First, I was listening to GB on Wednesday. He felt like it would be a mistake for CU to make a change and pointed out how programs can get into a cycle of changing staffs every few years. That being said, how about some reason for hope? COACHING Hawk has ****ed it up to this point. But he was a highly sought after candidate when we hired him. There has to be something there. The hope is that he has learned from his mistakes here, like overestimating how we would perform this year. He will refocus, make the necessary changes in the staff, and turn this thing around PLAYER'S EXPERIENCE I know, "no excuses." Well, like it or not, this team was young almost across the board. This year was tough in a lot of ways. But sometimes walking through the fire makes one grow up a bit faster. I heard that something like 70 to 75 kids were freshmen/sophomores this year. (Actually, that was a quote from a Colorado HS commit). QUARTERBACK I don't know about you guys, but Tyler Hansen has shown a lot of improvement. The game is slowing down for him. I think next year he'll be really good. RECEIVERS This will be a strength next year. Simas, Clemons, Jefferson, and Simmons will be really good, IMO. RUNNING BACK Stewart and Lockridge will be solid and, hopefully, Mister Jones will be an ass kicker! With improvement of the O Line, our running game should improve. OFFENSIVE LINE They were a huge disappointment this year. The youth and continual change in coaches has hurt. But if there is one position which requires experience, it is with the big guys up front. There is a reason why freshmen rarely start on the O line. I say the Oline will be greatly improved next year. Plus, hopefully, Mariner will return fully recovered. TIGHT END Deehan will be really good. We need some others to step up. DEFENSIVE LINE The D line looked pretty good this year, and they were young. Just like the offensive linemen, defensive linemen need more time to grow than at other positions. Next year, they will be strong. LINE BACKERS Major, Beatty, Rippey, and Sipili should be good. But I have to admit, LB will take a hit losing Smart and Mohler. I think LBs should be solid and we have one of the best LB coaches in the buisness DEFENSIVE BACKS Not a lot of depth, but Smith, Brown, and Polk (with a year under his belt) should be solid. SPECIAL TEAMS I've heard Grossnickle can really punt and Goodman looks a lot better this year. First year he missed. This year he is hitting the uprights. Next year he'll be nails!! :lol: CHEER LEADERS I hear we have some great incoming freshwomen!! Anyway, I admit, I'm not nearly as "up" on the players as a lot of you guys. Many of you go to practices when you can and stuff. So my take is more of an "outsiders" view.