In reading all of the articles following the disheartening loss last week, my positive outlook has been somewhat dampened. I understand the feeling of a coach that there is often more to learn from a loss than a win, but the comments Bronco has been making this week, as well as some of the players, make me feel like they almost wanted to lose.
Bronco has repeatedly referred to the early losses in the last two seasons and how they allowed the team to see their weaknesses and improve for the rest of the season. You can’t argue with the results the last two years, but is it really necessary to actually lose to learn these things?
I would have thought close games with Northern Iowa and a weak Washington team would have provided ample opportunities to learn about your weaknesses. This says a lot to me about the coach's abilities.
Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge Bronco Mendenhall fan, but it seems this team is content with being an average team instead of the great team they had the potential to be. I don’t believe for a second that this team is not as good as everyone thought, and to hear Max Hall say that really doesn’t make sense.
You are only as good as you believe you are, so if you come out and say we really aren’t that good, what does that say to your teammates? Anyone who has watched this team play knows the talent level is there. What was lacking this week was the right attitude.
I will be a BYU fan until the day I die, no matter how good they are or what their record is. It would just be nice to hear a little bit of fire from some of the players. The coach needs to stay even keel and keep everything in perspective, but the players need to get fired up and emotional in order to do great things.
Unfortunately, this team seems content to be average and make, at best, another trip to Las Vegas—but that isn’t even within their control anymore.