Making Brian Johnson the OC was too early a promotion, one that gave Johnson not
much choice to leave Utah when he was demoted. Because if he accepted that
status, his coaching career would have had a greater likelihood of going south.
So Utah lost a valuable figure on its' staff. The Chow hire made sense and
I think would have paid off if Chow asn't offered the head coaching job at
Hawaii. He was only here a year and Utah was super thin at QB in 2011. At that
time it was Jordan Wynn and his 4 shoulder surgeries atop the depth chart with
nobody behind him but the good soldier Jon Hayes (who gave it his all). Moving
on, Dennis Erickson was a good hire. That didn't work out last year but
Utah had an unusual tally of crucial injuries on that offense. I was surprised
that Erickson stayed on the staff when Whittingham hired Christensen but I am
glad to have both of them here. I look for Utah's offense to turn the
corner this season.
Wow, this is a new angle for a Des News sports reporter. Here's the quote
you are searching for, Mr. Robinson..."Whittingham said after
Tuesday’s practice. “We tried the co-coordinator thing and it
didn’t sit well with me. It was my fault. My response is to remedy it when
it’s not working.”There ya go, Doug. Coach Whitt
acknowledged that it's his fault. Can we move on, now?
He'll get our NASCAR offense going like we expect. He already
has proven he can put up 40 points a game against big boy teams. We
will be the surprise of the PAC 12 and go 7-5 and enjoy a very good PAC 12
season. Go utes!
I didn't know that Christensen was an O-lineman. That's
good news, because between he & Jim Harding, we have really good OL
competence where everything on offense starts: Up Front.Also, though
the record didn't reflect it, Utah got significantly better on offense in
2013 over 2012, even with a more difficult schedule, which bodes well for our
offensive staff capitalizing on the talent this year and getting back on the
right track.Our easiest year in the PAC was 2011, and the rest of
the PAC improved significantly after that year. It's a wicked conference
to be in, but I think we're poised to fight our way up the ladder. One thing is certain: being in the P5 and especially being in the PAC is
highly, highly preferable to being a top team in the G5 tier of college
I am excited to see the utes have a solid 5 win season.
With Christensen becoming available and Whitingham's personal relationship
with him the real story, one worth writing about, would be why didn't
Whitingham hire Christensen. He proven himself as one of the best offensive
minds in the country.The staff at the U right now is fantastic. . .
let's hope the results improve. With the toughest schedule in the country
it might be tough to get to a bowl.
WhoRthe Thanks for the concern. Utah will be just fine. I'm
excited to see byu slide more into irrelevance than they already are. 7 of the
12 PAC coaches have already agreed that P-5 teams should not play against non-P5
teams. Guess which side of that fence byu is on? Not a big deal for the cougars
to not to play against P-5 teams in the future. They're already off to a
great start on that front.
It's tough in the PAC12, the Utes need to find their rhythm. It
doesn't matter though, we're in the PAC12 and that's all that
matters. We can lose every game but at least we're in the conference of
champions.Go PAC12 Utes!
Sounds like a friend just needed a job. Must be hard being a head coach and
giving the fired friend a top spot on your offense without looking kind of silly
in the process. I predict it doesn't go well. Because it was friendship,
not proven talent that got him the job. DC's head coaching record
isn't anything to write home about.
We will win tons of big boy teams this year.Go Utes!
Let see now, this is the guy that got fired from the wyoming cowboys correct ?
I've seen Christensen's Wyoming teams play BSU. His offense was bad.
“(Christensen) is, first of all, an established commodity,” says
WhittinghamIt really is Groundhog Day. Didn't he say the EXACT
same thing about Erickson coming in to save the day last year?
"To be fair, two of those seven OCs — Ludwig and Chow — left
Utah for other jobs, but the other five lost their jobs because the Ute offense
didn’t produce"Check your math Doug. The other FOUR lost
their jobs because the Utes didn't produce. Christensen would be the
seventh OC. @ ChristineYeah Whittingham did say the same
thing about Erickson. And...that might be because he IS an established
"I felt we needed to take another step forward and I wanted to get one voice
in the room that would run the show. We tried the co-coordinator thing and it
didn’t sit well with me."What was the first step forward?
Promoting Johnson? Having Co-coordinators? Every comment Ute fans make is we are
taking "another step forward". Get real, the program has being going
backwards. The last step forward was a BCS game and joining the PAC 12. Great
steps forward. But let's be honest it's been a down hill slide since
then. How about instead of "another step forward" we be honest and say
"make a change to turn things around". Admitting you have a problem is
the first step to fixing it.
Another new coach another year of mediocrity. Even if the guy is a genius
it'll take some time to get up to speed. Whitt hasn't done a good job
with his assistants, time to move on.
