Dick Harmon: Why BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall has spent the offseason with his offensive line

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  • Utefan4Lyf West Jordan, UT
    July 3, 2014 1:07 p.m.

    Normally I keep my mouth shut on articles about BYU, but I have to tell you, you really need to watch the replay on that final deep pass. Our DB was absolutely pulled down with your player in an attempt to obtain a PI call.
    And if you are very interested, the ESPN commentators agreed with UPac about Utah controlling the game for the most part. They said it on air.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    July 3, 2014 10:49 a.m.

    BYU has 0-1 star players on defense? BAHAHAHA! I know u think you're a BYU expert but that's hilarious! Warner, Hinds, Fua, Pikula, Bills, Kafusi, etc are all 0-1 star players? Lol! Whatever helps you sleep at night sir. Add to that the Nebraska transfer, Jackson, at safety, along with two very fast and talented CBs in Johnson & Trammel? It's obvious that delusions of BYUs "lack of talent" are right up there with the delusions of grandeur on the hill! Cheers!

  • Old But Not Stupid Moorpark, CA
    July 2, 2014 4:49 p.m.


    "BYU does not possess the talent to EVER go undefeated ever again."

    Implicit in your put-down is that Utah possesses the talent to some day go undefeated? You're kidding, right?

    The Utes will NEVER win the PAC-12 and, therefore, will NEVER be invited to the new "final four" scheme for becoming a National Champion.

    Perhaps you should take your own counsel as stated: "You had better look at some reality my friend."

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    July 2, 2014 4:42 p.m.


    Keep telling yourself that BYU's D players are 1 and 0 star talent up until BYU plays you again in 2016. Your team will be so out-maned and out-played you are going to be surprised, humbled, and very much silent on the BYU boards directly after the game. Thank you for posting. Cheers

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    July 2, 2014 2:56 p.m.

    @from but not of
    "Just thinking, if the offensive line were to hold hands, take a knee and sprint to the line of scrimmage on every play too.."

    ...then maybe by the end of the season they might finally get into shape?

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    July 2, 2014 2:54 p.m.

    Speaking of getting some reality.....I too thought it was pretty funny that you included your team in with the better teams on our schedule like ND, Wisconsin, and UDub. Lol.....ohhhh that brought tears to my eyes. You have nothing in common with those teams (except you happen to be in the opposite half of the conference with one of them). Actually the utes are mentioned more often with Virginia in regards to last year's schedule, a game that resulted in an upset loss to a perennial bottom feeder.

    Winning by 7 pts while getting out played in total yards, 1st downs, and enjoying the benefit of your refs throwing a yellow flag on a phantom hold call to negate a Kickoff return for a TD and then NOT throwing a flag late in the game on a deep pass down the sideline when your DB clearly pulled the WR out of bounds doesn't amount to a dominant effort. That falls into the realm of getting lucky and barely holding on and then needing the help of extra guys on the field.

  • from but not of Lindon, UT
    July 2, 2014 2:48 p.m.

    Just thinking, if the offensive line were to hold hands, take a knee and sprint to the line of scrimmage on every play too..

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    July 2, 2014 2:39 p.m.

    If he can get them to be a little less RM-ish and a little more Biker Gang-ish I'll be happy.

  • holy moly Herrmian, UT
    July 2, 2014 1:48 p.m.

    I have always felt the O-Line dictates how well a team does. If you have a good O-Line, your quarterback/runningbacks/receivers and waterboys can be as good as a ketchup bottle and they still perform well. A bad O-Line and even the best teams struggle.

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    July 2, 2014 1:25 p.m.

    Utah dominated BYU last year? What game were you watching? Winning the game by a touchdown is not the same as dominating.

    Total offensive yards: BYU 443, UU 402. First downs: BYU 24, UU 16. A bad offensive line which killed drives by allowing 5 sacks on Taysom, and an interception were the difference in the game, not some imaginary dominance by the Utah offense. It's comical that you throw Utah in with Notre Dame and Wisconsin.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    July 2, 2014 1:19 p.m.


    Thank you for taking the time to respond to my comment.

    I can see from the location under your screen name you're from Texas.

