BYU football: Cougar offense looking for more points, passing production in 2014

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  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    March 3, 2014 11:27 p.m.

    First Bronco said the defensive coaches didn't realize the defense would be on the field as much as they were. Then he said they knew it but they need to optimize that. He apparently they knew it but didn't realize it would be such a problem. He says they but shouldn't he mean we, because he is the defensive coordinator in addition to being head coach. Appears to me that he did not do his homework. He may have thought the defense could handle the extra time on the field. Will be interesting to see what happens this year. Maybe with the offense better this year they will be on the field longer on each offensive possession. Let's hope so. Go Cougars!

  • BlackDiamond Provo, UT
    March 3, 2014 3:19 p.m.

    54 is cute, let us not forget the 70 that Ty smacked on the Utes, I remember that as if it was yesterday.

  • Voodohound99 Provo, UT
    March 3, 2014 2:46 p.m.

    LouisD, Don't you think that time on the field (Fatigue) could be one of those variables that influences the outcome of the defensive stats? It's one of those subjective, un-measurable variables the influence the outcome. You can't look at just the stats and make an assert that the defense is worse. You need to consider the variable components that drive the outcomes.

    But I would still agree that the 2013 defense was not as good as the 2012 defense.

  • Reno Cougs Fan 68 Reno, NV
    March 3, 2014 2:14 p.m.

    2013 Ute Seniors,
    Nobody knows how a certain team will do from season to season that is why they play the games! The teams you listed could have down years again or go undefeated or something in between and the same could be said for Utah's schedule this coming year!!! Idaho State might even pull a SW Baptist and knock off the Utes at home!!! The Utes had a much better record in basketball this year but against a very weak OOC schedule!!! At least we BYU fans are willing to accept Utah as a rival!!! The two schools are cut from the same bolt of cloth!!! Congrats on beating CU! The PAC12 tourney will be interesting to watch!!!

    Go Cougs!!! Rise Up!!!

  • 2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0 Ogden, UT
    March 3, 2014 12:54 p.m.

    So the only power conference opponents you play all season are Texas(good), Cal(dead last in pac 12) and Virginia(dead last in ACC and had ZERO division 1 wins all season other than against byu).

    That schedule isn't just bad - its horrible.

    Its worse than Utah's basketball schedule is that's for sure.

    As for scoring more points, you guys really should implement some sort of go fast go hard offense.

    Oh, you already did?


  • labman Pocatello, ID
    March 3, 2014 12:36 p.m.

    I want to see an offense that keeps the defense guessing. will they run it for 10-20 yrds or will they pass it fo 10-20 yards. good offenses do whatever the defense isn't expecting and that's when you can score, even with less talent. stack the box, we will throw if for first downs. play back and will be run it for a first down. guess wrong, and we will score. If you have less speed/talent, you must have superior play choosing and calling.

  • LouisD Las Vegas, NV
    March 3, 2014 11:18 a.m.


    2012 SEASON: BYU's Defense was on the field for 28.03 Minutes per game in 2012 (364.39 total minutes for the 2012 Season. That defense gave up only 182 points (14.00/Game) and 3,459 Total Yards (266.08 YPG).
    Critical Ratios: DPPM = .49946; DYPM = 9.49257

    2013 SEASON: BYU's Defense was on the field for 32.13 Minutes per game in 2013 (417.56 total minutes for the 2013 Season. That defense gave up only 263 points (20.23/Game) and 4,925 Total Yards (378.85 YPG).
    Critical Ratios: DPPM = .62985; DYPM = 11.79471

    DELTA: BYU played 53.30 more defensive minutes and less offensive minutes between 2012 and 2013. Had the defense been AS EFFICIENT as the 2012 Defense, it Would have produced very similar critical ratios post analysis. However, that was not the case.

    Critical Ratio Comparison: DPPM 2013= 26.10619% HIGHER. (+.13039); and DYPM = 24.25202% HIGHER

    BYU was considerably less efficient Defensively in 2013 vs 2012 in ways NOT proportionate to more time spent OTF. Bronco's DEFENSE was just AVERAGE last year and you can't blame the GHGF OFFENSE for that drop off. STATS DON'T LIE! The DEFENSE was softer in 2013.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    March 3, 2014 10:56 a.m.

    Well, one weak team BYU won't play is Utah. They would have done nothing for BYUs SOS, win or lose.

  • Ken Lee Pasadena, CA
    March 3, 2014 10:48 a.m.

    54-10 is still basking in the programs best win in history…hence his nick name, of course. And focusing on our "pathetically weak schedule" is code for the only thing he has to think about for the team on the hill….not many wins for them, but a good conference schedule….of losses. He'll soon be crowing about the upside of the "new coach" that will be installed after a third straight losing season. Cash the check from the PAC12, you will never have a ranked team again and rarely, if ever, have a bowl game to look forward to watching….oh well, the Y will keep you focused on schedule comparisons…this is priceless.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 3, 2014 10:03 a.m.

    Looking at the 2014 pathetically weak schedule, the offense will appear to be much better.

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    March 3, 2014 8:05 a.m.

    BYU should improve its efficiency this year with fewer defensive teams on the schedule this year. I hope we see the tight ends used a bit more for those short yardage needs. Not using all the tools available really limited what the team could do once in the red zone.

    I don't see why BYU doesn't rotate more 'packages' based on series for defense with the increased plays. Doing so early (if they have depth) would keep the players from getting winded.

  • mindgames Aurora, CO
    March 2, 2014 6:58 p.m.


    Love the info about what's happening with the football team. Secondary will be stronger with the return of the last years group and the return of the injured.

    Let's hope the incoming recruits and the linebackers we currently have will be able to keep up the tradition we have established.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    March 2, 2014 6:23 p.m.

    “We ran a lot more plays, and it put our defense on the field a lot more,” Holmoe said. “So both our offensive and defensive staffs are studying that now, and researching it, and asking, what does it mean? They didn’t realize our defense was going to be on the field that much more. I think they knew about it, but they are trying to see how to optimize that.”

    Well, I am a fan of "go fast, go hard", but if your execution and play-calling leads to 3-and-outs then you are hurting yourself more than you are helping. "Go fast, go hard" is great, as long as you are scoring points. The goal is to put points on the board as fast as possible, not to give the other team's offense the ball as fast as possible.