How long will Julien last?
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10-10-2003, 08:23 AM
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All this thread indicates to me is that there are actually people out there who would call for the coach's head after one game.
I'm not sure if I should be angry at the obvious ignorance of how the game develops or if I should laugh at the hilarity of such a comment.
Julien may very well be fired this year, he's not Gainey's 'man' and usually a GM wants a coach that works within the system that said GM plans to implement. However, calling for his head after one game - against the best team in hockey - because of a loss which, admittedly, looked weak at times, is ludicrous.
For all of you who couldn't see the 'system' and don't understand why they didn't play it for 60 minutes, then all I can say is that you have a) little understanding of hockey, and b) little understanding of humans.
The system was there. We had stretches where we played very, very well. I'll freely admit that they were few and far between, but they were there and that tells me the opportunity to improve is great.
Then there's the human equation. These are players who, and let's be honest here, have not played the 1-2-2 or any other kind of defensive system, in years. Yes, they've had a month of practices (whoopee) and a handful of exhibition games. But it takes time. To expect them to come out into the regular season and play the perfect system is...well, it's unrealistic. It takes time to gel. Both the players and the coaches have to sit down and evaluate what they saw last night and then make adjustments. (Actually, playing against the number one team in the league first was a good thing because you tend to learn faster.)
And they're going to have to do it constantly for the first part of the season.
If after game 20 or 25 you see the same type of play as you did last night, then when you call for the coach's head, I can assure you Gainey is on the same page with you.
But for now, let's just let them learn and improve instead of calling for change because of one loss.
*sighs* It always amazes me how the 'most knowledgeable fans' in hockey can say some of the silliest things.
A concerned fan.
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