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    BYU football - back to the future with Anae?

    My initial reaction: this may well be better than the current situation, but I'm by no means convinced that it's the best thing for the program to do.

    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/7...ordinator.html

    BYU football: Anae may be returning to BYU as offensive coordinator
    By Jeff Call, Deseret News

    PROVO — As part of a major reshuffling of the offensive coaching staff, it appears BYU is poised to bring back a familiar face.

    Robert Anae, who served as the Cougars' offensive coordinator from 2005-2010 before resigning to take a job at Arizona, will return as BYU's new offensive coordinator, sources told the Deseret News.

    Anae was scheduled to arrive in Provo Friday morning for a round of interviews. If things go smoothly, an announcement could come as soon as Friday afternoon.

    Along with offensive coordinator responsibilities, Anae would also serve as BYU's offensive line coach, sources said.

    Brandon Doman, who spent the past two seasons as BYU's offensive coordinator, is expected to retain his role as quarterbacks coach, according to sources.

    Anae has been the offensive line coach and running game coordinator at Arizona from 2011-2012.

    BYU reached out to Anae and wanted him back in the program, sources said, to jumpstart a Cougar offense that struggled in 2012. Going into the bowl season, BYU ranked No. 56 nationally in total offense, No. 51 in passing offense, and No. 65 in scoring offense.

    Changes in the offensive coaching staff have been expected for a while. Last October, athletic director Tom Holmoe expressed his frustration with the offense's performance during a season that saw the Cougar defense rank in the top 5 nationally in several categories.

    "I think there will be some changes that take place between this year and next year that will help our team in many ways, in different aspects, from technical details to things that will be noticeable," Holmoe told the Deseret News at that time. "It will be good."

    BYU finished with an 8-5 record in 2012, including four losses by a combined 13 points.

    After the Cougars defeated San Diego State, 23-6, in the Poinsettia Bowl, Mendenhall announced that longtime assistant Lance Reynolds was retiring after 31 years in the program. Reynolds has been BYU's tight ends coach the past two seasons.

    Mark Weber has been the Cougars' offensive line coach, Joe DuPaix has coached the running backs, and Ben Cahoon has overseen the receivers.

    During his first tour of duty as an assistant coach at BYU, which began in 2005 when coach Mendenhall was hired as head coach, Anae was the offensive coordinator and the inside receivers coach.

    Under Anae, BYU tight ends Johnny Harline and Dennis Pitta earned All-Mountain West Conference accolades six times. Harline was a first-team All-American in 2006 and Pitta was a consensus All-American in 2009.

    During Anae's six seasons as offensive coordinator, BYU earned top-25 NCAA offensive statistical rankings 28 times. The Cougars were ranked in the top 25 in third-down efficiency in each of Anae's six seasons, including a No. 1 ranking in 2009. BYU was No. 2 in the country in that category in 2006 and 2008. The Cougars achieved a top-6 passing ranking three times — in 2005, 2006 and 2008.

    As an assistant, Anae played a big role in one of BYU's most successful stretches in school history — four consecutive seasons of at least 10 wins from 2006-2009.

    As a player, Anae was also part of the Cougar team that won the national championship in 1984. He played on BYU's offensive line from 1981-84 and earned second-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors in 1984.
    The word you are looking for is very probably "complement", not "compliment". As in "Favors and Kanter will likely complement each other nicely". Although... depending on how impressive a given play is, they may compliment each other nicely as well.

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    This is a really weird development. I think Doman has been hampered with a lack of QB talent. I think he has gotten better, so I'd hate to give up on him now. Anae was very undervalued though.

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    This would be hilarious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UGLI baby View Post
    This would be hilarious.
    I would normally tell you to eat a dick but ...... I agree it is hilarious

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    + Anae likes to throw the ball and the QBs won't get wrecked under his system.

    + Anae is a good O-Line coach.

    + Anae's offense means the O-Line splits wide which masks poor O-Line play. BYU won't have to put their O-Line on the Slim fast diet again. O-Lineman just weren't meant to be small.

