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Brad Rock: Kyle Whittingham hoping to capitalize on the Utes' Super Bowl exposure

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  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 2, 2013 6:07 p.m.

    With so many Utes on NFL rosters these days, it seems like every game I'm cheering for both teams.

    Whittingham is a top 10 coach in terms of putting players in situations to make themselves and their teams better.

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    Feb. 2, 2013 7:14 p.m.

    Victor Hugo once said, "Human meditation has no limits. At its own risk and peril, it analyzes and digs deep into its own bedazzlement. "

    That is exactly the problem here. The U attempted to bedazzle itself and its fans by joining the Pac12. The resulting mediocrity of the football program means that few, if any, U players will make it to the NFL in the future. Those who were wise saw this coming.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 3:10 a.m.

    @ John Charity Spring

    ... I guess nobody told you that Utah has a top-5 pick entering this year's draft?

  • Jim1027 St. George, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 8:46 a.m.

    Utah had the choice of being a big fish in a little pond or a little fish in a big pond. They chose the latter.

    They could've gone to a bowl game, probably, if they stayed in the MWC, and kept BYU, added probably TCU, Boise State, and some others.

    Years from now, fans may ponder that choice. Will they ever be able to recruit and compete against the big boys of the Pac12? Doubtful. What will change?

    So, in reality, they took the money and ran. Ran to what is the question!

  • nothegame Saratoga Springs, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 12:19 p.m.

    Whats even more cool is that 3 players played high school ball in the state of Utah. Don't know who I want to win. Was a big 49ers fan until he replaced Smith.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 1:05 p.m.

    With the Utes delivering a 'no show' in the post season for 2012 one would wonder as to what's the fuss is about.

    Not much to 'capitalize' on since it was squandered going to the PAC10.2

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 2:08 p.m.

    John Charity Spring / Jim1027:
    The envy continues to run deep among the BYU faithful. Any, and I mean any, Utah fan will tell you that the journey in the Pac-12 is just beginning. A tough and humbling beginning to be sure, but what a thrilling journey it is. You will just have to take our word for it.

    "We can't say, 'woe is me.' We have to chart our course. I understand how disappointed people were that they [Utah] got in the Pac-12 and we're not. We still have to be as good as we can." Tom Holmoe, Deseret News, August 16, 2012

    What cannot be denied is that the University of Utah is numbered among the elite in the class room, in the laboratory, and on the field. It is a blessing for the state of Utah of which BYU is a part.

  • EdGrady Idaho Falls, ID
    Feb. 3, 2013 3:34 p.m.

    Yeah, Harbough could have lost, again, the NFC championship game with Alex Smith or won the NFC championship game with Kaep. Tough choice.

  • Jake2010 bountiful, ut
    Feb. 3, 2013 3:51 p.m.

    It is because of benching Smith that the 9ers are where they are today. I did not see this happening with Smith at the helm... The season was too up and down and Smith was not putting out a super bowl type season. So therefore.... Harbaugh made the ABSOLUTE best decision.. Now go out there and crush the Ravens!

  • Jake2010 bountiful, ut
    Feb. 3, 2013 4:01 p.m.

    Just a note is that while Miami may be the 'only team to have more' Utah doesn't sit alone with 4.... OSU is at least one other team with as many all on the 9ers.... Guess we can see head to head whose alumni are better...

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 4:07 p.m.

    @John Charity Spring
    Is that so? Considering Utah has increased the star power of its recruitign classes since joining the PAC-12 (26 3-stars and 2 4-stars this year whereas the numbers were roughly half that a few years ago) it would seem the odds are increasing rather than decreasing.

  • NightOwlAmerica SALEM, OR
    Feb. 3, 2013 5:26 p.m.

    sammyg said:

    "With the Utes delivering a 'no show' in the post season for 2012 one would wonder as to what's the fuss is about.

    Not much to 'capitalize' on since it was squandered going to the PAC10.2"

    If anything BYU delivered a 'no show' in the post season of 2012. Nobody, even national media, are not saying a thing about them. Why? It's humiliating enough that USU got higher bowl ratings than BYU did.

    Not much to 'capitalize' on since it was squandered becoming an independent.

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 6:42 p.m.

    @alt134
    Remind me again why we play the game? Why don't we just look at the number of stars from players and decide who wins the NC. We could save a lot of injuries and hurt feelings that way. But u would still be in last place in the PAC 10.2.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 8:52 p.m.

    I know John C Spring and Sammy, I'm so glad we're afraid to compete so let's keep playing Idaho State.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 9:08 p.m.

    Jake2010

    "I did not see this happening with Smith at the helm... The season was too up and down and Smith was not putting out a super bowl type season."

    Well you'd be about the only one who saw it that way since most experts had the 49ers as their Super Bowl favorite at the time Smith was still starting. The 3rd highest QB rating in the league at the time would also contradict your opinion.
    _____

    "Just a note is that while Miami may be the 'only team to have more' Utah doesn't sit alone with 4.... OSU is at least one other team with as many all on the 9ers.... Guess we can see head to head whose alumni are better..."

    I guess we just saw. Congratulations to the RAVENS!

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 9:52 p.m.

    @edith

    "...u would still be in last place in the PAC 10.2....".

    Consider the results of the last 20 years...

    1993

    34-31

    Utah

    provo

    1994

    34-31

    Utah

    SLC

    1995

    34-17

    Utah

    SLC

    1996

    byu

    37–17

    SLC

    1997

    Utah

    20–14

    provo

    1998

    byu

    26–24

    SLC

    1999

    Utah

    20–17

    provo

    2000

    byu

    34–27

    SLC

    2001

    byu

    24–21

    provo

    2002

    Utah

    13–6

    SLC

    2003

    Utah

    3–0

    provo

    2004

    Utah

    52–21

    SLC

    2005

    Utah

    41–34OT

    provo

    2006

    byu

    33–31

    SLC

    2007

    byu

    17–10

    provo

    2008

    Utah

    48–24

    SLC

    2009

    byu

    26–23OT

    provo

    2010

    Utah

    17–16

    SLC

    2011

    Utah

    54–10

    provo

    2012

    Utah

    24–21

    SLC

    Utah has beaten byu 8 times in the last 11 games.

