Re: Fire All Coaches
posted at 4/7/2013 6:28 AM EDT
In response to SanDogBrewin's comment:
"Coach said he went w/Peverley's experience at center to help D-zone coverage & Jagr w/Paille & Campbell helped stabilize 3 lines for B's^CS"
The muck n grind dance LoL
Ok...sounds like Julien had two goals last night:
1. Fix defensive lapses. He thnks Seguin at center doesn't help with those. Fair enough. I don't see how one game with a new linemate is enough to tell if Seguin at Center is a huge liability, but whatever. I get it.
2. Breathe some life into the 3rd line. Ok. Nobody will disagree.
So the coach says there are two problems, but then goes out and makes moves that have zero impact in solving those problems.
Let's take #2: He didn't come close to creating an impactful 3rd line. I really, really love Campbell and Paille as players because they are 4th line guys who are PK specialists. It's the best anyone can expect. But they are not two players who hae any offensive upside. He weakens the 2nd line by taking Jagr off, then weakens the 3rd line because two of the three guys can't play the puck possession game that Jagr plays. They simply don't have the talent to lead an offensive charge with pucks on their sticks. They are both 100% dump and chance guys, like every 4th line in the history of 4th lines. And of course this weakens the 4th line because that's where Campbell and Paille actually give the Bruins an advantage over other teams.
So failed on #2.
Now #1: He wants more defensive responsibility, but that's something you COACH. You don't have to move a 3rd or 4th line talent up the chart simply because they get back in coverage. Just have your freakin guys get back in coverage! Lucic knows how to backcheck. Marchand knows how to play a 2-way game. So the lines instead go all bonkers, and the wingers STILL don't pull back into their own zone to support lanes for clean breakouts and STILL fail to take the body at every moment, which in turn opens space and STILL don't generate a lick of speed through the neutral zone and STILL don't have any net front presence, which ties up the MTL defensement and stalls their own conterattack.
SanDog - that quote from CJ makes it worse. He identified two problems, and did the opposite of fixing either one.