This staff really is impressive in their talent evaluation so far. They have been in on numerous recruits early when no other BCS schools were on board. Catalon is the latest example of a guy who we were in on and at first, it looked like we were "going under the radar", and now the kid is blowing up. This is becoming a pattern. Every single position coach is a master in his field I believe. Embree put together a very impressive staff And that is my biggest criticism of the last regime (besides the DH attitude BS). I know there has been 10 million posts about how bad Hawk was as a head coach. But I want to make a point here where I think he REALLY failed miserably. Even after year 2 when we went bowling and we had a lot of recruiting momentum we lacked one key item. It wasn't recruiting or even the ability to judge talent. I actually think Hawk had a good eye for that (Scotty McKnight, Speedy, etc). He couldn't judge assistant coaches worth a darn though! The guy obviously had a very strong OC in Boise (Peterson) and he couldn't bring him so he replaced him with Helfrich, who I thought was an absolute disaster. Perhaps we didn't have the "resources" to go after a guy with a big time reputation, but this was a brutal hire. Things seemed to be intact though at first until Auburn bought Jeff Grimes, our O-Line coach. I thought then and still think Grimes is first rate. Will be a head coach soon as well btw. That was the beginning of the end. His replacement was Denver Johnson, a recent head coach, who hadn't coached the O-Line in many years. Were we this desperate? His first year, the lack of recent experience seemed obvious. Our O-Line was porous. The debacle at Cal this last year was laughable as well. I know first hand that Keenan Stevens did not know he was tipping Cal's D off on the snap until his brother heard about it via email from a friendly AllBuffer. Denver (to put it nicely) took awhile to grow into a BCS O-Line coach here at CU. Helfrich bailed out soon thereafter (just about 2 years ago). Hawk promoted Kiesau, who had zero experience as an OC. Unlike EB, who is surrounded by long time offensive guru's in Embree, Rip Van QB-Guru, JD, and Kennedy (several of which have been OC's in D1 and higher), Kiesau had little to no support. Bright guy, but who did he have on staff around him? He had Hagan (who I can tell you for a fact was never considered for a coaching position under Embree). He had Riddle (enough said). He had Hawkins as his WR coach? Really? He had Denver trying to remember how to coach O-line. That offensive staff is D2 at best! It is unbelievable that Hawkins brought back his buddy out of retirement to coach outside LB's while he decided to coach WR's himself. Kiesau could have used another offensive mind on his side of the ball so badly... I know Helfrich left at an in-opportune time, but Hawkins needed to find a WR coach who not only could coach up the position, but be a major collaborator with Kiesau. I for one was very concerned when JE and EB were hired in that they were both in new roles. However, JE seems to have identified his needs very well in putting together the rest of the staff. Specifically, in landing these two guys, he has complemented both he and EB's lack of experience very well. Rip Scherer - 37 years of coaching. The last 6 as a QB coach in the NFL. Stints include Head Coaching at the college level and Offensive Coordinator at the college level. JD Brookhart - Former Off Coordinator at Pitt and head coach at Akron. Embree had a bit more money to work with, and I believe he optimized it. He made EB his OC and then set out to surround EB with experienced staff on that side of the ball. He's trusting Brown and Cabral a lot with the defense, but I think they are up to it.