Karl Dorrell, staff mobilize to prepare CU Buffs for ASU – The Denver Post
Colorado fans Karl Dorrell knows you are frustrated. Guess what? It is also. And the Buffaloes players too.
Still, as fans call for layoffs or demotions or a new quarterback, Dorrell doesn’t think the struggling offense needs a revamp. At least not yet.
On Monday, the Buffaloes head coach said there would be no staff changes or job changes following Saturday’s embarrassing 30-0 loss to Minnesota at Folsom Field. And for now, it looks like freshman Brendon Lewis will stay in the starting role as a quarterback.
As the Buffs (1-2) prepare to visit Arizona State on Saturday (8:30 p.m., TV: ESPNU), however, Dorrell has said he will get a bit more involved in preparing for the offensive. and that the Buffs would spend more time getting reinforcements. quarterback Drew Carter ready to play.
“I understand what the fans are and I am also disappointed with our performance,” said Dorrell. “It’s not a good look for us; I fully understand that.
It was actually one of the most dismal performances in program history, as the Buffs had 63 total yards of attack, including under-19 rushing yards. It was the first shutout loss at home in nine years.
Rather than fire or demote offensive coordinator Darrin Chiaverini, or bench Lewis, Dorrell said the goal was to work together as a staff and a team to improve.
“We’re kind of going to be working through all the dynamics of everything that we do,” Dorrell said. “I’m going to show my face a little more in the attacking room now. I’m going to try to help the process, and again I’m just trying to help understand how this whole situation works. But we think we’re off to a good start (this week).
Longtime attacking coach Dorrell will do what he can to help correct an offense that hasn’t scored a single point in the last seven quarters.
“I’ve grown up and been in a number of systems, and in my career I’ve seen a lot of football,” he said. “I have an idea of what I think our team can do better and so I do intervene every now and then with our offensive coaches to find out where I think we could spend a little more resources.
“I’m just supervising it, making sure it makes sense. Make sure it’s solid, make sure we take a systematic approach. And then the coaches will still function as they normally would on game day. “
Based on fan reaction on social media Monday, Dorrell’s approach didn’t work well with Buff Nation, but he said after a terrible performance, “You can’t overreact. “
Instead, it aims to come together and tackle issues as a staff and as a team.
“The very first thing I think of is, ‘Well, we’re not doing something effective enough to make these guys perform,’” Dorrell said. “This is how it should be seen. It really comes down to preparing our players to play properly in training and translating that to what it should look like on Saturday. It’s just going back to the drawing board on what’s the best way? Do they keep it? “
Dorrell put the blame on the coaches. He said he challenged the staff to assess how they teach and make sure they adapt their teaching methods to each player.
“(The coaches) are going to work to do whatever it takes to make our guys play better,” he said.
“We just have to train harder, train better. Find different ways to digest information, getting the information to where it is part of their mental process. I think coaching is always a challenge. It’s really because all the guys I’ve coached in my career are all different. They all learn differently.
As the Buffs aim to turn the page on Saturday’s disappointment, Dorrell said the team has responded well.
“Until last week this team has made a lot of progress,” he said. “They will continue to do so. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a great performance and we all know it. The best thing about it is our guys took it in the eye to figure out what our issues were and we worked it out and discussed. This was seen today with our first training of the week with our preparation for ASU.
“We’re moving to ASU and it was a really good energy today with what we’re doing. Obviously we’re trying to get rid of the bad taste and it starts with a great week of preparation so that we can play well this Saturday.
CU opponent’s gaze
Opponent: Arizona State Sun Devils
Game time: Saturday, 8:30 p.m., at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.
Coach: Herm Edwards, 4th season (19-14)
Last week: Lost at BYU, 27-17
Notable: The Sun Devils were ranked No.19 in the Associated Press’s Top 25 ahead of last week’s loss to BYU. … ASU had 16 penalties and four turnovers in the loss to the Cougars. … ASU have been the most penalized team in the country this season, averaging 12.0 per game for 106.3 yards. … Defensive lineman Travez Moore, who transferred from LSU, suffered a season-ending knee injury on Saturday. ASU was already without defensive tackle of any caliber Jermayne Lole, who is out for the year with a triceps injury. … The Sun Devils are 12-4 at home under Edwards. … ASU leads the series all-time, 8-3, but the Buffs have won three of the last four games, including 2019 at Tempe. … Running backs Rachaad White (75.0 yards per game) and Daniyel Ngata (61.0) both rank in the Pac-12 top 10 for running on the ground, while quarterback Jayden Daniels (57, 7) is 11th. … Daniels leads the Pac-12 in completion percentage (72.9) so far this season). It is tied for ninth nationally in this category.