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CU football: Buffs’ MacIntyre begins offseason evaluations

Colorado football coach Mike MacIntyre said Tuesday that no decisions have been made on the future of his coaching staff. Videos of Tuesday's press conferences:
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Colorado football coach Mike MacIntyre said Tuesday that no decisions have been made on the future of his coaching staff. Videos of Tuesday’s press conferences:

Every week during the season, Colorado head football coach Mike MacIntyre would go over game footage and evaluate what he and his staff did or didn’t do well.

Now, MacIntyre has the task of looking at his staff with the big picture in mind.

With a disappointing season coming to a close last weekend, MacIntyre will spend the offseason trying to figure out how to help the Buffaloes (4-9, 1-8 Pac-12) get better.

That could include making changes to his coaching staff, although MacIntyre said Tuesday that no decisions have been made at this point.

“We’re still evaluating everything,” he said. “I don’t like to make knee-jerk decisions quickly right after the season. I’m still evaluating what we would do within our whole program, from every phase of it.”

There are some CU fans who would like to see the first change made at the top, but that isn’t likely to happen.

MacIntyre has a 10-27 record in three years at CU, but still has three years left on a contract that pays him roughly $2 million annually. Athletic director Rick George stated publicly last month that MacIntyre will return for the 2016 season.

MacIntyre said Tuesday he’s never worried about his job.

“Honestly I don’t ever think about my status,” he said. “I’m the head football coach at Colorado and that’s what I want to do and I’m going to work at it with everything I’ve got. If a Mark Richt can get fired (from Georgia) with 10 wins — one of the greatest men in our business — anybody can be fired, so you can’t worry about that.

“I’ve always felt like (CU president) Bruce Benson was behind me, (chancellor) Phil DiStefano was behind me and Rick George was behind me 100 percent. I haven’t ever doubted that. Of course we all want more wins, we all want more, but I think they see the progress we’re making.”

To take the next step, however, MacIntyre may need to make changes to his staff.

A year ago, he replaced defensive coordinator Kent Baer with Jim Leavitt, and Leavitt led the Buffs to a remarkable turnaround on defense this season.

Now, MacIntyre has to figure out how to fix his offense, which sputtered throughout the year. Under the direction of offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren, the Buffs averaged just 24.6 points per game — down from 28.5 in 2014.

A big reason for the struggles on offense was because CU’s offensive line, coached by Gary Bernardi, never got in sync. A rash of injuries and the need to utilize young players had a lot to do with that.

The special teams unit, coached by Toby Neinas, also had a tough year. CU had six kicks blocked, missed 11 field goals and were average, at best, in the return game.

Whether MacIntyre makes staff changes or not, the issues on offense and special teams need to be fixed going into next year.

“Of course there’s different things every year when the season is over and you look back and you refocus and you evaluate,” he said. “You have to make different tweaks and look at what you’re trying to do to progress your program.”

Defensive back Chidobe Awuzie, a junior, said that regardless of what happens to the staff, the players need to do a better job next season.

“We have to hold each other more accountable,” he said. “Overall, a lot of us are down and frustrated that we couldn’t make it to a bowl and send the seniors off right. For us coming back, it’s more motivation to get the seniors that bowl game. It’s going to be a big senior class and we have to find a way to get it done.”

Brian Howell:, on Twitter: @BrianHowell33.

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