BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall and offensive coordinator Brandon Doman both took the blame Monday for the knee injury suffered by quarterback Taysom Hill that ended his season. Hill will undergo surgery soon and is expected to be out four to six months. Mendenhall and Doman both said it was a miscommunication from the sideline in that Hill thought a rolling the clock signal meant continue to run a play. When the coaches signaled the “victory formation” Hill had already looked away. They were unable to call a timeout in time.
Doman is clearly distraught over the situation saying he’s not sure he’ll ever get over it. I believe him. The fact is however that a huge mistake happened that cost a kid his season. It’s just one of several mishaps the BYU coaching staff has made regarding the quarterback situation from running off Jake Heaps, to instilling a quarterback in Riley Nelson who can’t throw, to changing it’s offensive philosophy to emphasize a running quarterback to the latest debacle that has left Hill injured. While the defense continues to carry this team–the offense is a mess. For all the good Mendenhall has done as the defensive coordinator this year it’s time for him to step up as a head coach, manage Doman and figure out the identity and direction of his offense–ASAP. If not the losses will begin to rack up and the fans will continue to get restless. And rightfully so.