Offensive coordinator Mike Thiessen isn't just looking for Air Force to be better this fall.

The former Falcons quarterback is looking for Air Force to show dramatic improvement from last season's 2-10 record, the worst in Academy history.

"Coming off the season we had, 3-9 would be better, but that's not enough," Thiessen said. "Our expectations aren't to just get better. We want to get a lot better. Our expectations are to beat Army and Navy, win the conference and go to a bowl game."

His senior season in 2000 was his best as a player when the Falcons were 9-3, won the Silicon Valley Bowl with a 37-34 victory over Fresno State and Thiessen was named the Western Athletic Conference's offensive player of the year.

Thiessen joined coach Troy Calhoun's staff in 2007. The Falcons had been to a bowl game six consecutive years before last year's disaster.

Thiessen has noticed a sense of commitment from his players this spring, making him believe the Falcons will make a comeback this fall.

"We've simplified some things this spring and said, 'Let's get good at something,' " Thiessen said after a practice this week. "Maybe when you go through a season like we had and you experience failure, you really strive to get better. I've seen a different attitude this spring."

Calhoun has given three quarterbacks about equal time this spring. Sophomore-to-be Nate Romine has the most game experience and is sharing time with junior Karson Roberts and senior Colton Huntsman, who moved over from wide receiver. Senior Kale Pierson has practiced but hasn't taken part in any contact work while recovering from knee surgery.

"Anytime you have game experience, it's valuable," Romine said. "We go out every day and practice hard and go back to the film room. You come away from watching the films thinking you have a lot of work to do."