Boise State: 6 different offensive coordinators since 2010

How are all you Boise State fans doing this summer/off-season? So I am sure like all of you, I am getting anxious for the Boise State season that starts in exactly 65 days!

Boise State offensive lineman Matt Paradis warms up before facing Colorado State in the first quarter of an NCAA football game in Fort Collins, Colo., on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Former Boise State offensive lineman and Superbowl 50 champion Matt Paradis

So the Broncos have a new offensive coordinator this year, Coach Zak Hill, a different one for the 6th time in this now…the 7th year of offense play-calling turnover.

TurnoverThe different coordinators have been:

  • 2010: Bryan Harsin
  • 2011: Brent Pease
  • 2012: Robert Prince
  • 2013: Robert Prince
  • 2014: Mike Sanford
  • 2015: Eliah Drinkwitz

So it’s fair to say that Bryan Harsin isn’t very happy with the instability in play-calling, and the learning curve that comes with it every year. Players have to get used to a different style and the lack of consistency prevents them from building strong relationships and reaching a unity/harmony that would be ideal for these players. Think about this, Kellen Moore had Bryan Harsin as his offensive coordinator three of his four years he played there (his next offensive coordinator had been on the staff too) – same type of play calling, way practices were ran, and they were able to work amazingly in-sync together. Imagine how much more successful you could be in high school if you had the same teacher you had great chemistry with, teaching you all of your subjects for all four years.

Hence Coach Harsin said he will be calling the plays this season. He mentioned to the Idaho Statesman that he had been very involved in developing game plans and suggesting things to Coach Sanford and Drinkwitz in the past, but it will be him calling the shots from the field this season. I have never been more confident in a play caller.

Bryan Harsin play caller

Why am I so confident you ask? Take a look at the numbers of BSU’s offense the past few years. Even with the frequent changes the past few years, the offense has still put up large numbers and prepare for that number to increase under Harsin’s play calling.

Total yds of offense

Total pts scored

Avg pts per game

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From the looks of this, things should be pretty good this year with the amount of offensive weapons that Boise State has and Harsin calling the shots. Rypien, Sperbeck, McNichols…with those 3 players returning Boise State’s offense could be one of the best in the country. Let’s hope they can secure the Mountain West and get a BCS bowl game!

Go Broncos!

Fiesta bowl champs

 

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Former Recruits and Coaches Deserve More Respect

I usually write very light articles with some laughter and fun in them. But in the last week somethings I have read on Twitter really irked me. We had a commit that for what ever reason left Boise for another school. Whether it was a coaching vacancy, a possible lack of playing time, or he liked the weather better in the other city it doesn’t matter. No 18-year-old should ever have to listen to multiple 30 something year-old fans talking crap or putting him down. These are 17/18 year old kids who are making a huge decision that may impact the rest of their lives. I don’t know about everyone else but it usually takes my wife and I an hour to decide where to go on date night or even what to eat for dinner. I couldn’t even imagine what goes through these kids heads in choosing a college to attend. To make a decision on where they will spend their next four years, where they will live, where they will study, where they will play and most importantly where they will grow as adults. Most of these kids will be away from their parents for an extended for the first time. Grown adults should never belittle, humiliate or make any child feel bad for a decision. These “adults” are the same people who at 18 only decision was what high school prank to pull off. These type of people are absolutely disgusting. They will be the reason why the NCAA may in the future put stronger regulations about the recruiting process. They may feel like not allowing the athletes to commit early would save them from the unnecessary scrutiny that comes with verbal commits. I know we all see this happen ever year on our timelines and it is absolutely sickening to those of us that are grown mature people.

Same goes with coaches that move on. Most coaches have a family that need to support. They do what is in the best interest for both them and their family. Sure it’s not all about money but let’s face it money is what makes the world go around. There is no need to criticize or talk crap to the coaches that leave. I’m sure a lot of people would leave their job for one that pays a lot more money.
Be proud of the organization that you support, and support them no matter what but most of all support the human behind that prospective play or coach. They are not just someone who we watch on game days, they are a human also. So let’s all act like adults and treat these kids/coaches with respect.

From the Outside Looking In

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We have all heard what great moments and memories that us Boise State faithful have had but what about others? How do fans of other teams feel about the Broncos? Are we hated? Liked? Do people even know who the Boise State Broncos are?

My first interview in this series was with Chris Warner. Chris is an actor, author, and  inspirational speaker. He has been in many movies and TV shows some of which include Sin City, No Country for Old Men, Harold and Kumar, Justified and NCIS: Los Angeles. He also had the joy/burden (lol) of playing football in the great state of Texas for seven years from Pop Warner all the way through high school. We all know that when it comes to football Texas is king. Mr Warner is also a huge Texas Longhorn fan as well as a proud Texas alumni and a complete fan of the sport itself.
Perception is almost everything when it comes to college sports. Kids have to have a good perception of a school in order to want to play there and fans have to believe in the school to live and die for that school. When I asked Chris of his perception about Boise State football he replied “I feel like they are a very solid football program overall, with EXCEPTIONAL offensive prowess” He went on to bring up what everyone says about our great program, with the location and climate of Boise, ID he is amazed at the talent that BSU brings in year after year after year. The talent rolls into Boise like it were a “Power Five” program. And his thoughts about the Famous Blue Turf??  He believes that from a marketing standpoint it was an extremely genius idea but from a viewer point of view not so much. “For me, the players get “lost” in the color of the field, no matter what color uniforms they are wearing, which makes it difficult to keep track of the game.”  Chris went on to say that he has no idea why other fans would have hate for the Broncos they way they do but did note “Not matter who you are, people always talk shit when you are at the top.”

