Chris B,Please remind us all how long ago was the last time Coach Erickson
was a coach on a undefeated college football team!!! Using your own logic,
Utah's two undefeated teams were not in a big boy conference at the time so
it was against inferior competition so they do not count!!!
@backpacnI think you might be on to something there.
@pocy"Whit has said over and again that a coach's primary
responsibility is recruiting."If true that certainly explains a
lot about the last two seasons.
Erickson must truly be desperate to go from head coach to offensive coordinator
to position coach for a conference bottom dweller.Maybe he's
hoping if the Utes finish with another losing season, Chris Hill will let him
take over after Kyle is shown the door.
Jeff29, it really is not that uncommon of a thing for a coach who played an
entirely different position to coach QBs at some point. Cal's QB coach
played RB at Murray State. Oregon State's QB coach played WR at Columbia
and Princeton. Anyway, I'm not saying this to defend A Rod or
say that he will be successful at the position. He's a nice guy and an
asset to recruiting, but I've never been crazy about his coaching ability.
JeffIf a decision truly comes down to "your position coach
played your same position" then I guess I have to concede that point, but I
have been following recruiting now for about 7 years. I have literally read
100s of interviews with recruits, and never have I heard one cite that as a
reason why they would or wouldn't choose a program. Most of these guys
switch position coaches during their college careers anyway.Whit has
said over and again that a coach's primary responsibility is recruiting.
Roderick, from all reports is a solid recruiter, and has been around football
for a long time. It is such a tertiary issue, it is essentially a
non-issue.Now, winning is a real issue. Utah really needs to win
this year, and I think they will.
@pocyUteI'm not saying it doesn't happen, but if
you're a recruit would you want to be coached by a former QB or a former
WR? Who is better prepared to help you with your form and technique, reading
defenses, game management, etc., etc., etc? Ya, my position coach in college
didn't play the position he coached, but, then again, I wasn't a
QB.And being a QB in the PAC 12 in 2014... I'd say it's
pretty close to rocket science.
Yes, Roderick is the QB coach. He coached QBs at SUU, so this isn't his
first run at the job.Second, The winningest QB in Utah history,
Brian Johnson was coached by Andy Ludwig, who was, you guessed it, a receiver in
college.So I randomly checked some coaching staff's QB
coachesOhio State: Tom Herman-wide receiver at California Lutheran
UniversityAlabama: Lane Kiffin-QB at Fresno state, but did you know
he hasn't coached QBs at the college level until this year, and at USC he
was the TE and WR coach. Wow, how could he coach those positions without
having played them.Scott Frost: Oregon: yes he was a QB, but first
coached WR at Oregon.Seriously, this isn't rocket science.
Did I miss something? Roderick is the QB coach? I remember him being pretty
good at catching the ball, but I don't remember him spending much time
behind center. If I'm not mistaken, there was a guy they called Sark doing
that...I can hear it now: "Attention all quarterbacks come to
the University of Utah where you will enjoy the tutelage of a decent receiver
from a mid-major college that we constantly claim to be inferior in every way.
But seriously, you should come, he can totally help you get to the NFL."
Dennis must be an OK guy to suffer this much abuse.By December
he'll be gone along with Whit and the rest of them. Going bowl-less a
third season is not going to bode well on the hill.Hope and
change... Hope and change, etc.
redthunder:"Erickson wouldn't still be at Utah if he
wasn't okay with the switch to RB coach."I agree. I just
wished that Whittingham had put HIM in charge of the QBs, rather than Roderick.
Roderick was a WR is college, and the WRs coach for the past 9-yrs. And with
all that "WR" experience, he still wasn't a very good position
coach. And NOW he's coaching the most important position on the field?Erickson should have moved to QB coach, and somebody else should have
been brought into coach RBs.
"but he is a "has been". Although better than a "never was",
anyone who thinks that past success guarantees future excellence should take a
few moments to study the law of diminishing returns." You must
of had anae on the brain. I think Gionni Paul would beg to differ with you.
