Daring or foolish hire?Kyle may have rolled the dice one too many
times on this one. Does he really think he can compete against the likes of
Sarkisian and Leach with a 24 year old kid with only two years of coaching
experience and absolutely no Offensive Coordinator experience?All
that talk about Chow and his vast experience seems foolish now.
I believe in Coach Whit, he is where he is because of his knowledge of
football.Im sure he see's something in Johnson that we all are
missing.Prepare for the spread, with the HUGE linemen the U just
recruited and the talent in the back field, Johnson is going to surprise the
harshest critics.PAC 12 Rocks!
Very daring hire that could result in praise or a stir from the lynch mob. Time
will tell now.
@ Scott. Agreed. The whole experience card flipped. Also, what happened to the
downhill run game jargon? With the spread offense, our RBs will be less
effective in my opinion. White IV may be undersized, but make no mistake, he is
a downhill runner.I think Kyle spoke of experience and downhill run
game because he is a defensive guy who claims to love whatever the current
offensive coordinator claims to embrace. Sure coaches do that, but it's
relatively new for Kyle.What do I mean by this. When Kyle hired
Ludwig, he hired a guy trained in the pro set, and he tried to have him run the
lingering spread from the Meyer days. That's why Ludwig failed and Brian Johnson
thrived when calling his own plays. Johnson did this in the final two minutes of
games and the Sugar Bowl. By then, it was known Ludwig was being let go, and
Utah had a month of bowl prep.
I for one do not have a great amount of faith in coach Whit when it comes to
offensive hires. Recruiting:yesMotivating:yesDefensive system:yesBUT, Whit has a very spotty record with his offensive staff. In the new high
pressure world of college football the Utes find themselves in you really only
have a couple years grace period.8-5, and 4-5 in the conference is a
decent beginning. But, how many UTE fans will accept that as the norm?I believe the UTES can and will do better then that,but make no mistake about
it. Coach Whit has put the fate of himself and the entire staff in the hands of
a 24 year old kid.
While BJ may not be the person the ute nation was projecting as the OC for their
second season in the PAC 10-2; I think he will do well and has a bright future.
Our best wishes are extentended and congratulations to Brian on his new
The Latin phrase that came to mind wasn't the one in the article. It was
"Es vos lamnia lammina lamna vel quispiam?" which roughly translated
means "Are you nuts or something?" I think everyone is
accepting this purely as an act of faith in Coach Kyle. Hopefully a year from
now we will see he was a genius. On paper though, this move looks completely
bananas to me. If Brian decides to be bold and move away from the pro set to the
single wing, we'll know something is seriously amiss.
Some guys work in football for decades and are still dumber than a bag of
hammers. BJ is a very intelligent kid and has good people to study under in his
short time coaching. My prediction is that Utah won't have him in a few years
not because he failed but, because he succeeded and will get a team of his own.
Don't underestimate him, he'll be fine.