Seems like we hear this every year.I have an idea, how about keeping
an offensive coordinator for more than one season so that they can let their
system actually work?
"The Utes want to play fast and there’s a great sense of
urgency..."hmmm, though grammatically awkward, it sounds very
similar to a phrase that was mocked incessantly by the hill crowd last
season."Back-to-back 5-7 campaigns ended a nine-year bowl run
for the program. Uncharacteristic, Whittingham acknowledged."au
contraire Mr. WhittinghamBefore Utah's nine-year bowl run
began, the Utes had only play in 8 bowl games in the previous 40 years.btw, BYU will play in their 10th straight bowl game this season, improving on
BYU's 2nd longest bowl streak.
Coach Christensen is going to get our NASCAR offense running. He had
already proven he can put up 30-35 points at least against power conference
teams. He is going to take a lot of pressure off the defense to do
everything.We are going to be the surprise team of the PAC 12 Utah 7-5. I guarantee we will be going to th best bowl of any team in
Utah. Go utes!Go PAC 12
Utes have great kickers. Their whole special teams are a delight to watch.
While the rest of the team isn't up to big boy football standards they are
Welcome to the Utah article, coug fans. You guys want to keep your news within
the family (probably because the news has been embarrassing lately) but we
welcome coug fans.I agree with 2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0, this
year's Ute squad will be a pleasant surprise. Another year playing against
elite competition at home and on the road. It just doesn't get any better
than this...unless of course we start winning games! :)Onward and
Rosey:You had better hope that byU gets to a bowl game this year! I
mean, with a SOS hovering around 100, you have to give the seniors something to
look forward to, even if it is the worst bowl game of the year that even the MAC
turned down. Savannah St for senior day? That has to be the BIGGEST
disappointment in their football careers - well, second biggest disappointment
after never being able to beat their bitter rivals anyway.I still
get a kick out of byU "fans" who mock a school they are 3-8 against at
HOME in the last 20+ years and only have one win on the road since 2000!!BTW - "improving" is a word I would use lightly when referring
to byU's horribly inept 2014 schedule.Go Utes!! Playing with
the big boys at home in November while byU plays with the kiddies!
Honestly I don't care how fast Utes offense is as long as it is efficient.
Better 3rd down conversion rate, and less 3rd downs will be key. I found it very
interesting that in the conversation with Dres, he said they have had up tempo
offenses, but have never implemented them like they will this year...IMO he
seemed to regret what he had said. Should be interesting to see the offense take
shape and I hope to see many many articles about Kendall since I am away in
Rose Bowl call yet?The "play fast, with urgency" offense.
The think the Utes are playing low-key...they're gonna rocket this this
VegasUteI get a kick out of Utah fans mocking a program that has
played in twice as many bowls and has had more than three times as many AP Top
25 finishes as that little regional school on the hill.
Good luck Utes. Here's one Cougar fan that hopes you do well!
Go Utes!! Getting beaten like drum by the big boys in November until
we get to our epic season finale, the always exciting stumble in Rockies to
determine who gets to spend the off-season in the conference basement.
@frantic and emotional,Great description of your fanbase. The angst
has been delicious the past couple years as we see byu being left in the dust
with every other mid major as the P5 form our own division and own rules and own
playoffs. Utah WILL go bowling - you can mark that down.If Utah doesn't go bowling I'll never say another negative thing
about byu ever. That's how sure I am!Go UTESGo PAC 12
Execution is more important than the "speed" of an offense.
Chris B-- Now that's a promise we'll be happy to "mark it
down". While I'd be fine for you to be right, we'll also be sure
to remind you if you're not.
“So we’re determined to get ourselves back on track this year and
get things headed back in the right direction,” [Whittingham] said.It looks like even Coach Whittingham agrees that Utah has been off-track
and headed in the wrong direction.
I'm looking forward to Nov 8th. It will be my first trip to Rice Eccles and
it's going to be epic. There won't be many Duck fans in the stands but
we're notoriously loud! Good luck to the Utes, and I agree with a couple
other commentators, I think the Utes will have a surprising season and compete
for the South Division. Is it Aug 28th yet? I love this time of year.
8 games into the season and Utah will have an interim head coachMark
that down, lol
Win/loss is great, but it's also the product on the field. In the coming
years how many future top pros will Ute fans get to see in person vs BYU fans?
