Going into last year, it was supposed to be "the year". This year was supposed to be "the year". Now, next year is going to be "the year". Only for sure, this time. Why? What are the strengths of this coaching staff? Recruiting is getting worse every year. The offense is one of the worst I have ever seen at any level of football. The defense this year is as bad as I have seen in the past 6 years; even in the lean years, I always felt our defense was respectable and more often than not sold out by the offense's ineptitude. Not sure if that is the case this year. The personnel selections are still head-scratchers. The play-calling on both sides of the ball still leaves quite a bit to be desired. We do not appear to have a legitimate D1 (not big12, D1) quarterback on the roster. I can not say with any sincerity that I recall this team having a clearly better QB than any team we have played in the past two years. The only time it has even been debatable is against the Wyoming's and CSU's of the world. Against Big 12 teams - even KSU and ISU - we have been at a clear disadvantage. My biggest concern is no longer the quality of the team - clearly, they simply are underwhelming in that department - but the lack of any kind of visible progress or improvement. The OL doesn't really look better than it did last year; quite a contrast to expectations, considering that even sportswriters who rarely have a reason to notice CU were predicting them to be very good this year. The QB play, bottom line, has probably gotten worse. The WRs are still the least athletic, least threatening group of skill position players in the conference. Where is the progress? Where is the improvement? Why is this team magically going to get better next year? This is not a post to flame or to bash Hawkins. I am sincerely asking what are the reasons for expecting improvement next year? I don't see them. The running game? The coaches have made it clear that they are not going to hang their hat on the running game.