Polarizing ex-NFL All-Pro WR addresses Shedeur Sanders' criticism of Sean Lewis' Colorado football offense

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Ex-NFL All-Pro receiver Cole Beasley responded to Shedeur Sanders' criticism of former Colorado football offensive coordinator/current San Diego State head coach Sean Lewis' offense -- Shedeur accused it of having too many "choice routes" -- on X, claiming that more communication with the skill position players is necessary to make it work.

"That’s why you talk to all the WRs, tell them the way you see it based on coverage and have them running the choices that way," Beasley tweeted. "With choices, a play should never be covered. QB and WRs have to put the time in to develop that chemistry of knowing what each other are thinking at all times. If you do then it can’t be stopped. I would tell the QB exactly what I was going to do when they play me a certain way."

Shedeur criticized Lewis' offense while speaking to the DNVR Sports team on Super Bowl Radio Row.

"There was a lot of times last year where we had choice routes and different stuff like that to where, I can't anticipate anything," Sanders said. "Now I'm, half a second, holding it longer. I never blame anything on the linemen because it's just always something I could've done better. But, the indecisiveness of not knowing what they're going to do...that just wasn't my style of play, I'll say."

Former Colorado football offensive coordinator Sean Lewis' offense deemed 'extremely predictable'

For Sanders, he may not have known what his receivers were going to do every play. For those covering the Buffs, specifically Ralphie Report's Ryland Scholes, CU's attack was extremely predictable.

"Lewis’ offense was also EXTREMELY predictable," Scholes prefaced before saying, "The Buffs were basically throwing one of three options every play: a short flat to Dylan Edwards, a 15 yard slant to Jimmy Horn Jr., or a 30-40 yards moon ball down the sideline to Xavier Weaver or Travis Hunter. There was very little variation to Lewis’ routes, which opponents exploited. This system worked well for the first 2-3 weeks of the season but after other teams got tape on Colorado, they could just prep all week on stopping the very few routes the Buffs’ ran."

The wrong people found Lewis' offense predictable and the wrong people found it unpredictable. Pat Shurmur has a chance to at least keep defenses and the viewing public, and not Shedeur, on their toes.

That seems to be a step in the right direction, at least.