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10-18-2010, 12:18 AM
  #22
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Originally Posted by J22 View Post
Players willing to fight each other after being called out by the coach shows the exact opposite of "losing the team". There are a lot of things that you can question about Richards coaching ability, but i cant see how you can blame him for the players lack of consistent effort.
Sorry, but that's losing it. The LAST thing you want is the players to turn on themselves. I know it's been 8 years since the 2002-03 team was out there, but I'll never forget the quote by, I think, Darby. That team played for each other. They were that close, and it was why a low-talent squad could do so much. This is not team building.

I don't blame the coach for everything since he's been dealt a crap team to work with. But, he's obviously no Jacques either. If the players don't believe in him, the effort can go away too.

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