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My #1 fear was completely evident last night

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by goldy21, Sep 4, 2015.

  1. goldy21

    goldy21 Well-Known Member

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    I had one huge fear about this team. I wanted to bring it up weeks ago but everyone was gulping down the Kool-aid in such quantities that I didn't want to be a buzzkill. But after last night it's so apparent that we have a huge problem that simply won't be corrected over the course of the season. It's built into the DNA of this team and I'm positive that there's no cure for it.

    We are SOFT. We have NO EDGE whatsoever and it starts with the man in charge. Mr. Happy Go Lucky Mike Mac does not know how to build a team of hard-nosed bad-a**es, which is the ONLY way to claw back to respectability.

    To give an extreme comparison, as an undergrad I worked for the UF athletic department and spent time with the football program under Urban Meyer. I was in several meetings with him and was around the program enough to get a feel for what a truly elite program feels like. Now I'll be the first one to admit that CU is not getting the same caliber of athlete that UF does and I'm not trying to make an apples to apples comparison, but there are fundamental building blocks that a team needs and that guy is a master of forming that foundation. From the moment he walks into a room you can see he just exudes intensity and focus. Urban was wildly successful at Bowling Green even though he kicked almost 1/3 of the squad off the team. He went undefeated at Utah with mediocre athletes. You know why? Because he expects nothing less than absolute relentless effort and passion from everyone from the janitors to the training staff to the starting QB. If you show even an ounce of hesitation or weakness, he will expose, challenge and exploit that weakness until you get it fixed. And if you don't get it fixed? You're done. You're buried. And in some cases, you're kicked out of the organization. You are a pariah--a barnacle on his speedboat and he will do anything he can to shake you.

    The first offseason Urban was at UF he organized "mat drills", which were basically no-holds barred wrestling matches between players in the same general weight class. But you know what? Sometimes a 230 lb had to fight a 315 lb o-lineman because...hey...that's what happens on the field. (Tebow kicked the crap out of guys and actually had to be banned from mat drills, which is a point I'll touch on below). There's another drill he does where guys fight over a tire. It's just pure, unbridled, unrestrained aggression. Winners in these and other competitions are made to feel like kings. Losers eat hot dogs and get shoved to the side. He cuts straight to the core of the human soul and psyche and instills toughness and competitiveness in every player.

    We have a soft team. We've got a bunch of nice guys. Nice, gentle people don't win football games. No one is nicer and gentler than our starting QB. Not once did I see him last night and notice any fire or any intensity, either on the field or on the sidelines. I was absolutely dying to see him level a Hawaii DB in the open field to fire the team up. He doesn't have to be a screaming lunatic, but show me something! Spruce is a nice guy. Adkins is a nice guy. Nembot is nice. But we can't have nice in between the lines. Who do we have on that side of the ball who shows any nastiness? Who looks in his teammates' eyes and says, "put the team on my shoulders"? I just don't see anyone with that innate trait and the coaches have failed miserably to recruit and cultivate it.
     
  2. Fight CU

    Fight CU Club Member Club Member

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  3. JWP303

    JWP303 Active Member

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    I'm with you - the worst part about this team is seeing the clueless indifference that defined the Dan Hawkins era.

    But we had the polar opposite guy in Embree who exuded real passion, and had a staff of passionate guys, who were totally over matched and out-schemed by their counterparts and things were actually worse. So there needs to be a happy medium of intensity and skill, which we have been searching for since Gary Barnett was shown the door.
     
  4. azbuff

    azbuff Club Member Club Member

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    I agree with your general sentiment, but Sefo did level a Hawaii DB in the open field. This team just isn't tough. In thousands of hours of watching football, I have never seen the amount of finger pointing I saw from our offense last night. That is panzy ****. Man up and do it together.
     
  5. rynobuff

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    Makes me wish Embree didn't bring EB with him and that we could have EB on the staff now instead. Need that type of passion somewhere on the offense.
     
  6. TSchekler

    TSchekler Darth's Hero Club Member

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    Guys, talk all you want about the team being soft, but that had little to nothing to do with losing that game. We weren't out physicaled and they weren't tougher than us. They simply made fewer mistakes, turned the ball over 1 less time and didn't commit penalties in the most inopportune moments like we did (or didn't depending on how you agree with the calls).

    Our OL play was horrid because they seemed confused all night, not because we were soft. When Lindgren decided to run the ball, we were absolutely dominating the LOS and picking up chunk after chunk. At the end of the day, even with how poorly we played (probably the worst all around game in the MM era) we were 7 yards away from potentially tying the game on the last play.

    No amount wrestling matches or tire fights in the offseason would have changed how the team played last night.
     
  7. CUBUFF80

    CUBUFF80 No Stinkin' Title Club Member

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    Great post and, sadly, spot on.
     
  8. goldy21

    goldy21 Well-Known Member

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    I probably missed it because I had my head in my hands all night!
     
  9. BuffUp

    BuffUp W.T.T.F. Club Member

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    Its a little of both. csu pushed our guys all over the field last year like we were a blocking sled and yea we have no nasty.. never heard awinis name called remember the hype? Powell is soft and goes down easy for his size.
     
  10. goldy21

    goldy21 Well-Known Member

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    Having an "edge" and being tough is not just about the physical aspect of play. It's a mentality. It's having the precise focus and determination on every play and having the will to do whatever's necessary to get the job done. It's about attacking and playing on honed instinct instead of thinking and that's where the O-line's confusion comes in. I just get the the feeling that we don't have many of those guys. I think the best guy we've got in that department is Moeller. I see flashes of it from McCartney, Kelley, Spruce, Lindsey and Thompson.
     
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  11. 14er

    14er “Imitation is suicide.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Awini was injured and didn't play.
     
  12. azbuff

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    This. The team is not mentally tough. The team has a victim's mentality. An effing football team with a victim's mentality.
     
  13. Darian3Hagan

    Darian3Hagan '89 Player of the Year Club Member

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    Traits of a young team amirite?
     
  14. leftybuff

    leftybuff Iconoclast Club Member

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    They should be called the CU Ponce de Leon's...
     
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    Clean Undies Flagship of the 12-Pac Club Member

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