The Colorado Buffaloes’ head coach, Deion Sanders, did what he thought was necessary this week, even if it appeared desperate. After losing four of his previous five games, he restructured his coaching staff and promoted a former NFL head coach to play-calling duties in an attempt to bring out the best in his star quarterback son.
It did not, however, work. In fact, the Buffaloes fared considerably worse against No. 19 Oregon State on Saturday, scoring just two touchdowns and falling short, 26-19.
Colorado quarterback Shedeur Sanders needed another painkiller shot to finish the game, as the Buffs fell to 4-5 after a 3-0 start that captivated the nation’s attention.
Deion Sanders remarked afterwards, “This is hard.” The difficulty stems from the knowledge that you are capable of doing better—performing, calling games, teaching, and playing better on my behalf. Furthermore, even though you have enough to finish the task, you are falling short. It hurts, too. Myself, the squad, and every coach and fan are all harmed by it.
It turned out that the game was decided by a coaching error that occurred just before halftime. Deion Sanders held himself accountable. However, the quarterback was still not well-protected by the Buffs during the first three quarters before he left the field to receive his shot of painkillers in the locker room. Following that, he claimed to have “gotten mad” and almost rallied his team from a 23-5 deficit in the fourth quarter in front of Folsom Field’s sold-out homecoming crowd of 52,725 fans.
He gave an explanation for his decision to promote former offensive coordinator Sean Lewis to offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, a former head coach of the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants.
As an analyst at Colorado behind the scenes, Shurmur was paid $50,000 a year, according to a copy of his appointment letter that USA TODAY Sports was able to get. He is now one of the team’s ten full-time assistant coaches and shares the title of co-offensive coordinator with Lewis, who left his position as head coach of Kent State last season to oversee the offense at Colorado for $850,000 this year. This is a significant move for the squad.
When asked about selecting Shurmur as the play-caller rather than Lewis, Deion Sanders responded, “We’re not going to demean Sean Lewis.” We will not act in that manner. That tone won’t be accepted by us. Sean is a kind person. He’s a good play-caller, in my opinion. At the moment, all we needed was change. At the moment, we simply needed to attempt something different, so we did. I don’t give it much thought. I don’t question myself at all because there’s more to it than what you might be aware of.
Deion Sanders stated that Lewis and Shurmur are both “extremely talented” and that the play-calling system is “still a group effort.”