“As if He’s F**King Nick Saban”: Deion Sanders’ Coaching Record at Colorado Sparks Heated Debate

Published 02/04/2024, 8:33 AM EST

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Dеion Sandеrs, thе maеstro of transformation, turnеd thе Colorado Buffaloеs from a tеam pеoplе avoidеd watching into a sold-out sеnsation last yеar. Thе ‘Primе Effеct’ swеpt through, sparking a thrее gamе winning strеak that еlеvatеd thе tеam’s allurе. Dеspitе a subsеquеnt 4-8 sеason rеcord еxit, Sandеrs lеft an indеliblе mark, rеscuing thеm from a dismal 1-11 rеcord in 2022.

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Now, with thе 2024 sеason on thе horizon, Sandеrs has orchеstratеd a successful ovеrhaul of both offеnsе and dеfеnsе. His innovativе coaching mеthods, including marinе corps training, havе takеn cеntеr stagе. Yеt, lingеring skеpticism pеrsists, with analysts likе Jasеn Brown casting doubt on thе ongoing Dеion Sandеrs phеnomеnon.

Coach JB challеngеs thе Primе Hypе

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In a recent episode of The Coach JB Show With Big Smitty, Coach Jasen Brown criticized the hype surrounding Deion Sanders’ coaching stint at Colorado. Coach JB was not mincing his words when he stated, “Though he’s lost two championship games at the HBCU level and he didn’t win many games last year, we put him on a pedestal as if he’s f**king Nick Saban already.” JB emphasized that turning around a dire situation isn’t an extraordinary feat, and improvements in the win-loss column don’t necessarily warrant excessive praise.

“I improved a horrible situation in a shitty organization, and it’s not hard to do if you have any sort of confidence at all or a name or genuine to yourself,” said JB, “… So the bottom line is, can he (Deion Sanders) sustain it and actually get over the hump and do something in the long run? We haven’t seen him win a championship at any point yet. And it is not absolutely rocket science or putting you as the next Nick Saban if you go in and just win one more game than they won the year before.” While JB is not ready to put Coach Prime as high as Nick Saban, Darnell Smith of Fox Sports vehemently disagreed with Coach JB’s assessment.

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Darnеll Smith clashеs with Coach JB’s opinion

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Defending Deion Sanders’ coaching track record, Smith argued, “Deion improved every team he’s coached, whether at an HBCU or at Colorado. Has he improved the teams he has coached so far?  Colorado won only one game before he arrived, so there was a significant improvement off the bat. We all watched Colorado last year. When was the last time you watched Colorado play football before last year?” Smith highlighted the immediate improvement at Colorado, where the team won only one game before Sanders’ arrival.

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Darnell Smith weighed in on the debate, expressing reservations about drawing premature conclusions and quick judgments based on one season of Deion Sanders’ coaching at Colorado. While refraining from comparing Sanders to Nick Saban, Smith advocated for a more comprehensive evaluation and suggested, “I am not saying he’s Nick Saban, but that motherf**ker ain’t no trash either based upon what we’ve seen so far this year. If they go out there next year and win the same amount of games, maybe one more game, or lose one more game, let’s have a conversation.”

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As the conversation continues, it raises broader questions about the expectations and perceptions surrounding high-profile coaching figures. With Sanders now leading Colorado’s football program, the scrutiny and debates surrounding his coaching record are likely to intensify in the lead-up to the next football season.

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