense last season not Robert Anae. I'm surprised he came back after Bronco made him a scape goat just a few years ago.

  • Adirondack Cougar Queensbury, NY
    Aug. 25, 2013 5:34 p.m.

    Anyone concerned that we will always be using the other team's conference officials? I don't believe they will let us play as fast as we would like. The refs can control the tempo along with fake injuries. I hope we can do what coach Anae has planned because it will make a difference, especially at home in the fourth quarter with teams like Texas.

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    Aug. 25, 2013 5:22 p.m.

    Virginia is going to be an interesting test to start off the year with the climate and how far away from Utah it is. I feel confident that BYU is prepared on both sides of the ball and hope we don't see many field goal attempts.

    I do expect the defense to be the key factor in the game. The QB has been out of action for a year for Virginia and the Cougar defense should be able to hurry him when he throws. I can't wait for the season to begin!

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 25, 2013 2:59 p.m.

    Cougar Claws

    "Ever heard of Arizona? They're a school that put up 34 points against Utah last season. Robert Anae was their offensive coordinator." Your promotion of Bob A. at Arizona would be news to Rodriguez.

    "If you don't want to stay on topic please don't post off topic blather.
    Thank you."

    Well, this board has it's marching orders. What do you expect here, SLCWatch...a salute?

  • 2BCSWINS West of I15, UT
    Aug. 25, 2013 2:37 p.m.

    @Idablu..."Utah won 5 games. Does that mean most Big Sky teams would beat Utah also?"

    Maybe so but hopefully not true for your teams sake though becasue that would mean big sky teams would not just beat but dominate the cougies.

  • BYU sports on TV in Missouri Lebanon, MO
    Aug. 25, 2013 2:18 p.m.

    6 days and counting... I am ready to watch some Football!!!! Seems like for the first time in several years, everyone is on board with the coaches and on the same page when it comes to strategy. Looking forward to cheering on the cougars!!!

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    Aug. 25, 2013 2:00 p.m.

    Pendergast: the primary difference is pace. The goal is one play every 8-12 seconds with the intent of preventing the defense from regrouping.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Aug. 25, 2013 12:33 p.m.

    Biggest change, of course, will be the tempo. Hurry-up, no huddle.
    It will still be basically a spread minus the huge gaps as you pointed out.
    But it will include zone read option for the QB.
    It will be the same offense as Oregon (and Arizona). Chip Kelly was trained by the same guy who trained Anae. Oregon has been at the top in the nation with this offense for several years.
    Don't get me wrong. I was one of the fans who said "good riddance" when Anae left, and wasn't real happy about his return. However I am willing to wait and see how this works out. Except for the question mark of the offensive line, I think he has the horses to pull it off. I am willing to give Anae a chance.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Aug. 25, 2013 12:10 p.m.

    Re: Pendergast

    Ever heard of Arizona? They're a school that put up 34 points against Utah last season. Robert Anae was their offensive coordinator. Also, he coached some running back named Kadeem Cary last year who was an All-American and the leading rusher in the Pac-12. He also worked under Rich Rodriguez who is one of the best offensive minds in the country.

    So yeah, he's learned a thing or two. That's how things will be different.

  • Pendergast Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 25, 2013 11:48 a.m.

    to idablu

    How exactly will it be different? Losing the ridiculous gaps in the OL that Anae picked up at Texas Tech doesn't count.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Aug. 25, 2013 11:24 a.m.


    "How is it a new offensive attack when this is Anae's 2nd tour of duty in Provo?"

    Well,... because it is.

    An OC is not allowed to change his offensive strategy?

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 25, 2013 11:02 a.m.

    Can't wait. This will be another great offense from the school that invented great offense.

  • Pendergast Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 25, 2013 10:57 a.m.

    How is it a new offensive attack when this is Anae's 2nd tour of duty in Provo?

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 25, 2013 10:04 a.m.

    Actually they won four games Jenny. But importantly they changed a lot of coaches and have been emphsising changing the culture of the team. Some of the names they have brought in are not wimps in the coaching ranks either. Steve Fairchild is a 31 year veteran coach that the Cougars have had difficulty with in the past. He coached at San Diego State when they had Marshall Faulk, He coached CSU to WAC and Mountain West titles
    He turned New Mexico's offense around. He coached in the pro's with Buffulo Bills and St. louis Rams. O'Brian is a new assistant Head coach and was the Coach who turned Boston College around and beat BYU twice. Coach Tenuta is another assitant Head coach and he has a prestigous record for turning around teams defenses including Ohio State, Notre Dame, SMU and most recently NC State.
    This isn't going to be a patsy team.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Aug. 25, 2013 9:50 a.m.


    Your logic is astounding.
    Actually Virginia won 4 games last year, including a win against Miami.
    Utah won 5 games. Does that mean most Big Sky teams would beat Utah also?

  • JoeCoug OREM, UT
    Aug. 25, 2013 6:25 a.m.

    SLCWatch: Loved your posts... Matthews is not a tight end, he's a wideout. Great speed, hands, size and runs routs with precision. He's pretty skinny, so hopefully he'll absorb hits without injury. I'm quite giddy, and hope Hill goes to him often.

  • BigCougFan Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 25, 2013 5:27 a.m.

    I'm looking forward to the season... Thank goodness it's finally here and beginning.


  • Jenny83 Logan, UT
    Aug. 25, 2013 12:34 a.m.

    Wow... Virginia won 3 games last year...That sounds like a very hard task. Most Big Sky teams could beat them..

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 24, 2013 11:23 p.m.

    I missed the side bar about Mitch Matthews the first time I read this. I really hope Anae has brought the tight end back into the priorty plays. BYU has always been strongest when they have a strong threat at the tight end.
    Virginia is concentrating on tackling which is always an important skill set. BYU can counter that with powerful tightends and mismatches with fast shifty small receivers that can escape the Linebacker looking for the big tight ends. Mix it up Cougars.

    One week. Focus on the topic at hand...Virginia, nothing else.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 24, 2013 11:06 p.m.

    The team has accepted the challenge given by Coach Anae and they have put in the effort and intensity to bring the up tempo no huddle offense to BYU. Implementing any radical change in offense is challenging. Having watched the spring scrimmage and the fall previews I have confidence that we will see a big difference from last year's offense.
    Will it be enough for an up scaled schedule? Let's stop the talk and just enjoy the season.
    No, We don't want to hear any more about the aspirations of foes for game 2, 3 or even 4.
    Now we want to just prepare for the next game which is Virginia.
    No, we don't think your boasts or fantasies are on topic, Virginia is the topic.
    Now we focus on BYU's offense and defense, or Virginia's and not future foes.
    If you don't want to stay on topic please don't post off topic blather.
    Thank you.