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Trying to remain positive

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by TallyBuff, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. TallyBuff

    TallyBuff New Member

    Nov 10, 2012
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    This is my first post so go easy on me. I'm a relatively new die-hard Buff. I went to CU in 2007 and 2008 and was roommates with CU LB Josh Hardigan before I had to transfer to Florida State University for tuition reasons, but I was fortunate enough to see the epic upset of Oklahoma in 2007, and the Thursday night OT win against West Virginia. Since I left Boulder, and much to my roommates dismay, I have watched every CU game they televise in Florida. And let me say first, I share everyone's concerns about our performance this year but I've seen some things recently that might be signs of good things to come.

    I just rewatched the Zona game and saw some things I liked. 4 times in the game CU led 9-13 play, clock eating scoring drives. And then in the last 4 minutes we drove from our own 34 yard line all the way to the Arizona 9 yard line where we went for it on 4th and 9 and came up empty. Throughout the game we converted on short and longs, fought through penalties, and established a run game that opened up our passing game. Our offensive line was opening gaps that Mark Mangino could have ran through. Hirschman was making great reads, and throwing accurate balls, even Wood hit an open Fernandez for a big play touch down. Eric Crouch even made the comment that it looked like Colorado had finally established an offensive identity.

    On Defense, despite the score, there was a ton of effort. We just don't have the horses or experience to stay with these teams for 60 minutes. But IMO they haven't given up on the coaches. Throughout the game it wasn't just one Buff defender that was making tackles while other players just watched, every tackle there was a swarm on buffaloes on top of the Zona players. With 10 minutes left in the 4th quarter, and the game clearly out of reach for CU, Arizona broke a 60 yard run that could have easily gone for a TD, but our corner chased him down and tackled him, but more importantly there were 3 other Buffs on the chase that caught up to their running back as well. Granted the wildcats punched it in from 3 yards out on the very next play, but a defense that has given up on the coaches doesn't chase down and catch a RB from behind to prevent a meaningless TD. As the announces said in the game, the Buff defense has shown drastic improvements over the past two games, but with such youth on the team they are still yielding devastating big plays.

    I also spoke with Josh Hardigan recently and he re-iterated what I thought. The players enjoy playing for Embo but aren't certain Greg Brown's schemes are working/ he is the right guy for ther job. So I will offer this true story. Since moving to Tallahassee I have also become a supporter of FSU and in 2009, in Bobby Bowden's last year, FSU's defense ranked almost as low as Colorado's does this year. Jimbo Fisher brought in Mark Stoops as the new DC and in 1 year they were in the top 20 in every major defensive category. Replacing the DC might be the route we should go, especially if we are starting to show a little life on offense.

    Sorry for the long post I'm trying to remain positive

    Go Buffs
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2012
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  2. tante

    tante Club Member Club Member

    Jul 21, 2009
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    Great 1st post, but did you watch a different game? We let one guy run for 366 yards at 14.6 per carry. That is not great effort. That is not gang tackling. That is being blown off the ball and then out of position.
  3. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

    Mar 20, 2009
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    Welcome to the board.
  4. sliderNcider

    sliderNcider MacLovin Club Member

    Jan 6, 2008
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    Make no mistake, the D has quit on Greg Brown. He is one of the worst DC's in the history of college football. 47.2 points/game and 49.1 points/game given up vs FBS teams.
  5. OUBuff

    OUBuff American Club Member

    Feb 2, 2008
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    I would like to see us stay with teams for more than the opening drive.
  6. BuffHerd

    BuffHerd Club Member Club Member

    Dec 3, 2011
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    Welcome. Where exactly in florida do they sell those rose-tinted glasses, I gotta get me some!

    I appreciate the effort you put into that first post. You bleed for this team like the rest of us. May I remind you that zona had an equally porous defense to us, also ranked at the bottom of the nation. Their offense was missing its STARTING QB. We just gave up a Pac12 record number of rushing yards. They scored TD on seven consecutive drives! I cant cite one unit of this team that is playing consistently. I, as it appears you do as well, care too much about the players on this team to abandon your support for the team; the coaches are another story. Yes, some players are still playing hard, that is a testament to their dedication; but they obviously have lost faith in the systems/schemes. I fear several will bolt after the season finishes.
  7. BuffaloChuck

    BuffaloChuck Member

    Oct 14, 2009
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    Welcome. Embree vowed he'd never let any RB set NCAA records against us in his first two seasons, so that's a huge positive.

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