The Colorado Buffaloes have lost two straight games and four of their last five after starting the year 3-0, and head coach Deion Sanders would be making a change in his team.
Sanders will elevate analyst Pat Shurmur to an on-field role calling plays, removing the offensive coordinator Sean Lewis game duties, according to ESPN.
Shurmur and Lewis will be co-offensive coordinators, according to the report.
Action Network was first to report the play call change.
Lewis joined Sanders’ Colorado staff after five seasons as head coach of Kent Statewhere he led the Golden Flashes to two bowl game appearances and reached the MAC Championship Game in 2021.
Shurmur has 20 years of experience in the NFL and served as head coach of the New York Giants for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
The move comes nearly a week after Colorado lost its second straight game in a loss to UCLA. Against the Bruins, Colorado Quarterback Shedeur Sanders, Deion’s son, was sacked seven times, pressured 24 times and hit 17 times, according to the New York Post.
“Overall, you’re going to be looking for new linemen,” Deion Sanders said afterward. “This is the painting, and I’m going to paint it perfectly.”
The Buffaloes ran for just 25 yards against UCLA and are dead last in the Pac-12 in rushing yards per game (78.6).
After getting off to a 3-0 start in Sanders’ first season, reality set in for Colorado. After a blowout loss to Oregon on the road, the Buffaloes lost a shootout to USC before losing two of the next three.
Against Stanford in Week 7, the Buffaloes blew a 29-0 lead, losing 46-43 in double overtime as Stanford earned its first Pac-12 victory of the season.
After the game, Sanders told his players that all the praise and compliments about their season were about to turn around.
“What we just did today was pathetic,” Sanders told his team. “All the love you got, all the love we got, oh you’re ready to see this misstep. And don’t break down on social media and start responding to nonsense because they are right. They are right.”
Colorado must win two of its last four games to reach bowl eligibility.