    + Doman at least has the experience of calling plays now and they might actually be able to help each other figure out the weak points in the different styles.

    + Doman has always been well thought of as a QB coach.

    - Dink and dunk is still not the perfect offense but hopefully Doman's input and a few years of Anae thinking about things and being around Arizona's coaches will help the style a bit.


    Works for me.

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    They should bring back Jamie Hill too. Also on another note, Tom Holmoe tweets like a highschool girl.

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    Assuming that Bronco and keep the defense rolling, I think with Anae our O will be average. Which should make BYU pretty good.
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    C'mon guys, if BYU can do an about face after only 2 years and bring Anae back after 2 seasons, they can also rejoin a Mountain West Conference that now boasts Boise State as a long term member, not to mention natural rivals Utah State and Hawaii.

    As a Ute fan, I'm troubled by this hiring. Anae was by no means perfect, but playing his offenses were much more problematic than facing Doman's offenses. Hartsock said Doman may have been hampered by lack of QB talent. Say what you want about Heaps' maturity and level of committment, but Doman was handed the top rated QB recruit in the nation and didn't handle him very well. I think there's plenty of blame to give both sides on that one.

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    Forgot 1 +. The Polynesian angle. BYU certainly doesn't struggle to get Polys here, but having Anae and Mark Atuaia now on staff along with Kaufusi is huge. Both Hawaii guys where BYU recruiting hasn't been so hot lately. Any time you get Kahuku high school and that general area over there tilted back your way again is a huge coup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzman12 View Post
    Anae was by no means perfect, but playing his offenses were much more problematic than facing Doman's offenses.
    No argument there.

    Quote Originally Posted by jazzman12
    Hartsock said Doman may have been hampered by lack of QB talent. Say what you want about Heaps' maturity and level of committment, but Doman was handed the top rated QB recruit in the nation and didn't handle him very well. I think there's plenty of blame to give both sides on that one.
    Perhaps, but I think it became pretty clear that Heaps had been seriously overrated. Or do you think he's going to do awesomely at Kansas next year? I certainly don't.
    The word you are looking for is very probably "complement", not "compliment". As in "Favors and Kanter will likely complement each other nicely". Although... depending on how impressive a given play is, they may compliment each other nicely as well.

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    Monson is now reporting this as a done deal.

    http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars...nsive.html.csp

    Monson: Robert Anae gets a strange mulligan at BYU

    The facts that BYU’s offense was an embarrassment this past season and that Bronco Mendenhall doesn’t have a brain for offensive football led to Friday’s curious news that Robert Anae will be returning as the Cougars’ offensive coordinator.

    Another factor: BYU must have had few options, unable to find and lure another offensive-minded coach, in the Cougar tradition, to come to Provo to rescue the phase of the game that boosted the program’s profile under LaVell Edwards.

    Instead, the school lurched back for a retread, a coordinator who exited BYU at the end of 2010, after a season during which Anae stacked and lit the offense into a burning heap. Seared into memory is the way the attack that year stumbled through the Cougars’ first seven games, against more challenging opponents, when the team fell to 2-5, and the offense at that time spiraled downward to the bottom of national rankings in total offense, scoring offense, passing offense and passing efficiency.

    Remember, Anae had been a proponent and defender of BYU’s ill-advised move to use two quarterbacks early that season, ineffectively splitting time between Riley Nelson and Jake Heaps. He spun the foolishness of that decision straight to the end, wholly missing the error in judgment, saying it was "the exact course to take."

    He also said: "There’s bound to be a bunch of second-guessing when you’re not successful. But there’s no doubt in my mind that we did the right thing for our team."

    His certainty was flat-out odd. Even Mendenhall disagreed, admitting that splitting time was a mistake.

    Anae also struggled with his play-calling, sometimes concocting detailed plans for an upcoming opponent and then switching his emphasis at the last moment before a game. Other assistants on staff, as well as players, were frustrated and baffled by some of the coordinator’s decisions. One knowledgeable assistant, asked after a loss about Anae’s play-calling in critical situations, quietly shook his head in disapproval.

