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Commentary: Robert Anae's new offense hangs on the offensive line

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  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    July 7, 2013 8:48 p.m.

    I have no doubt the O line will be improved over last year. I just don't know if they'll be up to regular BYU standards. This is clearly a rebuilding year for the O line.

    But solid running backs (Williams, Alisa and Hine) will make them look better than they really are. And Hill's mobility will help. They should be good enough to win 8 or 9 games against a very tough schedule. And with a couple of breaks . . . who knows what could happen.

    Go Cougs!

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    July 7, 2013 9:11 p.m.

    Inexperience and/or recovery from injury at virtually every position...

    A new offense scheme and an o-line coach that has never coached a game at the d-1 level...

    yeah... that sounds like a recipe for success.

  • BlameItOnTheOfficials Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 7, 2013 9:37 p.m.

    And up in Salt Lake we have a new 32 million dollar training facility. The Utes rule and the Y is rebuilding an O line... this will be a good year.

    Go Utes!

  • Old Jake Salt Lake City, UT
    July 7, 2013 9:53 p.m.

    sounds like the excuses are already starting by saying that his offense is dependent on the o line.

    Who's offense isn't?

    If your offense is lame don't blame the O line.

    No excuses. Work with what you have, anticipate injuries, and figure out a way to win like every other team in the world.

    Thanks.

  • Common-Tator Saint Paul, MN
    July 7, 2013 9:58 p.m.

    Quite a few years ago I was engrossed in a football discussion with my son. I asked, if he were to build a team from scratch, with which position would he begin. He thought for awhile and then said, "Offensive Line". Not a bad answer, and especially so considering he was only 8 years old.

    If an 8-year-old gets it, one would trust that upper level coaches could take that as a mantra. With the added time they provide, a great O-line makes an average QB excellent, and a so-so running back an All Star. The Coug line may not be there yet, but until that happens, their offense won't be like those of years past. Then again ... they just may be, and this could be an extremely exciting season to watch!

  • R.A.W St George, Utah
    July 7, 2013 10:07 p.m.

    If Anae could turn out 5 straight top 25 offenses in his first run at BYU, imagine what he will do with a hurry up offense and better athletes on the offensive line. As running game coordinator/Offensive line coach at Arizona, Anae turned a nobody into the nations leading rusher.

    Taysom Hill is the real deal. The depth and talent at RB is the best it has ever been. WR/TE return talent and experience and will be better utilized in Anae's new offense. Bringing in 9 OL recruits in the 2013 class shows that the O-line has Anae's full attention.
    We already know the defense is going to be good, so if the offense can improve even just a little it could be a special year in Provo.
    Either way, having Anae back at the Y is a huge step in the right direction.

  • U 90 Corona, CA
    July 7, 2013 10:09 p.m.

    CFIT,

    I'll agree Hill was very mobile in 2012, however none of us have seen him play in real time game speed since his knee injury. Players can definitely lose a step after those types of injuries, not to mention the possibility of re-injury (see Wynn shoulder). Jordan W. looked every bit the part of an all-conference QB his Freshman year but injury completely changed the way he played the game.

    Furthermore, we have yet to see Taysom throw the ball well. In the BSU game every pass was 2 yards short of the intended receiver. Only time will tell, but 9 wins is a pipe dream.

  • Cougar Cindy Salt Lake City, UT
    July 7, 2013 11:46 p.m.

    Go Cougars!!

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    July 8, 2013 1:04 a.m.

    @ R.A.W

    Ka'Deem Carey was a 4-star recruit and was ranked number 13 for his position. He was unproven, but hardly a "nobody". Also, Anae may have a great run at BYU his second time around, but remember that the first time he had the benefit of some really great players like Hall, Beck, George, Harline, Unga, Collie, etc. Outside of Hoffman and maybe Williams BYU doesn't have the same firepower on offense that it used to have. Hence the reason for Anae completely overhauling the offense.

  • Sweater In Rafters Franklin, IN
    July 8, 2013 4:09 a.m.

