Re: Claude Julien
posted at 4/8/2013 12:27 PM EDT
Appears unanimous....CJ should get whacked.
I'm surprised and disappointed with the verdict.
I've never thought that Julien is an amazing coach, but I think coaches overall get way too much credit when things go well, and too much blame when things don't. I've always disagreed with the "shelf life" stuff(seems more apppropriate for GM's and owners). Players at all levels, routinely "tune out coaches". Coaches don't play the games, they merely attempt to dictate "a system". If you fire your coach for that reason, you're pandering to the whim of the players.
We all know the B's system. Tight team defense is a core value. And it's easy to figure out why. The team doesn't have a roomful of snipers. Any coach, with any brains, would embrace this system, with this group of players. A great defensive game doesn't take one ounce of potential away from offense. Many don't agree, but it's true.
For me, the whole "fire the coach" mentality, virtually always glosses over the real issues. Issues the big brass don't want to deal with, or are too stupid to figure out.
Lets look at a few of the realities. First, many have pointed out a sense of lethargy. I agree with that, and it started against Washington. You could smell the difference. The question is why. We got force fed this "hangover" BS all last year, and it came mostly from upstairs, not the coaches office, so.......anyway, they didn't seem "as" engaged against the Caps, as most of us expected.
This year, the schdule is a marathon. Like all regular season's...it means nothing, as long as one makes the playoffs. This year is even worse, especially for the B's. That easy schedule the first month, has turned into an incredible grind, that can easily screw a team before playoffs even start. I'm guessing, that's a real big deal when it comes to "icetime" this year.
Many are ragging about the fact that poor play appears to be "accepted". Possible I guess, but it seems highly unlikely to me. We know virtually nothing about how that stuff is dealt with. That news isn't shared with the public. One thing though is obvious. Everytime one of the top 6 misses a shift, there's an uproar here, about the peripherals getting too much ice time.
The last 50 seconds of the Montreal game seems to be logic for a new coach. I don't know where to start there. I've never met a hockey player whose unengaged with a minute left in a 2-1 game. It doesn't happen. I've never met a coach whose won a game with 50 to go either. What happened there has zero to do with coaching. I can assure you Julian never said, "pass the puck around til you can get a tap in". "Don't shoot unless it's a sure goal". What hapenned in Montreal was just.."shite happens".
Every other day last year, we had a "dump DK" thread. Those should be a lesson.
I see 3 big issues. 1. Seguin, 2. Horton, 3. Lucic. I don't think a new coach fixes any of those. Horton and Lucic both have a history of inconsistency. Turned around, that can be taken as "streaky". hopefully they'll be "due" when the playoffs start.
Seguin though, is a different animal to me. I know he's considered sacred around here, but I'd like to knock his head off. This is his 3rd year. Enough excuses. This year, he's about on par with Samsonov in his 3rd year here. He's beginning to look like a one trick pony, with the hockey sense of a Zamboni. It would sure be nice if that were Juliens fault....I wish I felt it was.....but I don't.
Hopefully I'm wrong about his brain. You have to have that to become elite. It can't be coached. Maybe he's just a little slow on the growth curve, and still a bit overwhelmed. His team mates have a much bigger impact in all of those area's, than the coach though.
We have a few second tier issues. There seems to be more games when the team just stinks overall. I think that's a function of playing so many games in such a short period of time. Practice time is limited this year too.
Blowing leads can be attributed to that also. The pp is an issue, but, i'm sure everyone from Neely to the office clerk are in on that one. So easy to pin that all on Ward, but that is being coached by comittee. Be shocked if Jagr hasn't had his brain picked by every suit in the company on this issue.
Brickley said something off the cuff a week or so ago, after a Bruin loss. He said "this team is very good when they have their game going". (paraphrase)
Some obvious conclusions from that statement. The first one being, they're quite average when they don't bring it.(as is the rest of the league). Not a team of superstars, but a team that relies more heavily on work ethic, and a system, than other elite teams.
If I believed a different coach could bring in a different system and do better, I'd be all in. I don't believe that though. A new coach would need to attempt to employ the same philosophies to be successful.
Things change quickly. I've been watching the Rangers closely all season. Is anyone going to actually "prefer" facing them.. if they get in?
A brand new season is just around the corner. No need to reinvent the wheel.