    Consider the results of the last 105 games...

    Utah has an overall record of 56-34-4 against byu.

    Not bad for the last place team in the Pac 10.2.

    Not good for the independent 1.3 kittens.

    "...Remind me again why we play the game...".

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Feb. 4, 2013 6:32 a.m.

    What did Whit capitalize with yesterday's game??? I'm dying to know the tangibles here for Ute greatness.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Feb. 4, 2013 11:42 a.m.

    @nightowl

    "If anything BYU delivered a 'no show' in the post season of 2012. Nobody, even national media, are not saying a thing about them."

    That's interesting considering that Kyle van Noy was widely discussed as having the best bowl performance in the country by a defender. He was shown on just about every highlight show and named to every single all bowl team. There were articles and segments and all kinds of other national publicity about it.

    LOL!

  • SMS Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 4, 2013 11:55 a.m.

    @sammyg

    What did Whit capitalize with yesterday's game??? I'm dying to know the tangibles here for Ute greatness.

    --------

    Um, maybe the fact that Paul Kruger had two of the three sacks by the Ravens defense.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Feb. 4, 2013 12:17 p.m.

    @motorbike

    "most experts had the 49ers as their Super Bowl favorite at the time Smith was still starting."

    Uh....no they didn't. SF was 6-2-1 while smith was starting and were actually being talked about as a bit of a disappointment. Their offense had been very sporadic with a mix of good games and then some games where they had barely scored putting up only 13 against the vikings, 3 against the giants and 13 again against the seahawks.

    When smith left the Rams game with a slight concussion they were losing 14-7, after being down 14-0, and kaepernick brought them back to earn a tie.

    Smith was getting some rave reviews, like the following from the NFL's own site after the seattle game.

    "Smith went 14-of-23 passing for 140 yards in another subpar performance."

    "Another" subpar performance.

    smith's actual passing stats were pretty mediocre despite a high qb rating. He was averaging barely over 1 td per game and only 170 passing yards per game. The best thing that could be said about him was that he was "efficient" most of the time.

    Hardly superbowl favorites.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    Feb. 4, 2013 4:04 p.m.

    Cougar fan here (and I knew his dad...) Whittingham is an exceptional coach and once they get acclimated to the competition level and style of the PAC, their fortunes will increase. It's a win-win for everyone in the state, but for different reasons at each school. And, good for Utah as a state at large to have had 5-6 players with connections show well in the game. Smith will do fine at a new team too next year... take pride in the overall achievements, belittlement just shows small mindedness so let it go...

  • Mount Olympus Salt Lake, UT
    Feb. 4, 2013 5:09 p.m.

    Signing day is coming up.
    Right now for 2013 football recruiting:

    Rivals has:
    Utah:
    4 Stars:1 3 Stars: 23

    Provo's school of Pharisees:
    4 Stars:1 3 Stars: 6

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Feb. 5, 2013 7:12 a.m.

    Duckhunter, that game against the Rams you mentioned, Smith was 7/8 passing with 1 TD/0 INT, he really couldn't have done much better with the situations he was given in the game. He also averaged 9 yards per attempt to Kaep's 6.9. And at 6-2 with wins at Green Bay and New York, yes they were considered one of the playoff favorites with only the Bears and Falcons at 7-1 with as good of a record. I won't discredit what Kaep did, as he came in and finished the regular season similar to what Smith did, going 5-2 (1-2 in division), compared to Smith's 6-2 (2-0 in division), and he had some great moments. He also had some very awful moments, which Smith didn't have, though, so I personally would take some great moments with low risk to some great moments with high risk. Neither one is an elite QB, but both have proven to be valuable members of elite teams.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Feb. 5, 2013 4:47 p.m.

    @stg

    Other than Kaepenick's int, which on the replay we can clearly see randy moss cutting off his route, standing there, and making no effort at all to get in position to catch the ball, what were the "very awful moments" he had "which smith didn't have"? Please elaborate as no one else in the entire world knows what they were other than you.

    Last playoff game I remember smith playing in he had 6 straight possessions in the 2nd half in which he couldn't even muster 1 single 1st down. Those were "awful" moments that no doubt harbuagh remembered vividly.

  • Utah'95 FPO, AE
    Feb. 5, 2013 5:37 p.m.

    Smith is a capable, reliable quarterback. How he has handled the situation over the last few months also shows that he is mature and a good teammate.

    Kaepernick, however, has more talent, and more upside than Smith. He is more dangerous to any defense the 49ers face.

    I wish them both good luck next year.

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Feb. 5, 2013 6:40 p.m.

    Pick-six against Green Bay, his entire game at St. Louis, his entire game at Seattle, both of which contributed to them nearly losing the division, the first 35 minutes of the Super Bowl.

    "Last playoff game I remember smith playing in he had 6 straight possessions in the 2nd half in which he couldn't even muster 1 single 1st down."

    First of all, there were never six straight 3-and-outs in that game. There were only 5 3-and-outs by the 49ers in the entire game. A little truth on your part, please.

    Also, the Giants had one of the most dominant postseason defenses in NFL history. Considering the 49ers accomplished the same thing against them that Green Bay and New England did, who each had some of the most prolific offenses in NFL history, there's nothing to be ashamed of from that performance. Frustrated? Sure, but awful? Only if you consider Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers also awful.