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Michael K.: Again There is No Sound of Panic

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  1. allbuffs

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    Again There is No Sound of Panic
    By Michael Krumholtz

    Familiar words buzz through the microphone-loaded room

    “Obviously I’m disappointed with our performance on Saturday,” said CU Head Coach
    Jon Embree. “But I was pleased with how our younger kids played.”

    A few days removed from his team’s tumble against Colorado State, Embree speaks to a
    group of reporters and fans with a doubtless tone at his weekly luncheon. And though he
    seems more ragged and tired than the day he took this job, like a doomed ship’s captain
    who has grown wise after years of sailing menacing tides, his attitude beats constant.

    Embree remains optimistic, almost to a stubborn point, about building his Alma Mater
    up to a competitive stature. He said he still believes this will be a bowl-eligible team by
    season’s end.

    “Trust me it’s personal with me about this job, about getting it right,” Embree said when
    asked what he could say to his fans upon the 0-1 start. “I’m not going to change my
    standard, I’m not going to change my expectations. We should expect to go to a bowl
    game every year.”

    If that prediction is to culminate into reality, then a win against FCS opponent
    Sacramento State would seem a necessary step. The Hornets lost by 30 last week to
    New Mexico State and might find it a little tougher to breathe in the fourth quarter while
    playing 5,400 feet above sea.

    Embree’s Buffs have worked all week to fine-tune the conspicuous weaknesses that
    marred a beat-up from little brother.

    To begin, the offensive line needs to find motivation from a performance in which it’s
    running backs averaged two yards per carry. Especially since the athleticism on the
    offense’s edge continues to be a loud weakness, the offensive line must find ways to push
    opposing lines backwards.

    “If you can’t run the ball, it’s going to be hard to win,” admitted Embree. “I think we’ve
    run the ball effectively two times now in 14 games. That’s not good enough.

    On the opposite end, the stoic but thin front-seven will be key to working in a youthful
    secondary, helping to pressure Hornets quarterback Garrett Safron, who is apt to
    scrambling. The defense’s faculty to pressure Safron will prove vital to getting the Buffs
    a mark in the win column.

    Embree notes that his long history with CU, both as player and coach, has challenged his
    football faith with riddling results. An 18-28 record while excelling at tight end under
    Bill McCartney has carried over to a 3-11 record as the program’s main man. Persistent
    in his philosophy and calm in his restless want for a winning team, the head coach continues
    to believe in a hardworking group.


    “If you start changing your goals and your standards you’re not going to be successful
    in anything you do,” said Embree. “I learned that early as a player going through some
    of the things I went through here. It was difficult times. To me it’s a no-brainer, you just
    keep grinding.”

    A young crop of 13 freshmen, who are a major part of the project for success, got their
    first game action in Denver. How much improvement comes from players like Kenneth
    Crawley, Gerald Thomas, and Marques Mosley will be telling for the substance of the
    Buffs 2012 story.

    Embree still has a lot of fight left in him. His army of black-shirted buffaloes (which,
    keep in mind, is one of the youngest teams in all of the FBS) may be impressionable
    enough to mirror his will.

    “It’s OK to be disappointed,” Embree told his players after the Rocky Mountain
    Showdown. “But don’t be discouraged. Discouragement leads to failure.”
     
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  2. Goose

    Goose Hoops Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    Good stuff Michael!
     
  3. dio

    dio Admin Club Member Junta Member

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    Glad they're not panicking, because we sure are :lol:
     
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    I'm already sick of the youth excuse. Last time I checked we had zero Freshman play on the offensive line and that way by far our worst unit last Saturday.
     
  5. SuperiorBuff

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    Youth never excuses being out-coached.
     
  6. Darth Snow

    Darth Snow Hawaiian Buffalo Club Member Junta Member

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    Only way to temper my fears/panic for our O this season: put up 50 on sac state. and it still won't mean ****, but it will give a glimmer of hope.
     
  7. CUFan

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    I'm panicking.

    P.S. I was going to upload an image, but it appears I can no longer uplaod an image from disk.
     
  8. J.R. Ewing

    J.R. Ewing Club Member Club Member

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    That sounds like a pretty serious computer problem. I'd panick if I was you.
     
  9. BuffClass90

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    Well written Michael, but I don't know what your signature line means.
     
  10. dply

    dply Doble hoja Club Member

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    A play off of this meme I think:

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  11. Buffalo Brad

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    Nice first article! I will say, most are just tired of the losing and the excuses, being young as an example. Getting beat by the Ewes this year creates a lot of panic, they are a bad football team. Scares the **** out of everyone that we have the wrong coaches and we will be going through this until Dec 2013 and then start the process over with a whole new staff heading intom2014. That would be almost 15 years of craptastic football in Boulder.
     
  12. Scotch

    Scotch Registered User Club Member Junta Member

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    Good article Michael!!
     

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