Causes of Concern: It took the coaching staff 9 months or longer to determine that our team lacked basic knowledge about fundamentals and technique. Embree decided that the Utah game was going to be a magical turning around point of the program, and that this year we would suddenly became a bowl team. Embree decided to install a no huddle offense when both our offense and defense couldn't do the basics reliably. Blocking and picking up blitzes is far more important than a slight advantage of no huddle... The offensive playcalling has been atrocious and isnt' using the limited talent we have very effectively. Being predictable gives the advantage to the defense. The staff doesn't seem to recognize that. The defensive playcalling has been suspect: perhaps it is too complicated as a poster suggested; perhaps it is inexperience; perhaps it is bad coaching and practice. Hard to determine at this point of the season. Some of the recruiting decisions are hard to explain and/or justify. Overall though, last years class was (very) good. I think we can see the differences in personality and temperament between Embree and Boyle. Boyle is an ENFP and it shows with his leadership--developing a bond with players and recruits and empowering them. Embree is most likely an ESTJ and it shows with his strong organizational skills, but inability to think strategically and empower and motivate his players. (for the record hawkins was an ESFP, which is pretty unsuited to coaching or being in charge of most anything) Embree has done a very good job in identifying talent and the kind of mentality we need as football players (at least with the limited evidence we have so far) I think Marshall isn't pulling his weight even with our young/mediocre talent. We seem much worse than last year, in almost all OL positions. If players were just getting beat, I can understand that. Having experienced players constantly missing assignments is on Marshall/Embree. EB is not a strategic thinker and seems totally unsuited to be an offensive coordinator. His play calling is totally predictable and not maximizing our limited talent at all. I think the special teams has improved considerably, so brookhart probably gets a pass in my book. Brown is a great recruiter and coach; I'm not sure if he is doing or is capable of being a preeminent coordinator. Kennedy and Scherer and Cabral seem to be doing well, given what they have on their plates. My conclusion is that Marshall should be given an ultimatum to get things fixed in the next few weeks, at the very least. I think we need to hire a new OC. I think EB should take more responsibility for recruiting, especially in CO. I would make these changes before deciding to fire Embree and having to go through another year or two of recruiting shakeup. It is very rare for a single individual to have all the knowledge and skills to be a head coach; it is a similar skill set to that as president. It requires a staff of people with a strong mix of skills and strengths. Maybe Embree doesn't understand this, which could perhaps be the most damning thing of all. I think we can measure this by how he conducts himself over the next week(s) and how he responds. I think firing Embree this season could seriously undermine our position as a football school. I'm curious about all your thoughts about how this proposition would/could play out.