Between last week and this week: Did the team suddenly get more experience? - no Did some of the players get turned into upper classmen? - no Did the talent level go up? - no Did we learn how to play mistake free football? - no All the excuses of a young inexperienced team, so few seniors, bad recruiting, blah blah blah were not really the problem. Do those things still need to be fixed? - Yes. But they don't need to be fixed in order to play well because the Buffs played well yesterday. What did change? The team finally started playing with heart. They finally started playing like buffaloes. I don't know if it was having EB on the sidelines or the talks that JE had with each player last week or if some players within the team decided to step up and become leaders (maybe it was all of that) but the team finally played with passion and heart and, to me, it was an entirely different team out there. The kind of play we saw yesterday was where I expected us to start this season. I thought all last year was about learning to play with heart and this year would be about getting more proficient at playing football. Had we played the first three games like we did yesterday we would be a 3-1 or 4-0 team right now. Now JE needs to show us that yesterday wasn't a flash in the pan. If they play with the same heart for the rest of the year I don't care what our W/L record is I will be 100% behind JE. If the team slips back into quitting mode, I think JE needs to go. The ability to motivate players is the first skill every HC needs to have.