Deion Sanders blasted as offensive coordinator switch backfires in Colorado loss
Deion Sanders made a head-scratching decision late earlier this week. He took play-calling responsibilities out of the hands of Sean Lewis — Colorado’s first-year offensive coordinator who was generating head coaching candidate buzz earlier in the year — and gave them to analyst Pat Shurmur.
Doing so meant Sanders would need to demote someone from his on-field staff. It also put Lewis’ future firmly in doubt.
Considering Colorado’s flaws this year, many were shocked by Sanders’ decision. Colorado had not shown any ability to run the football this year. The offensive line has been a massive weakness.
Things looked aggressively similar in a 26-19 loss to Oregon State on Saturday.
Heading into the fourth quarter, Colorado had 78 yards of offense and 12 rushing yards on 15 carries. Quarterback Shedeur Sanders had completed 15 of his 25 passes for 66 yards. The Buffs were averaging 2 yards a play and had only seven first downs to Oregon State’s 21.
And Sanders was catching heat from all over on social media over the performance.
What an absolute disaster.
Deion strips a really successful coach of his coordinator and playcalling role, the offense goes from good to one of the worst you'll ever see, and now Shedeur Sanders is hurt.
Good work. 78 yards. https://t.co/1bI7EnboEO
— Bud Elliott (@BudElliott3) November 5, 2023
Deion Sanders demoted Sean Lewis for what reason again?
— Andrew Hammond (@ahammALDC) November 5, 2023
Colorado with 78 yards through 3. What was Deion doing making Shurmur the OC?
— Stuckey (@Stuckey2) November 5, 2023
Deion Sanders bungled the end of the half about as badly as you can, gifting Oregon State time for a touchdown. OSU leads 14-3, as the play caller switch at Colorado has led to 52 first half yards. Prime blamed himself for not running out the clock to @Kay_Breezy22 at halftime.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) November 5, 2023
Colorado had 238 yards offense vs. Oregon State w/Pat Shurmur after averaging 408 yards under Sean Lewis previous 8 games https://t.co/xYdc8XUvPx
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 5, 2023
Deion Sanders using Pat Shurmur to try to improve CU’s offense is like driving your car off a cliff to improve a headache.
I know it’s college, but that does not mean you really have to try “anything” once.
Also, I’ll be reaching out to Jared Polis personally to see how…
— ThatsGoodSports (@BrandonPerna) November 5, 2023
ESPN announcers destroying the Colorado play calling and Deion Sanders decisions tonight, rightfully so.
I don’t see any changes from the previous two months, and Shedeur Sanders is still running for his life. He’s gonna end the season on the injured list with this OL
— Trey Wallace (@TreyWallace_) November 5, 2023
Colorado had 51 yards in the first half and went 1/8 on 3rd down while averaging 1.7 yards per play.
Good thing Deion demoted Sean Lewis
— Graham Coffey (@GrahamCoffeyDC) November 5, 2023
Deion Sanders took away play-calling duties from an OC who averaged over 30 PPG this season.
Colorado has 3 points at halftime thanks to a 3 play, 5 yard FG drive.
— Jordan Mann (@CoachJMann) November 5, 2023
Deion Sanders decided mid-week to demote Sean Lewis and change offensive coordinators.
Going into the final quarter against Oregon State, the Buffs are now doing worse offensively than both Iowa and Northwestern. pic.twitter.com/oLTso2zc2s
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) November 5, 2023