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.
Just had a flash back of Roger French telling the O-line to jump rope faster
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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."Interesting.....
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
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.
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.
@upacThank 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.BTW, 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.
U-PacUtah 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.
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
If he can get them to be a little less RM-ish and a little more Biker Gang-ish
I'll be happy.
Just thinking, if the offensive line were to hold hands, take a knee and sprint
to the line of scrimmage on every play too..
@UPacSpeaking 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"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?
U-PacKeep 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
u-pac"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."
UPAC: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!
@BigCougar: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.