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We are loaded for next year. Great situation for a good coach to step into.

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  1. buffedup

    buffedup Cooler than a Popsicle Stand. Club Member

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    We return 17 starters on the O and D. 9 on O and 8 on D. I think this team could be solid next year with a competent head coach.
     
  2. Sexton Hardcastle

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    Loaded? Sure we're returning some starters, but to say we're loaded is a little much. At least imo.
     
  3. buffsyko

    buffsyko Club Member Club Member

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    Buffed up meant 'HE" was loaded.
     
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  4. buffedup

    buffedup Cooler than a Popsicle Stand. Club Member

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    Well...I should qualify it as loaded with returning starters. I think it is as good a situation for a first year coach to step into as possible.
     
  5. Duff Man

    Duff Man Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    Nope.

    We have a nice foundation on offense, but the defense lacks speed/size/athleticism. The special teams are still a major question mark as well.
     
  6. buffedup

    buffedup Cooler than a Popsicle Stand. Club Member

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    :lol:
     
  7. buffsyko

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    :nod:
     
  9. BuffSurveyor

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    Loaded! Define loaded?

    LOL, you makes me laugh!
     
  10. Sexton Hardcastle

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    I think the next coach can step in and win next year. Imagine what a competent coach can do here in Boulder.
     
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  12. Duff Man

    Duff Man Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    I do think the next coach can show tangible signs of improvement right away because of the experience, but I think he will have to use some smoke and mirrors on defense. The special teams should improve no matter what.
     
  13. Bienemy4life

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    We have a brutal schedule. The O has a good foundation but we lose Solder and possibly Miller. D = no Jimmy or Jalil is going to hurt going into a pass happy league.

    New staff needs to add depth & playmakers = takes time to get competitive. A great coaching job means 6 + wins and a bowl. A tall order imo.


     
  14. buffsyko

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    I'm interested to see what defense will be run and if there are some position switches. We have a ton of tweeners.
     
  15. Buffalo Brad

    Buffalo Brad Club Member Club Member

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    As someone else said, good foundation, loaded not. We will struggle next year no matter who the coach is.
     
  16. MtnBuff

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    Maybe to qualify it as saying that the new coach will have a solid foundation to build on. Loaded is what teams that can win simply on talent are. This team has enough talent coming back to be a quality winning team with quality coaching. The team also has a good quantity of young athletes who could be developed into quality players for the next few years.

    In this respect the new coach will not be starting from scratch. On the other hand the team has some problems. It lacks size in the front seven of defense, outside of Clemons, Richardson, Jefferson, and Stewart it lacks any players on offense with speed or quickness who have seen the field. The corners will both be new, the inside backers will be new starters, the O-line will face a major revamp (again) although the talent is there.

    We have a senior QB who has only not yet played a total of a full season and needs some development backed by a zero experience. Kicking is still a huge question mark, as is the return game.

    The biggest issue the new coach will face is changing a culture that accepts and makes excuses for losing. This team got very good at shrugging off embarrasing losses and came to accept them. Practice habits are bad and the team lacks a sense of tradition, responsibility, and leadership. These all come from coaching and these are the areas that the past coaching staff failed at the most.

    If the new coach can build and maintain the intangibles mentioned in the last paragraph then the rest of the issues can be overcome and this team has enough talent to become a bowl team building towards a quality contender. If he can't then the talent won't matter.
     
  17. Darian3Hagan

    Darian3Hagan '89 Player of the Year Club Member

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    Atleast we should have enough olineman for the spring game.
     
  18. Sexton Hardcastle

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    I guess I'm just a little more optimistic than others. :)
     
  19. ScottyBuff

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    Until we know what type of offense or defense we will run, we have no idea if we have the talent to execute it.

    I think we have a generally "average" level of talent and depth on the team, but not at the most vital position: QB.

    If a new coach can put in an offense that maximizes Hansen or Hirschman then we have a chance at a .500 or winning record if we take care of the "must wins" OOC. But that is asking for too much, IMO, and we can expect to struggle to stay out of the basement of the Pac 12 South.

    This is also assuming we don't lose too many players in the transition, which is probably going to happen to some degree.
     
  20. Sexton Hardcastle

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    I hope we can steal a JUCO QB from someone.
     
  21. Buffalo Brad

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  22. Mick Ronson

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    i could see a new coach come in and be bowl eligible if some "discipline" and mental toughness are his calling card. i could also see a new coach come in and win 3 games with adaptation problems. hard to know with the transition to a new conference.

    i think there will be some attrition which is natural, if the new coach (and S&C coach) expects hard work, workout until you barf type stuff, a lot of hitting in practice....wouldn't surprise me to see some guys wilt and want to leave...while others embrace real football.
     
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  23. ScottyBuff

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    I disagree. Even if Calhoun is the next HC, which I am not really on board with, he is forced to run the option at Air Force.

    Calhoun coached in the NFL for four seasons on zone-blocking running game, high percentage West Coast-style passing teams (Shanahan/Kubiak), and at Wake they ran a zone-read spread type scheme.

    Wherever Calhoun goes after AFA, he will not "bring the option" with him.
     
  24. dyemeduke

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    I think the majority feel the same - the foundation is there, but we're not loaded. However, I think the foundation is more solid than others. I like our DLine actually, assuming we get a DL coach that can teach pass-rushing. I think our OLine next year has talent too, but they need a coach that can teach them. Our LBs next year I think will be good (Major back, Rippy, Webb), and our safeties will be good, (if Polk learns how to take better angles, he'll be really good). WR will be decent next year too. We have a lot of talent - not elite talent, but there is a lot of talent. A great coach could easily take this team next year, overcome the adjustment problems, and win 8 games in my optimistic opinion. I've been telling everyone, CU is not devoid of talent, which is what frustrated me most about Hawk's teams. They had talent. They just weren't coached right. We also desperately need a new S&T coach...I hate Pittman...

    scotty and valdez point out the most glaring problem though - QB. Hansen needs drastic improvement to take the team to a new level. Hirschmann, the jury hasn't even seen the evidence to be out on him yet. We need a better QB coach in this next regime - QB play matters so much in college football.
     
  25. MtnBuff

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    Your comment on the S&T coach is spot on.

    The D-Line desperately needs to beef up but we have the frames to do it.

    At DE, Kasa could become a monster and if he can gain a solid 15lbs he will be at 290. With his quickness and his motor he could flat out dominate. They used him inside a lot this year simply because of his strength but he could be a difference maker at DE with support from inside. West looks bigger than 260, add 15-20 to him and you have another big DE, Uzo-Diribe is listed at 230, looks more like 220. Get him to a solid 235-240 with his speed and he could be a force as well.

    At DT Cunningham and Pericak both were undersized this year. Cunningham may have come close to maxing out on weight but get him to 285 and make him stronger and he will be solid. Pericak is still skinny for a DT, he could play at 300. Bonsu should be 300+ coming back and we missed his size this year. Goree and Obi give some depth but disapointed, Poston and Poole need another year of development then we will see.

    We got killed this year by injuries at a number of positions. I wonder how many were due to lack of conditioning, strength, flexibility?
     
  26. sweaty teets

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    agree with most everything, but i don't think west needs to add a single pound. he's thick enough as it is.
     
  27. Ruckus

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    We need a lot of better players still.
     
  28. sweaty teets

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    yep, still small and slow at positions most teams have dudes that look 35 playing.
     
  29. MtnBuff

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    Not a good situation when both the guys starting and the key backups are underclassmen.
     
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