The Colorado Buffaloes have lost two straight and four of their last five after starting the year 3-0, and coach Deion Sanders is reportedly making a change in his staff.
Sanders will elevate analyst Pat Shurmur to an on-field role to call plays, stripping offensive coordinator Sean Lewis of play-calling duties, according to ESPN.
Shurmur and Lewis will be co-offensive coordinators, according to the report.
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Action Network was the first to report the play call change.
Lewis joins Sanders staff in Colorado after five seasons as head coach Kent Statewhere he led the Golden Flashes to two bowl game appearances and a MAC Championship in 2021.
Shurmur has 20 years of experience in the NFL and was its head coach New York Giants for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
The move comes nearly a week after Colorado lost its second straight game in a loss to UCLA. Against the Bruins, Buck of Colorado Shedeur Sanders, Deion’s son, was sacked seven times while pressured 24 times and hit 17 times, according to the New York Post.
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“Big picture, go get new linemen,” Deion Sanders said afterward. “This is the picture, and I will paint if it is perfect.”
The Buffaloes rushed for just 25 yards against UCLA and are dead last in the Pac-12 in rushing yards per game (78.6).
After starting 3-0 in Sanders’ first season, reality has set in for Colorado. After a loss to Oregon on the road, the Buffaloes lost a penalty kick to USC before losing two of their next three.
Against Stanford in Week 7, the Buffaloes blew a 29-0 lead, losing 46-43 in double overtime as Stanford earned its first Pac-12 win of the season.
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After the game, Sanders told his players that all the praise and fawning over their season was about to change.
“What we just did today was pathetic,” Sanders told his team. “All the love you got, all the love we got, oh, you’re ready to see that slide. And don’t get on social media and start responding to the nonsense because they’re right. They’re right.”
Colorado needs to win two of its last four games to reach a bowl game.