Capsaicin : "Because it was friendship, not proven talent that got him the
job. DC's head coaching record isn't anything to write home
about."DC was National Offensive Coordinator of the Year. Who
has been "writing home" about Robert Anae? Fired and re-hired expecting
magically something different.
Taylormade1 : "Let see now, this is the guy that got fired from the wyoming
cowboys correct"He was Head Coach at Wyoming. What's the
point?Anae was fired at BYU and you hired him back to the same
position two years later, correct?
Whitt is simply a genius coach, look at all he has done. Why there is any doubt
as to what the result will be when he hires a new offensive coordinator is
beyond me. Every offensive coordinator he has hired (and there have been a lot
of them) has lead us to at least a top 110 offense in the nation. There are
almost 130 teams so that means our offense has been better than almost 20 of
them, that's really good.We will probably go to the Rose Bowl
this year, if not the National Championship playoffs, if not we will still be in
the PAC 12 so what does it matter if we win anyway?
If this column were about BYU, the angle would be about how the new Cougar
offensive coordinator was bringing in a system that would be unstoppable. It wouldn't matter how many coordinators Bronco has burned through,
fired, or brought back.
@I Still Can't Say It "If this column were about BYU, the angle would
be about how the new Cougar offensive coordinator was bringing in a system that
would be unstoppable. It wouldn't matter how many coordinators Bronco
has burned through, fired, or brought back."Somehow you made it
about BYU anyway. Rolling my eyes.Perhaps this new OC at the U has a
good mind and only had mediocre talent to work with a at Wyoming; but will fare
better on the hill. We shall see. I'm wondering if KW will be given more
patience and time since he has new coaches this season.Will the ute
faithful tolerate another season under .500? Inquiring minds want to know.
@i still can't say itWell Bronco has fired exactly 1 offensive
coordinator, Doman, and he has brought back exactly 1, Anae. Bronco and
whittingham have been the head coaches at their respective schools for exactly
the same number of seasons. Fail.
Big 12, Yes the OC may have put 40 points up but he did it with top talent. U
does not have the talent to put up 40 points except against your rival Idaho
State. My guess - 13 points a game in the pac with a 2-7 pac
record.An OC a year does not give the cohesiveness that a big time
program needs. Chris Hill needs to clean house and start from scratch. After
this year Whit will not be the only one looking for a job. I see Hill going as
LOL, Ute fans are all hanging their entire success on assistant coaches that
got fired from their universities. I can't wait for the conference season
to start and listen to the crickets on the ute articles.
DuckhunterHighland, UT"Well Bronco has fired exactly 1
offensive coordinator, Doman, and he has brought back exactly 1, Anae."Not according to Mendencode. Doman's departure was a mutual
decision. Of course, Doman's version of the events was vastly different
which is what we have all come to know and love about Mendencode. The Anti ChrisSalt Lake City, UT"I can't wait for
the conference season to start and listen to the crickets on the ute
articles."It isn't Utah fans who are talking about an
undefeated season. Utah fans have learned the hard way that even the smallest
of weaknesses are identified and exploited in an elite conference. This season
is a monumental challenge for our Utes as it would be for any team and Utah fans
are clearly excited. byu fans such as yourself talk big about their
manufactured wins. If that's your idea of great football, fine.
You'll just have to take our word for it...being number with the elite is a
I guess the Jim Mora hire was a terrible decision because he was fired from not
1 but 2 football teams! I mean if he can't make it as a football coach in
the NFL, I guess he can't be a good coach elsewhere.BYU fans
need to worry about anae and the #1 most plays run in all of CFB with the middle
of the CFB offensive stats. I think having a diverse group of coaches is really
making recruiting interesting at the U. We are bringing in faster and better
players from areas the Utes never would have been able to recruit from.
Can't wait for the season to begin! Go Utes!
Quotes from the article:1. “The Utes haven’t finished in
the top 30 in total offense since 2005.”I’m sure they
weren’t in the prestigious PAC-10-2 then. So I guess they had a
WAC-a-mole schedule that year in the MWC/WAC, correct?2. “And
what Christensen wants to do is a no-huddle, up-tempo spread attack that runs
off 80-plus plays a game.”Uhhh, isn’t he copying that
the infamous “Go Fast, Go Hard” offense from down south on I-15?
Does this mean that the Utes will go fast, go hard AND go long next year? I suppose you could call that another “nuance,” or should we
TheGreatPAC12Salt Lake City, 00"We can lose every game but
at least we're in the conference of champions.Go PAC12 Utes!"Another Ute fan who 1) is into MORAL victories and 2) roots for the
PAC-12 before the beloved (?) Utes.How embarrassing. Go
OldbutnotstupidI'm sure there's no chance Thegreatpac12
guy is a BYU fan........sheeesh; figure it out.