We wanted to try something a little different as this off-season is getting underway. We asked ten questions of some of our Cougar contributors about the state of the BYU football program as well as what they say in 2012 and hope to see in 2013.
We will post one question with each response every day for the next ten weekdays. Make sure to check in every day to get your BYU Cougars update from our roundtable of Cougar faithful.
2. Now that the bowl game is over, describe your feelings about this football team in 2012.
If you follow me on Twitter I was very vocal of my disappointment of this season. I’m more frustrated than ever that this was a coaching issue more than anything. To me, it feels like Bronco basked in his nationally ranked powerhouse defense and could not have cared less about the offense.
Disappointing. History says we should have had an epic offensive season. Combined with the defense, this year could easily have been special. That said, disappointing seasons put programs under a microscope and facilitates generally positive long term changes. Perhaps the real measure of this season being truly devastating for the program cannot be assessed for a few more years. If a poor 2012 produces systemic changes that equate to long term positive trends, then seasons like this don’t have to be a disappointment beyond the season itself. Which is why I encourage Cougar fans to lay off the negative bashing that does nothing to foster improvements and only creates a toxic environment around the program. This year is an anomaly…let it go and Rise Up. Band of Brothers and all that good stuff.
(In my best Denny Green impression) “They (aren’t) who we thought they were.” I can only describe this season as probably the most disappointing season in my memory. There have been worse teams to take the field, but never did one so completely underwhelm my sensibilities as a Cougar fan as did this one.
Bronco Mendenhall’s actions over the next couple months will solidify how wasteful the 2012 season was. The failures of the offense have already wasted what could have been a once in a decade season. Bronco’s brilliant defense needed an average BYU offense to have a legitimate chance at running the table in 2012. If Bronco is unable to learn from his coaching staff’s failures, 2012 will surely spill over into 2013. Brandon Doman’s Poinsettia Bowl plan was as poorly built as anything he built this season. With a month to prep he chose to throw 44 times with two inadequate QB’s vs a 3-3-5 scheme that Bronco easily could have told him is susceptible to a power running game. BYU’s offensive line is below average but their size combined with Williams and returning starter Alisa should have been the focus over Lark and Nelson throwing 44 times vs. a scheme designed to blitz and disguise coverage. This is basic offensive coordinating. Somehow all of Doman’s struggles have been shielded by Riley Nelson’s pathetic play. In point of fact Doman was not only Riley’s QB coach but his offensive coordinator. His inability to build a productive offense with Hoffman, Apo, Williams, Nelson, Lark and Hill should be his undoing as BYU’s OC. If Bronco has a network of coaches, which is part of being a D1 head coach, he should be able to throw darts and find a more competent OC. If he decides Doman is a great guy and deserves another year, 2013 will be an extremely difficult season.
I’d imagine my feelings about the 2012 season are similar to most other BYU fans. We saw a defense that may have been the best BYU has ever had, but the offense was definitely in the bottom half of BYU offenses in my lifetime. Maybe in the bottom third or quarter as well. Overall, the team was still serviceable. Eight wins is nothing to sneeze at, but with the way we lost to Utah, Boise State, Notre Dame and San Jose State, it’s hard not to think about how close BYU was to a special season . . . instead of a “special” season.