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Mid-Season Reviews for Buffs

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by boydbuff, Oct 20, 2013.

  1. boydbuff

    boydbuff Club Member Club Member

    Jul 5, 2011
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    After starting out on fire (especially passing) against 2 inferior opponents, we tanked pretty hard across the board once we got to conference play. It seems Sefo has brought a spark to the O, PRich is PRich, and we have found a high quality freshman back who could become a top 3 back in the Pac over the next few years. Our OL is beyond suspect and is concerning for the rest of the season and next year too. Absence of quality TE play, especially in the passing game, was expected.

    Offensive Coaching:
    While I have had plenty of concerns about play calling at times, in general it has been much better than previous years. We have shown a more aggressive approach, throwing deep more often and mixing in the run and pass. I was blown away by the apparent coaching done to get Connor into a BCS caliber QB until he started facing BCS competition. Fingers crossed they can build Sefo's confidence and skill set.

    Up and down. Truthfully they are playing much better than previous years and the problems with the offense, turnovers and the kicking game, combined with playing some very potent offenses yielded some ugly results. But most of the time our players are in the right position. Another thing I have noticed, we are not giving up all-star numbers (and records) to individual athletes as much as previous years where our defense was just a complete sieve. Our DL has potential but still getting beat up too much, our LBs, especially Gillam are beyond promising for this year and beyond. Our DB play, in my opinion, is significantly better than previous years.

    Defensive Coaching:
    Actually I think Baer, Jeffcoat and our DB coaches are doing a decent job under the circumstances. While we all got on them for giving up long drives to a 1-dimensional FCS team in the first half yesterday, you have to be impressed with how much we shut them down in the 2nd half with virtually no first downs and no points. Say what you will about CSU not being a good team (and they are not) we got beat by teams about their level in the past few years, so I'd say, that was a decent showing for the Buffs and I credit the coaching staff for getting them up to play and for half-time adjustments.

    Special Teams:
    Started out attrocious. Terrible coverage on punts and kickoffs, as well as a lack of touchbacks on KO came close to causing losses in our 1st 2 games. However, they have started improving as of late and do not seem to be a liability anymore. The question is, when might they turn into an advantage?

    Special Teams coaching:
    Like many ABers I was calling for Neinas head early in the season. Not sure I feel the same way anymore. He has apparently fixed the problems. Let's see if he can find a way to have ST be the difference maker on the positive side through the 2nd half of the season.

    Personal opinion shared by many ABers I think-HCMM is the real deal. He is a good coach. He focuses on developing his players rather than berating them. He is patient and realizes this is a building process. He has done it before and I am convinced he will do it here. Obviously we all would like him and his staff to improve recruiting more, but at the same time you have to be impressed by some of the early results of his under the radar recruits like Awuzie, Gillam and Adkins.

    I believe after the 1st 6 games, the future is bright for this program under HCMM. I think the bowl talk is still likely very wishful thinking and if we are lucky we win 1 and maximum 2 games here on out. 2014 could definitely be a bowl season, especially if we find a way to improve our OL through our younger players and/or Jucos.
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2013
  2. PAHIBuff

    PAHIBuff Club Member Club Member

    Aug 19, 2005
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    It is very unlikely that 2014 will be a bowl season.

    INTHABUFF Club Member Club Member

    Dec 1, 2008
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    2015 will probably be our best chance and even then we probably have to beat USC, Oregon, or Stanford at home.
  4. MtnBuff

    MtnBuff Not allowed in Barzil 2 Club Member

    Jan 11, 2008
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    The offense has still been relatively innefective, due to a number of reasons but the biggest is poor OL play. When we got to PAC play the better defenses have just overwhelmed us. Outside of PRich we came into the season with ZERO proven BCS level offensive skill players. Adkins turn into one but other than that our talent just isn't there.

    Wood probably would have been okay if he wasn't put in a position where he was counted on to lift the offense to a level it isn't cabable off and at the same be under constant pressure from the snap. He got hit hard enough, often enough that he went into panic mode.

    Like the offense the defense just plain lacks BCS talent. We have some individuals who have stood out like CUD, Hendo and some young guys who have stepped up big like Gillam and Chido but again overall we are playing a bunch of guys who would likely not be playing for any other PAC teams. Safety play has been attrocious, the LBs other than Gillan have been abused and the DL hasn't generated consistent push.

    We do actually have some solid looking young DL players but there is a reason that you don't see a lot of teams starting Fr. and Soph. at DT. They still need to develop the maturity that it takes to play in the battle zone inside.

    Our kicking and punting have been fine but the coverage and return games have been terrible. I'd like to blame this again on our lack of talent but it looks like the disipline and schemes are just bad. They have gotten better but that is only relative to how bad they were to start the season. At the same time about the best I can say about our return game is that we aren't fumbling the ball a lot, it hasn't be producing the kind of yards that would help us in any real way.

    I agree about M2. He has shown that he is starting to make a cultural change in the program. It isn't going to be quick but it appears that he is working on building a solid foundation on which we can gradually improve our results. The sad thing is that we were so far down that we can be much better and still get dominated by the teams we should be chasing in our conference.
  5. tante

    tante Club Member Club Member

    Jul 21, 2009
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    So why don't we cut block more. It was effective for CSU.

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