Colorado football DC Robert Livingston sends strong message on Buffs defense's expectations

July 31, 2023; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals secondary/safeties coach Robert Livingston
July 31, 2023; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals secondary/safeties coach Robert Livingston / Cincinnati Enquirer-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado football defensive coordinator Robert Livingston spoke directly to Buffs fans about his expectations for the defense in 2024 and beyond -- and assured the CU faithful that their expectations should be high.

“I can promise you we’ll put a product on the field that will make you proud to be there," Livingston said in a Facebook post (h/t BuffsBeat). "I can promise you we’re going to do great things…you don't want to miss out. So if you’re not on the train at the beginning, there ain’t gonna be no room at the end. It’s a day by day process. We’re phenomenally blessed. From the moment I’ve been here, this community has been as supportive as anything I’ve ever seen. And I just can’t wait to put a product out there and be a part of something bigger than myself that all of Buff Nation can be proud of.”

Coming into an attractive job that will have a superstar in Travis Hunter poised to make whoever was hired look good, Livingston could ensure that No. 12 is either No. 1 or No. 2 in the 2025 NFL draft. Not only that, but Cormani McClain's development in year two will be crucial; possibly to the point of determining whether there's a year three in Boulder for the formerly disgruntled CB.

Colorado football DC Robert Livingston excited to work with Pat Shurmur

Livingston perfectly towed the company line during an appearance on the February 9 edition of Buffalo Stampede when he proclaimed how excited he was to lead the defense alongside his offensive coordinator counterpart, Pat Shurmur.

“For me to be a small part of it and play great defense and play complimentary football with Coach Shurmur, man, I’ve known Pat forever," Livingston prefaced before saying, "Pat’s son was on our practice squad for a couple of years in Cincinnati. So I’m just excited, it’s that time of year…this is where it starts. This is where we have to get to work. I’ve got to get to know the players, the staff and we have to come together…there’s gonna be peaks, there’s gonna be valleys like anything in life. So let’s just get ready to work.”

Wouldn't you know it? Livingston worked with Shurmur's family. Just more family ties in a Colorado program that features it up and down the coaching staff and roster.