Go Bronco! You will be just fine. The system is just fine. It won't take long
but the naysayers will be scratching their heads saying, "How does he win
so much?"I think it's lost lukewarm fans how many new coaches
are being broken in, including a OC. Let ute fans mock, and Kyle
Whitt take his shots. What you're putting together isn't just for a season, it's
going to last a long, long time.
I'm beginning to thing Bronco is great at getting a lot of hard work out of
players during practice, even maybe teaching them to be better players. He seems
to be able to motivate, which only goes so far, though.HOWEVER, I am
also beginning to think that he's not so good at creating TEAm confidence.
Mis-represented highly thinking of yourselves is one thing, but deep down self
confidence is another.Then again, Bronco could be
right---circumstances.Oddly, in most of those 1-2 starts, didn't BYU
win the first game, and often against good foes? Kind of like Bronco needs too
much time to prepare a team.Maybe THAT's the issue.
This one's easy. The approach all summer was how good the team was going to be,
how great the new young assistant coaches are and how BYU is "3 deep"
at every position. As always, to draw favor with Cougar nation and sell papers
and airtime, the local media bought into how great the team was going to be. To
compound the problem, Bronco gives the team a few days off during training camp
because "we have accomplished what we need to and are ready to go."
The team, composed of young men looking for real leadership from their coaches,
buys into the theory that "this is the best group I have ever coached"
though they wre coming off a 7-6 season and hadn't proven anything. What do you
now get? We see the result. One of these years, expectations will
be kept at a reasonable level and both players and coaches will develop before
Bottomline, Heaps plays without confidence, he plays scared you can't argue with
Bronco is a defensive coordinator, Bronco is not a good Head coach.Good
Head coaches, put the best assistant coaches around them, and good head coaches
take responsibility for the teams performance,Bronc has nothing to do with the
offence, "zero" and points at problem areas, people, never stands up
as the head coach, and takes responsibility for the whole team, Bronco's a
traffic cop, pointing everywhere, except at himself.Broncos defense was
just as bad against the Utes, as the offense was.turnovers are not
responsible for 50-60 yard "3-run plays Utah touchdowns. sure the
ball was intercepted or fumbled, but the Coug's Defense cxould not stop the Utes
run game, in the 2nd half. if anyone has access to the 2 halftime speaches
given by Bronco & Whittingham, It would be fun to compare them. to validate
what actually happened to the close 14-10 halftime score.cause someone
dropped the ball at halftime in the locker room, a real turnover.
I'm one fan who's not optimistic at all after watching last week's fiasco. I
actually threw up and bad taste is still lingering in my mouth. The way I see
it, there are at least 3 more losses in our schedule...to UCF, Utah State, and
TCU, and then possibly two more to Hawaii and Oregon State. I hope they will
prove me wrong because I don't want this nightmare to continue. We
wanted exposure and we got it, except it's not the kind we hoped for. No fan
wants to see their team being humiliated like that on national tv. It was tough
watching that game, very painful to say the least.I hope they can
turn things around this Friday. UCF is no pushover despite one poster referring
to them as an "airport", not a football team.Go Cougs!
And hope you won't quit anymore before the game is over! That was downright
The problem is talent. They have lost two games to better football teams and one
against a worst team. Fans of BYU always enter a season expecting to win every
game. I look at every teams schedule and go game by game. You do that you find
that BYU was going to have an 8 and 4 or 7 and 5 record. Sure you will have
upsets both ways which can change a record slightly, but it will always be
close. Rest of the year should go.Wins against Idaho, Idaho State,
New Mexico State and San Jose State.Losses against TCU AND
Hawaii.Either way UCF, USU and Oregon State. I think they win 2 of
these and lose one. BYU ends year at 7-5. Hope for more because fans should do
that, but don't overreact and want wholesale changes if 7-5 happens. What better
coach is out there than what you have. If you think a change is in order give
some names of Head Coaches or Offensive Coordinator that might come to BYU,
remember Kyle Whittingham said no.