I would like to thank Mr Warner for taking the time out of his busy schedule to get together with me to answer some questions and participate in this article with me. He also has a book coming out in March “Live Bully Proof” This book is a must buy. We have spoken a little bit about bullying in the past and he has some great points of view on the issue. Check him out on Twitter at @WarnerInc

Attack The Opponent (Bowl Edition!): Northern Illinois Huskies

The matchup with NIU has been years in the making. They’re another blue collar team from a small city, built on a reputation for giant killing. The Huskies are not “The Next Boise State,” they have forged their own identity. But it’s still the MAC.

The Huskies have had the same sort of trajectory over the last few years, a big win in a big bowl game, and the same kinda disappointing season where expectations were derailed but there have been flashes of brilliance. Their best game was a loss, coming within a score of Ohio State early in the season.

They lost to a tough Bowling Green in the MAC championship, lead by a fourth string walk-on QB and a fairly strong running attack. The Huskies defense is fairly stout, but hasn’t been really tested in a while outside of that last game.

As long as Boise State isn’t the team that distraction built, this game is a slight edge on paper to the Broncos. Their offense is just more explosive, and defense slightly more stout. However, there’s been some, uh, off the field distractions in the form of some legal issues, and a couple of important people to this team (no matter how little they would’ve played) aren’t with the team in San Diego.

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Good work, gentlemen. Betty White disapproves.

However, maybe these guys have learned how to focus down, have healed up, and are going to come out and put on a show. NIU has one of their scholarship QB’s back, and both teams are more than capable of scoring points both on the ground and through the air. They’ve got a rather impressive run game, so expect them to pop off for at least a few long runs. The real battle here is going to be on the lines though. Boise’s defensive line should cause havoc on a young QB, but theirs should technically do the same to Ryp. So who knows.

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We should prepare for the eventuality that this is the result and we have a 10-7 battle of the turnovers or something.

Either way, this game is going to be close enough to make both fan bases very uncomfortable, and might finally settle that question of who is the next Boise State (hint: It’s the team wearing Blue and Orange) to those on the other side of the country. NIU is a respectable program and will be a good matchup as both teams that didn’t quite live up to the lofty expectations that some of us had on them at the start of the season.

All of this is okay. Because 2016 is quickly approaching and while there are all of the questions right now and none of the answers going into next season, this game will give some young guys valuable experience, up to and including everybody on the coaching staff. The more they learn, the more dangerous they are.

Happy holidays, and Go Broncos!

 

 

BTN Predictions: Poinsettia Bowl vs. Northern Illinois

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Here we go with our last game predictions of the 2015 season!

Derek – Bowl games are always tricky.  You never know how motivated teams are going to be, who is going to be healthy by game-day, and what players are going to get in trouble before or during the bowl trip (Hi Tanner! Hi DSG!).  You are also playing an opponent that you are probably not very familiar with, and in this case  – have never played.

I think the Broncos will come out slow, but pick up steam as the game rolls on.  NIU plays a lo of man defense which should be good news for Ryp, and on offense they have major questions at QB and have had a tough time running the ball.  Boise State pulls away late, and ends up with nine wins to put the 2015 season to bed. Boise State 34 NIU 21

Jonathan –  I’ll be honest I didn’t watch a single game that NIU played in this year. I have not watched a single snap until it was announced they would be playing Boise State in this bowl. I have since looked up some stuff and have done a little research. They seem to be good. Better than maybe their record shows. I think this will be a tough close game with Boise squeaking out in the end. The Broncos have to gain momentum going into next season. I believe that they have the offense to score a lot of points and score them quickly. They just need to fine tune the minor things. But back to this bowl, Boise State wins in a tight one. Boise State 27 NIU 24

Noel – I don’t see the Poinsettia Bowl as a bad thing for the Broncos. I see the match up against the Huskies as an opportunity to prove what a dominant Group of 5 team Boise State is. Not that I had any doubts. I believe this won’t be close. The Broncos will be up by 21 by half and then a steady dose of McWeapon will finish Northern Illinois off. Rypien gets SWR back so add another tool to the box. The Huskies are down a couple of quarterbacks and, unless the triple option is a new staple of their offense, the Darien Thompson-led defense will play super-inspired.  If I remember right, a 9th win will give the Broncos 13 straight Senior classes with at least 40 wins. That’s going to happen. Boise State 45 Northern Illinois 24

Tami – This is an interesting match-up and statistically, a close one. Boise *should* win. However, it’s a bowl game coming after a month of distractions and anything can happen. We might have a Hawaii bowl situation going on, and must be prepared for that possibility. An entire off-season of listening to the media rattle about NIU out BSU-ing BSU sounds atrocious, so let’s hope the Broncos shut down the Huskies rushing attack and force them to pass, opening up scoring opportunities off turnovers and winning the battle of field position. Then the boys in Blue just need to keep their foot down. Boise State 38 Northern Illinois 28

Josh – I love the matchup, being that both teams are some of the best that “the Group of 5” has to offer. That being said, Boise State wins this. NIU is a great team, and almost had a chance at upsetting Ohio State this year, but their quarterback situation is in shambles. Who knows if the backup or the backup’s backup will be out there playing in this game…having Darian Thompson and Donte Deayon back will be a huge help to Boise State’s struggling pass-D. And the run-defense has been stout all year, Vallejo’s vacancy will feature a smooth transition with Joey Martarano filling it (hes done great all season, did you see his pick against SJSU??) If execution is there, this might be a blow out. Boise State 35 NIU 24