We already know there are more than three times as many Utes than Cougars in the
NFL alone, add up the future Bruins, Trojans, Ducks, Cardinal, Wolverines... and
it's a far more memorable game day experience, even better if Utah can win
some of those. What brings out the fans more, seeing Lebron or Durant put up 40
on the Jazz in a loss, or watching the Jazz beat up on whoever plays for
Sacramento or Orlando. And it is fun to mock BYU's schedule, but sadly
Mid Tenn St and UConn actually have way more pros in then NFL than BYU does.
Which might show where BYU is headed.
The problem for the Utes is winning conference road games. You are competitive
with almost anyone at home, but on the road the Utes are consistently flat. In
fact, the Utes were 0-4 on the road last season vs. conference opponents and
since joining the conference the Utes are 3-10 on the road (Wins @ CU, WSU, and
AZ). Look at this years road schedule- Stanford, OSU, ASU, UCLA,
Mich. All are probable losses. And although you have both Oregon and USC at
home, those are 2 more probable losses bringing the grand total to 7. Since an
upset on the road is improbable, the Utes would need to upset either USC or
Oregon at home... Good luck.IMO 5-7 would be a successful season for
the UTES. If Whittingham can survive, I think you will have a winning season in
2015 with Stanford and Oregon missing from your schedule, and a favorable home
Utah will get better, it's all about the depth chart. USU has a great
first string, but probably a much steeper dropoff to the 2nd string vs the P5
teams. That's fine if you play a bunch of slower 190 pound MWC linebackers
all season, you can mostly stay healthy. But when you're playing
6'4" 235 lb super fast linebackers every week against P5 teams it takes
a toll. If USU or BYU played 10 straight P5 teams they'd be on their 6th
string by year end. That's what Utah has learned these first few seasons.
They seem to be limping to the finish line, but better resources for recruiting
will change that over time.
not in utah"They seem to be limping to the finish line, but
better resources for recruiting will change that over time."See
Colorado, Indiana, Vanderbilt, Washington St., and many others which have had
"better resources" for decades.Some programs are simply
destined to live off the gravy train as perennial power conference bottom
dwellers without ever making any progress toward actually becoming one of the
"Utes want to pick up the pace in 2014"Shouldn't that
read 'Pace' as in picante sauce for the holiday chip and dip?
FYI an interesting development: Yesterday the SL Tribune just blogged the names
of 16 new players added to the Utah Spring roster..... These individuals were
not listed on any previous team roster, in effect a massive major infusion of
new skills and new options for the U.While too early to tell how
quickly these new players will fold into the depth chart this Fall, it appears
to be offer a significant positive change in a variety of performance groups.Particularly interesting will be where they ultimately reside on the
depth chart, given the U's ability to reset/refit players to fit depth
chart needs. And now pretty much incontrovertible, no matter the
slanted blogs declaring the opposite: P5 and PAC12 membership DOES indeed make
a difference, folks.Kudos to the U recruiters and coaches!! Great
job, guys!---- Go UTES!!!!!
I hope it all comes together this year. Our defense has remained solid for a
decade, but we need the offense to step up and do their part. Go Utes!!
@druteThe reason they are new names is because they are for the most
part players no one else wanted, if they were some huge infusion of talent then
they would have all signed with schools last february. Frankly the
fact utah felt the need to bring in so many 'flyers' makes it appear
that they are not happy with what they have and have resorted to bringing in a
bunch of people on the outside chance one or two might make a small
difference.it is interesting that you would interpret it as some
huge influx of difference makers, although not surprising and definitely funny.
"Shouldn't that read 'Pace' as in picante sauce"Careful there, samg. Roscoe may appropriate that for this year's t-shirt
"have resorted to bringing in a bunch of people on the outside chance one or
two might make a small difference."Says the 'fan' of
the team bringing in more failed transfers that any other mid-major. lol
@johninslcSay's the "fan" of the team that just brought
in a guy that hadn't played in a year, never had an offer from anyone, and
they saw him running in the park with some other guys. lol
Chris BSalt Lake City, UT"Utah WILL go bowling - you can
mark that down."The smart money will go against the Utes, now
that you have cursed them."If Utah doesn't go bowling
I'll never say another negative thing about byu ever. That's how sure
I am!"Nah, Chris, we know you better. You'll just rename
yourself and keep on jivin' everyone.