Talent level - the Buffs talent level is serious down from where it needs to be in order to be competing for conference championships and top 25 rankings. CU lacks depth and difference makers (not to say they don't have some but not enough). It is going to take several recruiting cycles to get this area back up. In the interim this coaching staff needs to maximize the production out of the existing talent(see attitude). I believe that Coach Embree understands this and has loaded his staff with recruiters and is focusing in Texas as well as California. Attitude - Coach Barnett use to say "They will take themselves much farther than you can ever take them." meaning the leadership on the team is crucial for success and that leadership has to come from the players and not just from the coaches. I believe this was Dan Hawkins biggest failing. He did not develop leadership on the team because he did not let them lead themselves - this was really shown in Hawkins final game. This is a tough area because Barnett also said that every team is different and you never new how it would turn out. I think this is going to be one of the biggest challenges for Embree this upcoming season - it is going to be hard to change the culture. I think that is one of the reasons he asked some guys to leave. Football Fundamentals - We saw the lack of this on special teams the last 5 years and I think it occurred in many other areas. The oline should of been much better than it was and none of the units (offense, defense and special teams) every played cohesively throughout a game. This will be interesting and hopefully fun to watch this play out over the next few years. I am hoping by year three we start seeing the signs of real progress.