It's a complex issue, but some have really overreacted.
Many CBers extrapolated something that was mainly intended to speak to the 2010 and 2011 senior classes, and somehow interpreted it to mean that I gave Bronco a full pass on anything and everything that happened in the program since 2005. Of course I never said that. I do think we need to be patient and see how a few more senior classes develop. Bronco has had great senior classes and many strong NFL prospects between 2005-2009. So, let's see how his senior classes after 2011 work out - but that's foolish, pollyannaish, and blue-goggled, right?
I'm accused of being a "blind apologist," but the reaction I got made me believe that there are actually a lot of "blind critics" on CB - whose opinions have more to do with Utah/Boise State jealousy than anything actually substantive about BYU, IMO.
Based on the attrition of 2004-2005 I think it's pretty inarguable that our 2010 and 2011 senior classes would be weak. As a result, we would play underclassmen with less experience and less skill development those seasons. And it was always going to be quite likely that our NFL draft prospects for those seasons would suffer. The only way around that was to recruit a ton of non-LDS guys - Exactly the thing that got Crowton in trouble to begin with!
I do think the coaches have used the JV route pretty well to plug some holes in the interim, but the long-term recruiting strategy of primarily LDS, mission-bound kids meant that we would hit a gap at year 6 and 7.
Inevitably someone will respond to this argument with a list of names - "What about XXX, or YYY, ZZZ? Why didn't they get drafted in 20XX? HUH?!?!?" Or, "The fact is Utah and TCU have done _____, and Bronco hasn't done _____!!!!"
It's a complex issue. My theory doesn't answer everything and every criticism, but I still think it's a correct theory. I just tend to think a bit more patience is in order before reaching conclusions about where BYU is headed under Bronco. But I'm just a blind apologist and pollyanna, apparently. Sorry for the "scare" palangi