The Cougars need to play angry and not scared. This is the time they step up
and show who they really are. Hopefully they won't put their tails between
their legs like they did last week. Killer instinct guys, killer instinct.
Looking at the Cougars record is a ruse. Of course it improves as the season
goes on that's because the schedule is for the most part garbage after the first
few games of each season. So what will happen is the offense will do a little
better this week, then a little better against the Aggies, then execution will
be flawless against powerhouses like Idaho, Idaho St., San Jose St. and New
Mexico St. All of a sudden Jimmers all star game has taken on more relevance.
To the fan who actually threw up watching the game...SERIOUSLY? Frustrated, yes.
Disappointed, yes. One of the worst games the Y has played, yes. But to throw
up??? I'd recommend a different hobby. While puzzled over the lack of offense,
I'll take a Mendenhall working with a young man like VanNoy, shaping a man vs. a
coach that wins at all costs anyday. I remember in the 70's and 80's when the Y
was cleaning house with their football program and my grandfather who had been a
Y fan for the years previous said that it all goes in cycles. He had seen the Y
in bad years, and he cautioned against getting too smug in the good years. It's
a game, go home and give your kids a hug afterwards, just don't let them see you
throw up (that sends a bad message)!
If Bronco Mendenhall wonders why his team is starting slow, he has only himself
to look at. I saw several coaches calls this season that cost them the game. I
also see a very inexperienced offensive coordinator in Brandon Doman that got
skewered by Norm Chow in our last game. If Bronco decides that he can fire his
entire coaching staff and replace them with people that have had little if any
college experience, he has the right to do so. What he can't control is the
consequences of that decision.
Perhaps the slow starts have something to do with the pre-season hype each year.
Each year we hear about the high octane offense and the possibilities of a NC
run. Looks like players and fans believe that if they dream it then it will
happen. Keep day dreaming cougs and the y will be 1 and 4 again.
This team is not prepared and not properly coached. By the 3rd game of the
season, the center can't snap the ball to the quarterback. This should have
been resolved in August. Some coaches would have these guys snaping the ball
out in the mid day sun for hours and hours until they could get it right. I
guess our plan is to learn the basics during the games. We seem to have
adopted a strategy that requires us to be able to run the ball. Unfortunately,
we seem to have no one who can run the ball. We are suppose to have an
outstanding offensive line, but they struggle with pass blocking and run
blocking. I can only assume they have done their Home Teaching and that is why
they are playing. Football is our number 5 priority...fine...unfortunately, the
folks we play have football as their number one priority.
Back...I agree with your comments except for the part about shaping young men.
They are at an age where they should be able to make decisions for themselves.
Bronco is not their parent. He's not their baby sitter. He's not their
physicologist. He's their football coach and he should be doing just that,
coaching football. I think the problem is that Bronco is focused on too many
other things like trying to be too much of a mentor and trying to impact
everyone elses lives by holding pre-game firesides. While that is admirable,
he's not doing enough of what most other coaches in the country are doing and
that is preparing your football team for football. He may list football has his
fifth priority but work/employment is very high on his own list of priorities
and coaching football happens to be his job. Bottom line is he needs to focus
more on that and leave the other church and counselor related duties to
counselors and church leaders.
Carnak is pretty accurate with his comment. The hype I think is a little out of
their control. Des News seems to run with small stories sometimes. But this pre
season we heard about how good the team would be from coaches. You can't take
days off in camp and then come out with this product.Are Cougar fans
frustrated with this trend? It seems like almost the exact same thing happened a
few years ago when they had almost no hitting or live drills during camp. They
got skewered for it when they came out soft. And I thought it was addressed the
following season. Have they fallen back into that rut? I'm not sure what the
practices are like, but is this happening again?The lesson needs to
be learned. Good coaches don't need to be taught the same lesson repeatedly.
