That’s right, I said it. BYU is playing lights out right now and deserve all the credit in the world.
Bronco Mendenhall made the decision to fire defensive coordinator Jaime Hill after BYU lost to Utah State in week 5.
Since then, BYU’s defense has been solid, and Jake Heaps has become very comfortable.
True, BYU is now into the soft part of their schedule and haven’t beaten a team they shouldn’t have, but they aren’t winning by 3 either. The last 2 weeks, BYU has won their games by an average of 43.5 points.
Sound like another team around here?
I seem to recall another Utah team that was averaging a 30+ margin of victory through 8 games. AVERAGED!!! And that was with a 3 point win and a 5 point win.
The Utes struggles can be tracked with pin-point accuracy to their game against Air Force. Utah thinks that they need to change their entire identity due to their sheer fear of the Falcons.
Every tiny trace of momentum the Utes had gained with their new found offensive success this season was thrown out the window by the coaching staff.
They switched their defensive scheme to match Air Force’s run game (which was already top 5 in the nation stopping the run).
They switched from the relentless passing attack that had carried them to the top 10.
Watching the last 2 Utah games following the Air Force game, has been excruciatingly painful. Dave Schramm, offensive coordinator for Utah, has returned to the stagnant check down passing scheme that destroyed the Utes’ offensive production in 2009.
Until Utah realizes that their issues are directly the result of HORRIBLE play calling and lack of courage to make changes, they will continue losing.
I know I’m not alone here when I say I am calling for the head of Dave Schramm on a cheap, wooden, plaque.