    Seasoned offensive leaders, such as John Beck and Max Hall, had the gravitas to intercede and alter some of Anae’s spontaneous ideas and, under those QBs, BYU’s offense flourished. But later, players who lacked that experience, heft and confidence suffered from them. The records the Cougars put up over the first few years with Anae were impressive. But when those veterans graduated, the success, especially against tougher teams, dried up.

    Equally problematic, Anae had a manner that was difficult for some in the program to handle. Many players disliked him. He had the charisma of a pile of bricks, the bearing of a glacial drift. He inspired his underlings with the heavy drag of a rack of blades turning soil hitched behind a plow horse. He was solemn and stubborn, not inspiring, and … let’s just say communication skills weren’t his strength.

    Now, he’s back. Anybody in Provo thrilled with that? If they are, it’s an indictment on and a desperate declaration regarding how stupid things got under Brandon Doman.

    Anae, who played on BYU’s 1984 national championship team and was hired initially alongside Mendenhall by athletic director Tom Holmoe at the end of 2004, spent the past couple of seasons at Arizona as the offensive line coach. Maybe during that time he thought through and learned from some of his mistakes in Provo the first time around. Maybe he rounded out his game. He’s an intelligent man, a good man. But can he effectively and consistently coordinate an offense? Can he inspire players to be better than they would be otherwise? Can he beat the better teams the Cougars will face in the seasons ahead, the way great BYU offensive minds of the past used to do?

    Back in 2005, at the start of his first fall camp as OC at BYU, Anae said he looked forward to regenerating the Cougars’ old ways: "This new offense that we’re running right now originated here on this campus. It was LaVell’s. I’m excited to have the chance to bring this thing back to where it belongs - its home."

    Well. Welcome to Robert Anae’s return. Look for him to have a firm grip on that offense, be it for the positive or the negative, separate and apart from Mendenhall, who has repeated over and over that he doesn’t get offensive football, certainly not the way forward-thinking coaches did back in the old days.

    The Cougars had best hope Anae does. And that the mulligan he’s been given turns out better than his first shank into the tall grass.
    The word you are looking for is very probably "complement", not "compliment". As in "Favors and Kanter will likely complement each other nicely". Although... depending on how impressive a given play is, they may compliment each other nicely as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzman12 View Post
    C'mon guys, if BYU can do an about face after only 2 years and bring Anae back after 2 seasons, they can also rejoin a Mountain West Conference that now boasts Boise State as a long term member, not to mention natural rivals Utah State and Hawaii.

    As a Ute fan, I'm troubled by this hiring. Anae was by no means perfect, but playing his offenses were much more problematic than facing Doman's offenses. Hartsock said Doman may have been hampered by lack of QB talent. Say what you want about Heaps' maturity and level of committment, but Doman was handed the top rated QB recruit in the nation and didn't handle him very well. I think there's plenty of blame to give both sides on that one.
    Heaps was handled god awful terribly. Thats just a fact, he was coddled, given special treatment, and didnt perform. His teammates ended up resenting him for it. If he would have redshirted and worked hard like everyone else there isnt a doubt in my mind he would have been a pretty good QB. Doman also had terrible QB's, a terrible O line, and average RB's until williams came along and showed some life.

    I think Anae is a good coach and I'm not that upset about him coming back, but I think Doman, who has his faults, is kind of a scapegoat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hartsock View Post
    I think Anae is a good coach and I'm not that upset about him coming back, but I think Doman, who has his faults, is kind of a scapegoat.
    On the radio this morning they brought up a good point. What if Bronco told Doman that Riley was the QB, no questions asked? If Doman wanted someone else (Hill) but wasn't allowed to play him until Riley practically couldn't walk, someone else really is to blame. It's no secret that Bronco had a huge woody for Riley.

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    I predict fewer conference wins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chad Feldheimer View Post
    I predict fewer conference wins.
    How do you get fewer than zero?

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