BYU football: Cougar coaches satisfied with team's progress at end of spring camp

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  • plyxply SLC, UT
    April 9, 2014 8:19 a.m.

    It seems to me that the BYU coaches are always pleased and satisfied with the teams progress yet they can't seem to beat good teams, or very rarely.
    BYU is walking on thin ice this year, with no backup at qb they will be in "Riley" kind of trouble if Hill goes down. Scary thought. Of course with the DII schedule they won't lose all of their games, but it is still not a very comforting thought that there is no backup qb.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 7, 2014 12:01 p.m.


    "Under Anae and Doman we havn't had a QB that can throw the rock,"

    Except that Anae put both the qb's he coached (Beck and Hall) into the NFL. They could both "throw the rock".

    "the tight ends have become almost non-existent."

    Except that Anae put 2 TE's into the NFL.

    "they rarely get the ball to backs out of the backfield"

    Except that when Anae had his first go aorund the backs caught a ton of psses.

    Anae has been back one year but in his first stint at BYU none of the things you claimed were true, none of them. Now he is obviously trying to change the offense from what we saw his first time here but in order for anyone to take your point seriously you have to actually be correct in your claims which you were not.

  • dww722 North Salt Lake, UT
    April 6, 2014 9:50 a.m.

    I don't understand why it seems so hard for coaches to see what it takes for BYU offensive football to be successful. The formula is spelled out in color on hundreds of game films since 1976. Smart, talented QB that can THROW the ball, Strong O-line, Backs that can run, catch and block, a tight end that can catch a ball anywhere and run like the wind, not neccessarily fast wideouts and an immaginative OC that knows how to call a game and make adjustments.

    Under Anae and Doman we havn't had a QB that can throw the rock, Offensive lines have been offensive to say the least, they rarely get the ball to backs out of the backfield and the tight ends have become almost non-existent. To top it off, our OC's have been less than visionary and make elementary mistakes in game management. If nothing changes, nothing changes.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    April 6, 2014 2:47 a.m.

    The key is going to be Hill... How much progress has he made so far this off season and how much effort will he make over the next 5 months... Will he learn to stay in the pocket long enough this year to check off through his receivers? Or will he tuck and run prematurely 15 or 20 times a game...

    No question that the offensive line needs to be stronger, meaner and more athletic... But Hill needs to develop his skill base and try to acquire the accuracy of Nielsen and Wilson,the patience of Bosco and Detmer, the Judgement of Young and the confidence of McMahon... If he can do that then the 2014 and 2015 seasons will be special for all of us and Hill's future will have been secured and it will be a very exciting ride for both he and Ms Emily over the next several years.

  • deductive reasoning Arlington, VA
    April 6, 2014 12:00 a.m.

    eastcoastcoug has always been a glass is half empty, and the water is kinda stale, and the glass is dirty kinda guy.

    My opinion is Taysom will have much better protection this season, which will result in much more accurate passing to a much deeper receiving corp - bottom line, BYU will have a much improved offense this coming season.

  • bigirish OREM, UT
    April 5, 2014 11:45 p.m.

    I don't know, "satisfied" doesn't sound that positive. But I guess for us fans, they can't say much more or the players will get complacent. It's always a fine line between that and exuberant. I wish the team was more like a machine which ypu knew was going to come out and not miss a beat. I know it's early, but I don't like to hear that the offense should be good because we have so-and-so coming back. I'd like to know these returners aren't cruising but are going to step it up and take it serious, especially those first games, so we don't flail like VA or UT. Stay in shape mentally guys and know you've got to test yourselves in this offseason, taking nothing for granted. With the talent we had last year, we should have been way better, but too many mistakes and lapses. Hope we can really, really learn from all that!

  • Sampson Hurricane, UT
    April 5, 2014 3:54 p.m.

    Glad to hear that the coaches are pleased to see the progress of the team. It reflects that they believe they are on course to achieve their goals. Progress is made when teams meet or exceed short-term goals. Hopefully, they will be ready at fall camp.

  • islandboy Honolulu, HI
    April 5, 2014 3:37 p.m.

    I agree with Osgrath. Give it some time and we shall see. Got to have some faith man. Let's go blue!

  • SalemCoug Salem, OR
    April 5, 2014 12:27 p.m.

    If our offensive lines stays healthy and gives Taysom better protection, and with the influx of fast and talented receivers, I think we will throw the long ball and connect more often. That will open things up underneath for passes to the tightends and running backs. If all that happens we win 10 or 11 games and Taysom makes Heisman lists to start his senior year. Go Cougs!

  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    April 5, 2014 12:07 p.m.

    If I shared EastCoastCoug's opinions I think I would quit being a fan - as my father did back in the 1970s out of discouragement and pessimism. Being a fan means to not be realistic. If you can take the tragedy, you can't enjoy the glory.

  • Stop The Nonsense El Paso, TX
    April 5, 2014 10:54 a.m.

    Sometimes I wonder if it would be better to see the headline: "Cougar coaches NOT satisfied with team's progress at end of Spring Camp." If we're not at an elite level, they shouldn't be satisfied, right?

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    April 5, 2014 9:51 a.m.

    Darren Rowe
    Heber City, UT

    "The glass is half full."

    Danbury, CT

    "The glass is half empty. And the water is kinda stale. And the glass is dirty."

    Darren, I like your perspective better.

  • Darren Rowe Heber City, UT
    April 5, 2014 9:37 a.m.

    I think the offense is almost bound to improve, assuming we stay relatively healthy. We bring back Taysom, all of our running backs (except Alisa, but he was hurt most of last year anyway), almost all OL players along with a few nice additions, and a much more talented WR group. Assuming the wideouts can match the potential and talent they have, I really don't see any other position getting worse considering almost everyone is returning.

    As for the defense, I don't think we are guaranteed to get better. I could easily see us being a better defense, but I could realistically see us taking a step back as well. There are a lot of replacements to make, so the D has work to do to replace them. However, the one thing I am very confident in is that we will still be solid. That's something we can always count on from the defense.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    April 5, 2014 6:06 a.m.

    "There were plenty of reminders..." like our record last season in games we should have won?? I'm just not a fan of Anae. There have to be better OC's out there than this guy and his predecessor, who had never coached an Offense before. Anae is overly defensive and fails to get the best performance out of his kids. He also is a horrible play-caller.

    Hope springs eternal every Spring for BYU football. By the first couple of weeks in September, we are already looking ahead to "next year". I think our Defense is good. But until we get a decent OC, this team will struggle to be anything more than mediocre.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    April 5, 2014 5:49 a.m.

    I agree. You can't really tell what any team is like until the first game is under their belts.

    Congratulations to Taysom Hill and Emily Nixon on their upcoming wedding April 12th!

    Go Cougars!