The decision to remove Sean Lewis for Pat Shurmur as lead Colorado football play-caller was certainly a head-scratcher; one many felt was misguided since Sean Lewis was doing a fantastic job. The Buffs’ Week 10 26-19 loss to Oregon State — and more specifically the offense under Shurmur — confirmed the belief that the decision may have been misguided.
BuffsBeat’s Nick Ferguson didn’t go that far in his assessment of Shurmur’s offense , but he did call it “vanilla” compared to Lewis’s.
“Shurmur, a former NFL head coach, didn’t have much of an impact for the Buffs offense and seems pretty vanilla compared to Lewis’ scheme,” Ferguson wrote.
Coach Prime defensive about Colorado football offensive play-calling switch
Coach Prime was not going to let reporters speak ill of Lewis following the shocking demotion of the former Kent State head coach; a coach many are projecting to land with Michigan State in that same role during the offseason.
“We’re not going to demean Sean Lewis,” Deion Sanders prefaced before saying, “We’re not going to take that tone. Sean is a good man. I think he is a good play-caller. We just needed change at the time. We needed to try something else at the time, and that’s what we did. Let’s just trust the process.”
Coach Prime seems to be high on Lewis’s play-calling, but maybe he is right and the offense just needed a new voice. With the mounting losses, and instances like the second-half collapse against Stanford, Lewis may have lost the plot with the locker room.
Not to mention, Coach Prime needs someone to blame for all of the sacks Shedeur Sanders has taken and the lack of a complementary running game to No. 2’s explosive passing. Lewis was the fall guy, but his future remains bright regardless of what any talking head has to say about it.