CU Buffs’ coaches, players keeping lines of communication open – The Denver Post
After being hired as Colorado’s head football coach on Feb. 23, Karl Dorrell made it a top priority to meet with each of the Buffaloes’ current players.
There hasn’t been much face-to-face interaction since, but Dorrell and his staff are doing their best to stay in touch with players and recruits during unprecedented times.
Concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) have forced coaches and players to practice social distancing and keep in touch through technology, rather than in person.
For a new coach still getting to know his team, it’s been a challenge.
“I would say it’s more difficult doing this not in person, yes,” Dorrell said this week. “But the players, we all are off to a really good start with my interviews that I made my first week when I was on the job.”
With CU’s campus closed and remote learning being set up for the remainder of the semester, many of the Buffs’ players have gone home, while the coaches are working out of their homes.
“I won’t say it’s a hindrance, but I would say it’s on hold because we’re not together,” he said. “We’re unable to see all of those guys face to face, but we are in constant contact, our coaches are in constant contact. I’ve mentioned to the team … ‘We’re going to use this as a challenge and as a great opportunity, not as something that’s going to set us back.’ Right now that’s the mindset we’re trying to build with our team. What are we doing to maximize this time that might be better than what everybody else is doing?”
While the coaches are staying in contact with players, Dorrell said players staying in touch with each other is “really the most important part, in my eyes.”
“We’re trying to, as coaches, create those lines of communication with our players; coaches to coaches; player to coaches; and coaches to players,” Dorrell said. “We’re trying to create all those lines of communication, but the most important line of communication, I believe, is the peer-to-peer communication that’s going on between your team.
“I know our players are creating that mindset and are talking to each other about making sure they’re doing their workouts and handling their academic situations, things like that.”
CU also has 15 players who signed in the 2020 recruiting class who have not yet enrolled, so Dorrell hasn’t had a chance to meet them in person, but those lines of communication are open, as well.
“The constant communication that was started early is still being in process right now,” he said. “The biggest thing is making sure they’re getting all their paperwork and documentation and things of that nature for getting admitted on campus this summer. We’re in constant communication, both the staff and myself with keeping them kind of abreast of what’s been going on with us.
“They’re part of our family, even though they’re not technically on campus yet.”
If there’s a silver lining to this situation, it’s that Dorrell and his staff have had more time to get to know each other and formulate their schemes. Because of the late timing of Dorrell’s hire – plus the hiring of six new assistants – the Buffs were scrambling to get ready for the original March 16 start of spring football.
CU has never had a chance to start spring practice, giving coaches plenty of time to work together before getting on the field with the players.
“In general, yes, we are spending some time as a staff – offensively, defensively and special teams – kind of working on what our systems are, what our philosophy is, who we think we are going to be,” he said.
However, Dorrell said he’s cautioning his coaches to not spend too much time devising complicated schemes.
“I learned this years ago in coaching: we’ve got to be really careful how much we’re in the laboratory in devising too many things, just because it’s not what we know, it’s what our players know,” Dorrell said. “Sometimes having this type of time as a staff can be a detriment, because we’re not on the field, we’re not evaluating (players) daily. We’re not maximizing their abilities because we’re not seeing it in person, so to speak. So you’ve got to be careful that way.
“We can’t be too crazy about getting too much ahead of ourselves, but yet we have to be prepared … about being ready to go in any moment.”
CU has hired Junior Tanuvasa as a quality control analyst, according to 247Sports.com. Buffzone has previously reported that CU retained Bryan Cook as quality control for defense, while hiring Reggie Moore (quality control for offense) and Chris Reinert (quality control for special teams). … 247Sports also reported that CU is hiring Bob Lopez as director of player personnel. He was an associate athletic director at the University of Delaware for the past 28 months.
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