Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Why our defense is bad part two: Coaching

What does every opponent of BYU have in common?

They all hate BYU. At least the MWC ones.

BYU has been beating up on these MWC schools for years and years. We’ve run up the score, we’ve broken records at their expense, we’ve ruined magical seasons, and the list goes on.

The most recent inductee into the “I hate BYU” Hall of Fame is TCU, which reportedly has been practicing with BYU helmets on their tackling dummies since spring time.

Apparently our last two wins in 2006 and 2007 didn’t sit well with the froggies.

Whatever they did worked, because they hit us in 2008 like a Mack truck. They punched is in the kidneys, took our juice money and made out with our girlfriend right in front of us. They ruined our season, in fact, and you could tell they just loved every minute of it.

The players were fired up, the fans were fired up and TCU coach Gary Patterson wore the smirk of a satisfied man who had just accomplished a very big goal.

I’ve accepted the loss, but there’s one thing I still can’t figure out: Why weren’t we prepared for that game?

And why weren’t we prepared for UNLV? Or CSU?

I’ve gotta be honest, I’m a little disappointed in our defensive coaching staff. And yes, that includes Bronco Mendenhall. Our staff has simply been out-coached in the past three games; there’s no other way to say it. The opposing coaching staff has been outworking their BYU counterparts, and it’s showing on the field and on the scoreboard.

How many weeks in a row now have we seen an offensive package tailor-made for BYU? TCU comes out running a direct snap to their speedy wide receiver, New Mexico comes out passing the ball when everyone thought they would run it, UNLV makes sharp, quick throws to take advantage of our cushion defense, and CSU runs gadget plays that completely catch us off guard.

The result? Less than stellar wins (and one huge loss) for the Cougs.

I just don’t understand how BYU can be caught so consistently off guard. It’s like every week we are surprised that the other team isn’t doing exactly what we thought they would do. Our defense is surprised far too often.

The bottom line, like I’ve said before, is that BYU needs to realize that they are on everyone’s radar. Teams are going to do things against BYU that they’ve never done before. We saw it in the Tulsa game last year, and we’ve seen it in just about every game we’ve played this year. The coaches need to realize that every team in the MWC hates us, and wants to beat us badly.

Get some emotion back on the sidelines, play aggressively and stomp on the throats of the CSUs and UNLVs of the world. Come on, coaches, get it together.


Anonymous said...

Adam, you've answered your own question. The reason we haven't been prepared is because we don't know what's going to come at us. How do you study for an exam if you don't know whether it's going to be on physics or spanish? There's only so much the coaches can anticipate week to week, and then try to make in-game adjustments. Every team that plays us prepares like it's their Super Bowl, throws everything they can think of at us, and we are still winning (with one glaring exception). Also, at least in the CSU game, execution blunders on offense contributed largely to the final score. It wasn't all on the defense. Are there areas where the team can improve, coaches included? Yes. Am I still incredibly pleased to be 8-1? Absolutely.

Rock said...

One thing the coaching staff seems to not understand is that just because we play very conventional on offense, it doesn't mean everyone else will.

After the TCU game, the coaching staff says they got beat on a bunch of trick plays. They say it surprised them. Then we go play at CSU, and they give us a heck of a game by doing "gadget plays." Didn't they say they learned their lesson against TCU?

Beyond all that, why didn't we learn our lesson against Tulsa last year?

Mike said...

I totally agree. And here is the thing, why not just try completely new stuff? Why not take some risks at this point. We haven't been stopping teams anyway, we might as well do something risky on defense with the chance that we come up with something good.

Shawn M. Ballard said...

Adam - I love your blog. It is exactly what I need after a long day at the office. Thanks for keeping me up to date in the world of sports especially in the BYU world of sports.

Jen said...

Hey Adam, IT IS WHAT IT IS!!! Hang in there!

Mike Smith said...

I think that the coaching staff is starting to realize that emotion has to be part of the game, as you can tell from Bronco's change in attitude about celebrating victories. However, you also need to remember that there are second and third stringers (Taylor last week) and some of our stars our playing through injuries because they still out perform their healthy backups. In my opinion, the injuries are what have plagued our defense. If you noticed, the coaching staff did try to make adjustments. They introduced the nickel package. After the TCU game, you notice that corners are closer and playing man at times. I think that we really miss a good linebacking corp that can cover the flats and lateral runs (how many end arounds go for 5+ yards?). We just don't have the personnel and the experience right now. I think that next year, we will see a much improved defense and if that is the case, BYU will be awesome.

Triz said...

Adam, you are SOOOO negative and it sickens me. I can't believe you'd ever say anything critical of the team or coaching staff. You have lost ALL credibility with me.