Colorado has had a lot of players enter the transfer portal. They have also had a lot of coaching changes to the Colorado football coaching staff. Karl Dorrell did an amazing job with this team in 2020, but with some coaches moving on with their careers, it is time for Dorrell to make some decisions and build off the success of last year.
Coaching Changes in Boulder: Who’s Out
Drew Wilson– Director of Football Strength and Conditioning
Wilson was the Buffaloes’ Strength and Conditioning coach for the last five years. Wilson’s contract was coming up in February and he will not renew it.
Wilson had been a strength coach for Maryland, and Kansas before Colorado. He also was an assistant strength coach at the University of Connecticut. Wilson recently got hired at Kansas State.
Tyson Summers– Defensive Coordinator and Inside Linebackers Coach
A lot of people were surprised by the decision to remove Summers from the Colorado football coaching staff, as the Buffaloes defense was much better in 2020 than it was in the past. They were 76th overall for overall defense in the FBS. Colorado was also 13th overall in the FBS in third-down conversions allowed and was 7th in the nation for tackles for loss per game with 8.2.
Overall the Buffs allowed 2522 yards in six games, gave up an average of 6.06 yards per play, and a total of 420.3 yards per game. These stats are great but it shows you that the Buffs are heading in the right direction and making huge improvements
Taylor Embree– TE Coach
After one year with the Buffaloes, Embree is heading back to the NFL to be the New York Jets running backs coach. The former defensive coordinator for the San Fransisco 49ers was hired by Dorrell as one of his first hires as a head coach. This will be the third time that Embree will be in the NFL, after starting as a defensive assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Colorado Football Coaching Staff: Who’s In
Joe Bowden– LB Coach
Bowden is a former NFL linebacker that was a defensive coordinator for Missouri Baptist, and a linebackers coach from 2012-2016 for the St. Louis Rams and San Fransisco 49ers. Bowden has been all over the place with his coaching.
It is probable that Chris Wilson will be promoted to defensive coordinator with Summers going to the Jets. Wilson and Bowden played together in college so it might be his doing getting Bowden in Boulder.
Shannon Turley– Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
The former Stanford’s conditioning coach has agreed to fill the same position in Boulder. Turley has spent his last 12 years with Stanford where he was apart of three Pac-12 titles, and 42 draft picks. Turley was the Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year in 2011 for FootballScoop.com, and in 2013 he won the Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Turley was let go by Stanford when a couple of players had some complaints about him in April of 2019. He was hired onto the Colorado football coaching staff in January.
Overall Good Replacements for the Colorado Football Coaching Staff
It is hard to see a lot of good people leave the Colorado football coaching staff, right when things were going well for the Buffs. On the flip side, it is nice to see some quality candidates get hired for the openings and see that Dorrell wants to build off the success that started in 2020. This team is certainly heading in the right direction.
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