    Getting the ball snapped earlier than 8 seconds seems like an attainable goal to me! Great goal coach Anae. I think the work Coach M put in last year, having the O line leave the sidelines in the 3 point stance is a very good process...so they will remember how to do it a few seconds later in the actual game.

    He should wrap his third drill/goal around the concept of properly wearing of the mouth guard...which will help with huddle communications.

    Basics, basics, basics!!!! Love it....

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    July 8, 2013 6:34 a.m.

    I can't wait for the season to start. Only then will we see how we fare against the competition this year. I'm very excited but also nervous because of Howie's assertion. How I hope the Cougars will prove him wrong!

    Go Cougars! and good luck to the Utes too!

  • Don't Feed the Trolls Salt Lake City, UT
    July 8, 2013 8:04 a.m.

    The more panicked the trolls get, the better the season should be. Thanks for chipping in, Utes. Now try to get to .500 this year.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    July 8, 2013 8:14 a.m.

    Howard S.
    Taylorsville, UT

    "Inexperience and/or recovery from injury at virtually every position...

    A new offense scheme and an o-line coach that has never coached a game at the d-1 level...

    yeah... that sounds like a recipe for success."

    Or

    Better,healthier players on the o-line than at this time last year...

    More firepower with the OC, and a highly successful o-line coach ready to move up to the next level, and mentored by a highly successful, seasoned coach (Anae) (Utes know about inexperienced coaches being mentored by others even better than BYU does...)

    Sounds like a recipe for at least one more touchdown per game. And that would have made BYU 11-1 last year.

    Am I calling a BCS bowl game victory yet?

    No, but I am very optimistic.

    Funny how I never hear optimism from Utah fans.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    July 8, 2013 9:16 a.m.

    One of the key elements of a hurry up offense is making a defense reactionary instead of aggressive. This is why an up tempo offense similar to Oregon's or Arizona's takes an immense amount of pressure OFF of the O-line (8 seconds wasn't fast enough?Wow). When the OL doesn't have to run complicated blocking schemes because the defense isn't bringing zone blitzes and secondary blitzes every play, it makes it easier for the OL to put a "hat on a hat". Anae is actually taking pressure off the OL by installing this offense (except for having to be in much better shape). For people that actually understand the Xs & Os of football, greater concern should be given for how receivers, RBs, and Taysom do reading the defenses in front of them and adjusting routes and timing in the hurry up offense. Let Howie and the utes think negative if it makes them feel better. Let them have fun in their crimson bubble a couple more months. After it bursts there will be little for them to talk about except SOS and other lame excuses for why the utes stink and BYU is superior...again.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    July 8, 2013 9:17 a.m.

    To Howard S:

    It's actually enough of a success recipe to beat the Utes this year. After having 2 of their last 3 wins over the Y come down to a field goal attempt, the Utes will know they solidly lost this year. The success recipe is in place and it's being followed. And just like last year, the Aggies will also again prevail over the Utes. Sadly for Uteville, it will be another year versus Colorado for who takes bottom cellar honors, and another year of watching others in bowl games.

    What good is a new $32 practice facility if your team can't even qualify for a bowl game? Instead of spending all your waking hours waiting to post negatively on a BYU article, perhaps you and fellow trolls should put that same energy into doing something constructive for your Utes. They're the ones that need it.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    July 8, 2013 9:45 a.m.

    Blame it,
    Yes, that is Utah's strategy. Spend 32 million which is a great substitute for w's.

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    July 8, 2013 10:04 a.m.

    After all, that was an article, after all the others on the same topic, that was, after all, after all.

  • Gorum The Old Madison, AL
    July 8, 2013 10:06 a.m.

    "Anae may have a great run at BYU his second time around, but remember that the first time he had the benefit of some really great players like Hall, Beck, George, Harline, Unga, Collie, etc. Outside of Hoffman and maybe Williams BYU doesn't have the same firepower on offense that it used to have. Hence the reason for Anae completely overhauling the offense."

