Co-co­or­di­na­tors o≠ to good start

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Brian How­ell

boul­der» Dar­rin Chi­averini and Brian Lind­gren sat to­gether in Lind­gren’s of­fice re­cently, sound­ing like old friends as they ca­su­ally talked about all things foot­ball.

“Our per­son­al­i­ties seem to mesh pretty well,” Chi­averini said.

The Colorado foot­ball pro­gram is bank­ing on the two of them dis­play­ing that same level of com­fort on a daily ba­sis, be­cause if the Buf­faloes are to break their 10-year run of los­ing sea­sons, they need to get bet­ter on of­fense.

Af­ter a 2015 sea­son that Lind­gren de­scribed as “frus­trat­ing,” CU coach Mike MacIn­tyre made a change in the team’s of­fen­sive lead­er­ship.

Lind­gren has been CU’s of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor the past three years, but MacIn­tyre hired Chi­averini away from Texas Tech in De­cem­ber. Chi­averini, a for­mer CU wide re­ceiver, and Lind­gren will now op­er­ate as co-co­or­di­na­tors.

The new brain trust of the CU of­fense can’t wait to see what they can do in Boul­der af­ter a sput­ter­ing of­fense con­trib­uted to the Buffs fin­ish­ing 4-9 over­all and 1-8 in the Pac-12 in 2015.

“I’m ex­cited Dar­rin is here,” Lind­gren said. “He’s bring­ing a lot of good ideas and some con­fi­dence and some new blood in here. I think that’s go­ing to be re­ally good for us.

“I think it’s go­ing to make me a bet­ter coach and I think it’s go­ing to make us a bet­ter pro­gram, so I’m for it.”

Chi­averini has mu­tual ad­mi­ra­tion for Lind­gren.

“He’s a great guy and he’s got good en­ergy,” Chi­averini said. “I was im­pressed with him; he’s a very smart guy.”

Some may view the co­co­or­di­na­tor sit­u­a­tion as a de­mo­tion for Lind­gren, but he sees it as an op­por­tu­nity for CU to get bet­ter and fi­nally start win­ning.

“The bot­tom line is we weren’t as good as we needed to be on of­fense,” said Lind­gren, who of­fered no ex­cuses for CU’s de­cline on of­fense, de­spite a rash of in­juries in 2015. “We’ve got to score more points and win more games.

“(Chi­averini) is go­ing to bring in good play­ers, he’s go­ing to bring some knowl­edge of an of­fense that has re­ally had some suc­cess and I’m go­ing to have the abil­ity to have ac­cess to that and learn from that. It was kind of a no-brainer of, ‘What is it go­ing to take to get him?’ ”

At the mo­ment, CU’s staff is pri­mar­ily fo­cused on re­cruit­ing be­cause na­tional sign­ing day is Feb. 3, but Chi­averini and Lind­gren have started the process of de­vel­op­ing a plan on of­fense.

Lind­gren said they have only “scratched the sur­face a lit­tle bit,” and that most of their work will have to wait un­til af­ter na­tional sign­ing day.

Be­cause of that, it’s too early to say what the CU of­fense will look like in the 2016 sea­son, but it prob­a­bly will be a hy­brid of what CU and Texas Tech did in 2015.

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