    Ya'all should look at the schedule.

    If BYU fails to go undefeated, it will only happen because Taysom did not play due to injury.

    Hope that hep's ya'all.


    You mentioned something about reality in your rejoinder to my original comment.

    Please say hello to Louie G., Ric P. and Ted C. all reality based Texas Republicans.

    Yee haw.

  • fan in orem Orem, UT
    July 2, 2014 12:50 p.m.

    Fortunately, U-PAC doesn't know what she is talking about. This is the deepest defense we have had in many years. We have had individual players better than this year's players, but as a whole, this could be one of the best defenses we have ever had. Cheers.

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    July 2, 2014 11:39 a.m.

    This is the best news I've heard so far in the offseason. The O-lines of BYU teams of yore had a swagger and nastiness to them that was palpable and known, and it has been missing for years.

    The cliche is football is won and lost on the line, and as often as not, what yields the line of scrimmage is will. I played defensive end and outside linebacker under Gary Barnett, and he knew this and coached this. Our defensive linemen prided themselves on dominating the "bigger, slower, dumber" linemen across from them. The games where the opponents' O-line wouldn't bend to our will & they were the ones pushing us around and "out-nastying" us were the most frustrating games, win or lose. If the O-line can get in the heads of the guys across from them early, that can have a material impact on the game. We saw them do it to us in the Wisconsin game last year.

    I hope Bronco has been successful in grafting in that "nasty" to our centers, guards, and tackles. It will be evident in the game against Texas.

  • Pearl.94 Riverton, UT
    July 2, 2014 11:29 a.m.

    When you try to have the nicest, cleanest, most well-behaved, most spiritual guys off the field, how do you train them to play with high levels of ferocity and aggressiveness on the field?

    That is why Bronco's job is so challenging.

    I'm a huge fan of having choir boys off the field but on the grid iron and on the basketball court BYU needs more aggressive jerks.

  • Eddie Would Go FPO, AE
    July 2, 2014 11:09 a.m.

    So let me get this straight. Coach Mendenhall has a fireside for his team on Friday night, and then on Saturday wants them "on the edge of playing withing the rules because they are so aggressive?"

    "Mendenhall said you often hear or read about the most successful teams in the country being the most penalized."


  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    July 2, 2014 9:58 a.m.

    If Taysom stays healthy, BYU goes undefeated given the 2014 schedule.

    As BYU moves to a more difficult schedule, the ideas highlighted by Dick as explained by Bronco should help BYU remain competitive as the schedule is upgraded.

  • loganma1 Orem, UT
    July 2, 2014 9:40 a.m.

    Sadly people think winning football games is easy. Just do this or that and all will be well. Remember the other team is trying to win, as well. More often than not it comes down to who has the better athletes. I hope BYU has recruited well. If so, then last years' experience will reap a great harvest.

  • oddman ,
    July 2, 2014 8:34 a.m.

    I get excited every year and that's the way it should be. Can't imagine it being any other way. Of course, you seldom meet all your expectations and planning, but that's why we have 2nd and 3rd and 4th tier players. Somebody is going to get injured, someone is going to let down, occasionally mentally, but if the team wasn't striving to become better in all aspects, then why play the game? That's simply my attitude in life.

  • Common-Tator Saint Paul, MN
    July 2, 2014 7:34 a.m.

    Hopefully the added time spent with the offense doesn't mean a let down on the other side of the ball. Stay intense on both sides!

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    July 2, 2014 12:30 a.m.

    Maybe it is good for the offense to understand why defenses do what they do, but I like the mind set of my old high school football coach, who had played pro ball for Green Bay. He said that the offense should force the defense to stop them. When an offense gets into the thinking game by trying to "understand" why the defense is doing what they are doing, then the defense they are playing against has the upper hand right from the start.

  • Floyd Johnson Broken Arrow, OK
    July 1, 2014 11:32 p.m.

    Just had a flash back of Roger French telling the O-line to jump rope faster during practice.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    July 1, 2014 8:35 p.m.

    I think this is the story we get every year except the part about the dietary changes. I hope one season we'll see it on the field.