Re: OK Claude
posted at 3/19/2014 10:32 AM EDT
I always enjoy reading posts where people have the confidence to say they see things differently than they've publicly stated in the past.
I was never a big fan of CJ either, but I think part of that just goes with the territory. If you're a fan of a sports team, and that team isn't getting the expected results, the easiest thing to do is dislike the coach. Heck, the entire industry works that way, so why shouldn't we. If the team wins, it's because of the players, and if they don't, it's the damn stupid coach. In this case, couple that with the fact that Clod doesn't look that bright physically....and it's just so easy.
It's fairly obvious when a player isn't cutting it. When we feel a coach isn't ...it's much more trivial, because we know virtually nothing of their methods. Just the headlines. CJ is a defense first coach. We really have no idea, of anything deeper, we just make all sorts of assumptions from there. They've all been discussed here, and while it's impossible to figure out the full story, there's been ample contradictory evidence to blow most of the theories out the window as to his ineptness.
The coach is on the bottom rung of executive influence. They're expected to cover off every managerial mistake imaginable after the team has been crafted. They don't implement a team executional culture unless the mucks over them sign off on it. Their whole existence is somewhat exaggerated.
There is lots they can do though. Like any junior executive, the ceiling to hugely affect positive results is low, but the potential to fek things up is endless.
My hopelessly subjective take, is that Juliens strength, is that he's mastered some very powerful "human skills". He has the important pieces totally buying in, and he maximises the influence of those people to avoid being the constant "gate keeper". He's blessed with tremendous balance, and he's got a system that anyone can play. I think "he" is easy to manage, and most corporate suits don't like lightning rods.
In a back stabbing, emotional, surreal, predatory, stressfull existence, he appears grounded(as does PC), and that permeates the troops, moving focus and commitment more toward a given, than a wish.
I think he's doing well, but I also think there are a lot of coaches out there who could probably do just as well.