I'll go with his opinion. Anyway, I'm glad you got that off your mind.
Feel better? I think Dennis would like nothing better than to beat asu. Looking
forward to the Utes visit to tempe.
@Cougar Sundevilanyone who thinks that past success guarantees future
excellence should take a few moments to study the law of diminishing returnsKind of like Robert Anae? And...Erickson wasn't an offensive
coordinator at ASU...a lot of really bad head coaches make good coordinators.
Take Bronco Mendenhall for example.
I would hope with all of the old OC's, the new OC, and the many position
coaches they have that the UTE's can put together a solid season. But in
the conference that they are in I just don't see it. I am betting we see a
new HC,OC, and DC at Utah by December. I hope not, but I think the writing is on
the wall for Coach Whitt. Good man, just a little over his head. Be a great
defensive coordinator somewhere.
This year is looking pretty good at this point. With Gionni Paul's go
get'em enthusiasm and leadership, and Coach Christensen's no non-sense
"Do it now and do it right" attitude. This will give us a good offense
and we already have a great defense, so, I feel that we will compete with
everyone on the schedule and beat most of them.If the Utes aren't in
the running for top spot in the conference this year, I think Whitt will be gone
after this season.
One things fer sure, we us byu fans know what's best for Dennis Erickson,
he just needs to ask us.
"A coach of his caliber could easily find an OC gig at a big time school if
that's what he really wanted."No he wouldn't. I'm
not going to respond to any further discussion about Erickson, but he is a
"has been". Although better than a "never was", anyone who
thinks that past success guarantees future excellence should take a few moments
to study the law of diminishing returns. Erickson was good in his day. Today,
I'm glad he's not with ASU.
Chris B,Come on man, really. If you think we are going undefeated in
Coach Whits tenure here you are more foolish than I think you are. You are
entitled to your opinion as much as I am entitled to mine, but just because some
of us don't think everything is all roses at the U doesn't mean we
don't care the state of Utah football. Coach Whit is probably doing his
best, but that doesn't mean it is good enough. Please try not to be so
"cougarish" with your comments
Looking forward to September. Optimistic about the changes on the staff and in
player personnel.Can't wait to see some of the new players on the
field, like Kendal and Gionni.The entirety of Sammyg's and Ed
Grady's comments for the last 4 years, redacted: "We're jealously
preoccupied with the program on the hill."
Erickson wouldn't still be at Utah if he wasn't okay with the switch
to RB coach. A coach of his caliber could easily find an OC gig at a big time
school if that's what he really wanted. The man is old, he was just pulled
out of retirement, he's getting paid the same as an offensive coordinator
but only doing a fraction of the work. He loves being around the sport and the
athletes. To me it sounds like a pretty sweet hook up!
sammygSpringville, UTClearly, you don't know what
"redacted" means. Ed GradyIdaho Falls, ID"I feel bad for Erickson...He deserves something better than
K-Whitt's disrespect."Who are you to say? DE appears to be
very content with his role and he is obviously instrumental in bringing in
talent from SEC country. But, I guess you know more about him than he does.
I feel bad for Erickson. I saw him break into coaching at Idaho. He deserves
something better than K-Whitt's disrespect.
Most teams don't have any coaches that have taken their teams to undefeated
seasons and national glory.We have two(Whit and Erickson)And they'll do so again. Ya, Whit struggled with the hardest schedule
in the entire nation. Florida State and Auburn wouldn't have ended in the
national title game if they had played our schedule. The future is bright for
Ute football, we just need to get over these tough years acclimating to playing
with the big boys and not the nobodies week after weekGo UTESProud Whit supporterProud UteProud Pac 12 member
Dennis said, “It’s Coach Christensen’s offense and he’s
the offensive coordinator...”The redacted part… “I really don’t know what’s going on around here,
never a dull moment as always and he’s the guy in the hot seat… not
me! I have another year or two left in me, the money is OK and…“I just like being around the players and coaches and being here trying
to help win football games,”