1. Cultural Change This is an area that does not get talked about much but to me is where success starts. Having a culture and a climate that demands your best is paramount to reaching your goals. The culture for the CU football program had been pretty much left for dead. Embree as a founder of Buff 4 Life knows there is an intangible in being a Buff and a lot of that had been lost. Connecting with former Buffs was easy for Embree and his staff. Getting that down to the players was a bigger challenge that only started happening at the last part of the season. Playing an entire game with the required effort only started happening at the USC game and was seen against Utah and Arizona with some backsliding at UCLA. Embree has laid out the goals and expectations and we are starting to see the result of that but the results are small but appear to be going in the right direction. All 28 seniors are graduating so that is a great indicator of doing things the right way. Grade B- Would of been lower without the Utah road win. I expect the Culture will be flipped by the 3rd season. Evidence of improvement is the recruits talking about the family atmosphere. 2. Coaching Staff - Player Development. This one is almost too early to grade after just one year. All the coaches on this staff have coached previously at high levels (Except Kanavis) so they know the fundamentals of football. I expect to see more this season. Grade Incomplete Just did not know where to go with this one. Maybe could have given a grade based upon getting players into unfamiliar roles and having them compete. 3. Coaching Staff - Game Day Coaching I thought this staff did an okay job on game day coaching. EB as a first time OC I thought called some very good games on the offensive side of the ball. On defense it is really hard to evaluate. I think very few realize how little talent that CU had on defense. I thought the defensive coaches did okay with what they had to work with but that excuse has to be a one year only, also turnover margin has to improve. Special teams - I hate the rugby punts but net punting was okay the rest of Special teams has to improve markedly. Grade D -Lot of reasons for this but special teams drove this down. You cannot be 3-10 and expect a great report card. 4. Program Recruiting To date this has been the highlight of Embree's short tenure. I really like the results of this recruiting cycle. Recruiting is a system and CU's system was broken (topic for a different thread). Embree hired this staff with improved recruiting in mind. This is reminiscent of coach Mac, you could not be on Mac's staff if you could not recruit (remember that Greg Brown was on Mac's Staff) - you had to be a good coach but you have to also be able to recruit. There are also a lot of people behind the coaches that make recruiting work...the people that send out the post cards and letters, track the players, get background information, etc. - this system is clicking again at CU. The team is an important cog in recruiting, because when players come to visit they get their best insight into the program from the existing players. This ties back into culture but there must be a lot of enthusiasm within the team because everyone talked about the atmosphere at CU...we were turning players away at the end that wanted to be Buffs - players that in past years we would of been anxious to have on the team. Grade B+ - Room for improvement but a solid performance. 5. Coaching - Addressing Program needs Another strong area for Embree. This team was weak all across the defense, QB was a great need (IMO CU has not had the QB play to compete at the BCS level in years), WR depth and speed was lacking (after PRich we will have little speed), RB depth and talent was a hole. This staff identified and addressed these needs. This may seem to be easy but to many coaches recruit players without the discipline to focus on program needs. Grade B - Nuff Said. 6. Overall I like this staff and I like the direction things are going. I expect things to be better in 2012 but this is still going to be a team that is trying to catch up on the talent curve. I expect at least 8 true freshmen playing significant roles this year. That is a lot so there will be growing pains. Grade B- - I liked the recruiting and cultural improvement. Overall I am happy with the program direction. Interested in hearing the perspective of others on this board.