"A lot of that, I believe, is early-season scheduling tougher
opponents"Nice excuse. Isn't the point to BEAT
tougher opponents. If it isn't, join the Big Sky.Oklahoma scheduled
the #5 team, and won. Boise State takes on all comers -- and wins.
Laser | 8:18 p.m. Sept. 20, 2011 Iowa City, IA"Let ute
fans mock, and Kyle Whitt take his shots."Exactly what 'shot'
has Kyle Whitt taken?
BYU was successful in the late 70s through the 90s mostly due to the offensive
scheme. They also had some very talented QBs during that run. Football at that
time was run, run, and run. BYU did what at the time was trickery and they did
it well. They would pass and pass until the D blitzed and then run the draw for
30 yards.Todays game is different due to team speed especially in
the receivers and D backs. BYU does not have those players and has ever had
them. Additionally, everyone passes the ball. Defenses know how to stop it.
There are no surprise plays anymore. Execution only gets you so far.What does this mean? You have got to have the athletes to be a top team. BYU
will never have them. They will have nice lineman, tight ends and linebackers
but not the speed guys.Realize what you have. Be happy beating the
easy teams and snagging a victory from a BCS team (Ole Miss) now and then.Go Utes!
Big J,If you think BYU lost Saturday because of lack of
"athleticism" A) You didn't see the seven turnovers,
several of them fumbles without getting hitB) You didn't see the halftime
score -- Utah up 1 point despite several goal line fumbles by BYU.C) You
didn't see the Texas game. If you think Utah is that much more
"athletic" than Texas, you are more deluded than they average BYU or
Utah fan.If you think BYU has "occasional" wins against
BCS teams, they have a winning percentage including wins over Oklahoma, Oregon,
Oregon State, Utah, etc., over the last few years.If you think that
is a racial issue, you are behind the times, my friend. Count the number of
African American and Polynesians on the team (To understand the athleticism of
the Polys, think Holati Ngata, Troy Polamalu or any number of Utes). Jordan
Wynn is hardly an "athlete." Brian Blechen or Eric Weddle or Jordan
Gross aren't exactly "ethnic."It was said of Bear Bryant,
"He can take his'n and beat your'n and take your'n and beat his'n."
The difference Saturday was coaching, my friend, not "athletes." End
Why? Why have we lost 2 games we could have won?No heart.No guts.No killer instinct.Yes, BYU has 'some' of
this, but NOT enough. It wasn't enough to put Texas away in the 2nd half and it
wasn't enough to resist crumbling from Utah's TD drive right before the end of
the 1st half and on into the 2nd half.BYU football, in my opinion,
in the last few years, has gotten soft. They expect to win (good) but when they
get behind they seem to think that they're going to get back on top (and this is
the key) with LITTLE effort. Then, when that little amount of effort fails to
put them ahead, they fall apart.I've watched Cougar football
relatively close since 1979. Teams from LaVell's golden years wanted to rip out
opposing players' hearts. They didn't want to just beat you, they wanted to
destroy you! They played with a chip on their shoulder. Guys like Jim McMahon,
Glenn Kozlowski, Steve Young, Jason Buck, Glenn Red, Leon White, Kurt Gouveia
and Kyle Morrell. THOSE guys played with intensity. Guys like Max Hall and
Austin Collie are now the exception, not the rule.
BTW, my earlier comment about not enough "heart" and "guts",
in my opinion, leads all the way to Bronco at the top. It's not
that Bronco doesn't care about the game. I seriously believe he has LOTS of
heart (ever heard him describe playing at Orgeon State and preparing for years
to beat BYU?, all because he was angry that BYU didn't offer him a scholarship)
but, I do think that Bronco does not COMMUNICATE that intensity well to his
players. Every single time I see him on the sidelines he looks as stone-faced
as LaVell used to be. (How in the world Coach Edwards got his players fired up
to win so many games with that face, I'll never know....) I would hate playing
for him, I think, because he's as hard to read as a blank wall.They
say that 80% of communication is non-verbal. How about some yelling? How about
some clapping? How about some in-your-face chastisement (when called for)? How
about some huge smiles when your team does well. Leaders lead. Then get INTO
the game and lead!Go Cougars!