    Hoffman is a projected 1st round draft pick. Alisa averaged 5.4 ypc and broke off a long run (over 30 yards) every 28 carries in 2011. Last year Williams had 775 rushing yards and 12TDs as well as 315 receiving yards and 1TD in 9 starts. Projected out over a 13 game season that is 1574 all purpose yards and 19 TDs. And that was as a 17 year old kid with a bad Oline.

    In Hill's 19 minutes vs the #12 defense in the country (BSU), he had 42 passing yards, 72 rushing yards, and 1 TD. Extrapolated out for the whole game, that's 360 yards, 3TDs 0TO. Against USU (the #14 defense), Hill completed 67% for 235 yards, 1TD, 1int, and ran for 80 yards. This from a true freshman getting 3rdString reps.

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    July 8, 2013 11:02 a.m.

    Re: Y Grad / Y Dad & Howard S. posts. Good posts, both of them. The only thing we can go off of is what we know, not what we "expect" or "hope" for. And according to this article, written by a non-DN writer, is the O-line, indeed, is relying heavily on a double-hip surgery recovery and a good amount of inexperience at the other positions and an O-Line coach who's never coached at the BCS leval. I think we need to see the first 2-3 games to see how the o-line starts to shake-out. I can't drink the cool-aid just yet!

  • STuFOO Korea, AE
    July 8, 2013 12:05 p.m.

    Wow. It is so good to have u fans who are so knowledgeable and can be objective.

    You know, because BYU fans so desperately need you to tell them how their football team will do this year.

    Especially because the u team is so great and the outlook is so good for them.

    Gosh, its a wonder that the u doesn't call to help coach them.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    July 8, 2013 12:41 p.m.

    That's good because we've always had tons of O-line talent and tremendous coaching.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    July 8, 2013 1:36 p.m.

    Yes, Ernest Bass... you are partly right. We pretty much have had great coaching for a long time, with only short temporary exceptions. And the O-line will soon get there... without question.

    It's also starting to seem we always have a couple of sarcastic trolls whose sarcasm really does get old. Please give it a rest. You and Mildred aren't amusing anyone but yourselves anymore.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    July 8, 2013 4:37 p.m.

    Wait! No one make another comment. We need to wait until azute checks their highlights on Youtube before any of us really knows how this will turn out.

  • Louisiana Cougar Pineville, LA
    July 8, 2013 5:06 p.m.

    Hmmm.

    Not news to anyone who knows football to state, "The success of the offense depends upon the O-Line."

    Nor is it news that BYU's O-Line was a huge nemesis last year. We all saw that coming in the 2012 spring practices -- which really never took place because there simply was no O-Line available.

    Houston Reynold's injury made the O-Line problem much worse and shined the spotlight under BYU's refrigerator! The problem of a weak O-Line was predictable long before Spring 2012, however. Those who follow the Cougars saw this problem coming.

    I don't criticize you for restating the obvious . . . and I appreciate the fact that you are spotlighting these unsung heroes who have always been critical to a great football team.

  • GJ Greenwood, IN
    July 8, 2013 5:10 p.m.

    "After all, nothing can disrupt an offense's rhythm than a bad snap."

    Please fix the sentence above, so that it makes sense.

  • STuFOO Korea, AE
    July 8, 2013 5:50 p.m.

    You know, the more I think about it, the more embarrassed I would be if I were a u fan and came to the BYU comment page to validate my opinion and to tell BYu fans that my team was better.

    A terrible record
    Down hill since 2008
    Being owned by more than half of the conference
    losing record in the conference

    In fact, I would be ashamed to bring up my status in the PAC 12 too.

    Eeech, I mean bragging about being in the PAC 12 is like a candy bar that is made out of raw cabbage being proud of the wrapper.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    July 8, 2013 7:02 p.m.

    Try this:

    The U has a great O line and Nick Saban is the best coach in the country even though he wasn't trying in 2008. We love being in the same company as the rest of the BCS teams even though we don't do so well against them.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    July 9, 2013 5:35 a.m.

    STuFOO,
    You forgot to add:
    Losing to Colorado at home (which was their first road win in years) the year utah was going to win the PAC and the NC.

    It's fun they have a hill to slide down!!!!