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Deion Sanders’ Fatherly Instincts Rattles Coach Prime Persona as CU Buffs’ Revamped Roster Aims to Bear Fruits to ‘Protect Shedeur’

Published 02/21/2024, 3:13 AM EST

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Season 2 is underway! As Deion Sanders embarks on his second year with the Colorado project, his trademark confidence and ambitious goals reverberate throughout the offseason preparations. Despite the Buffaloes’ 4-8 record last season, a notable improvement from the 1-11 start under Sanders, challenges persisted as they lost eight of their final nine games. 

Nevertheless, Sanders remains resolute, asserting last month that his team can clinch a berth in the expanded College Football Playoff, now accommodating up to 12 teams. “Last year we didn’t, still hope this year we’re going to live up to expectations,” opined the Colorado head coach in his recent Super Bowl interview on ESPN.  

Coach Prime revamps Colorado for Round 2

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Deion Sanders discussed his game plan for the upcoming 2024 season as he spoke at the Super Bowl interviews in Las Vegas. He said the team fell short of expectations last season but is optimistic about their prospects this year. Despite facing tough challenges and suffering defeats, they were competitive in most games, often coming within striking distance of victory. However, they lacked the necessary depth and understanding to excel. “We just didn’t have enough dogs to win. We didn’t have enough understanding to go to the next level,” Sanders said. He reflected on the pressure his son and quarterback Shedeur endured the previous year and pledged to perfect it this year, “I went out and signed seven linemen to protect Shedeur.”

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To address their shortcomings, they bolstered their offensive and defensive lines, signing seven linemen to protect Shedeur and acquiring defensive playmakers to pressure quarterbacks. Additionally, they strengthened their secondary with two new cornerbacks to enhance their coverage capabilities. With these strategic signings and changes in the coaching staff, including coordinators with NFL experience, they believe they have the right formula and personnel to succeed.

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Deion Sanders hires new coaching staff

Colorado football’s coaching lineup for the 2024 season is almost complete, with a few positions still open. Head coach Deion Sanders faced significant turnover in his coaching staff, losing coordinators and several other assistants—Pat Shurmur, formerly with the NFL’s Denver Broncos, steps in as the new offensive coordinator; Phillips, previously with Jackson State and the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats, joins as a wide receivers coach; and Bartolone transitions from coaching wide receivers to tight ends.

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Loadholt, a former NFL offensive tackle, brings his expertise to Colorado’s offensive line. Harrell, also known as Coach Flea, remains a crucial figure on Sanders’ staff. Mathis and Hart continue their roles in player development. Dancy earns a promotion from defensive analyst to a more active coaching role. Sanders is still searching for a defensive coordinator, emphasizing the importance of finding a professional fit. The possibility of Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Sapp joining the staff appears to be fading.

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