The only "legit" compitition the Y has left on the schedule is TCU,
Hawaii, UCF and Utah State. None of these teams are stellar. It does not matter
how they do against the other 5 scheduled wins. 9-3 is a great turnaround, 8-4
is average with the schedule and anything below that is a failure.
I'm sure bronco believes it is the fault of all us "sudducee's" who
have the gaul to actually ask questions and give money to the program.
@ Duckhunter | 5:09 p.m. Sept. 21, 2011 Highland, UT Welcome
back Duckhunter, I was worried about you.May I quote you from a May
16th post of yours "Also I think Utah will be exteremely mediocre this year
and not really much of a game to watch." I'm not sure yet about the
mediocre part, but you were spot on about the "not much of a game to
watch."Your team lost 54-10 and they QUIT, or as Steve Young
told ESPN "they capitulated", which just as you know means " to
surrender unconditionally or to give up resistance." That is Bronco's
major problem along with his bashing of loyal fans such as you.
@carnakI'm sure you have pathetically been waiting days to say
something to me about it. Congratulations as that undoubtedly made your entire
year. But don't worry about me, I occasionally go out of town and then come
back. As far as the game is concerned...well there isn't much to say. Yes they
quit. It disgusted me.
Carnak | 5:48 p.m. Sept. 21, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT@ Duckhunter |
5:09 p.m. Sept. 21, 2011 Highland, UT Welcome back Duckhunter,
I was worried about you.-----------I'm worried about Hedgehog.
Don't like him/her, but worried. Hasn't been on here in awhile.
Duckhunter | 8:49 p.m. Sept. 21, 2011 Highland, UT@carnakI'm sure you have pathetically been waiting days to say something to me about
it----------To be accurate, his post quoted you from May 16th...
Whoa duckhunter.Carnak is not piling on like many other Ute fans. His post
if very thoughtful and very accurate IMO.He's right. The hype this year
was through the roof and players began to believe their own press. The Utes
didn't have any players or coaches spouting off about National Championship
aspirations. Heaps was talking about an undefeated season before he even played
the first game. Coach Whit has always been about focusing on one game at a time.
. ., not the whole season. "The most important game of the season is the
upcoming game this week," Whit has repeatedly said. Bronco and players
would be wise follow that wise counsel.I agree that it is not that
BYU doesn't have the athletes (although I still contend that Heaps is no
athlete), because I still believe personnel-wise this is one of BYU's most
athletic teams. However I think they are poorly coached and poorly conditioned.
Given the tough usual tough game at the first of the season, it seems to me the
coaches are into game preparation to early in fall camp. Basic skills, are not
developed or emphasized enough. They do pretty good in the first game, but do
not make the improvement necessary to win in the next few games, because they do
not have the basic down. The reason the Y won in the late 70's and early
eighties was not the gimmicks, it was they dominated the line of scrimage,
always on offense and usually on defense. This has not been the case for many
years and the trend continues under coach Mendenhall. Return to good line play
and you see many 9 10 and 11 win years against any competition. Continue to be
poor on the lines, and be careful playing New Mexico State. I am sure Mr.
Mendenhall know this, but for whatever reason has not been able to accomplish
greatness on either the offensive or defensive lines even though it seems they
have the atheletes in these positions to be very, very good.
@idabluNo his posst wasn't insightful as that would mean he was able
to identify something that wasn't apparent to every single person that watched
the game and then enlighten all of us with his observation.As I said
he was simply pathetically waiting until I posted to say something to me
personally about it. I expected it so it wasn't any sort of surprise but it was