A little love for Joe Sacco??
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02-23-2013, 01:39 AM
Join Date: Oct 2010
Yeah just need to watch the team play to understand how well the team is being coached.
We can look at numbers, like the hunwick playing time, or breaking up the barrie hedja pairing when it was playing well to put barrie with hunwick. things like that are obvious.
But from shift to shift we look underdone. Not enough quality practice is going on. The number of off-target passes, fumbled pucks, turnovers and giveaways. Inability to get set up in the offensive zone, inability to clear pucks. Poor transition game, poor breakouts. The slow or non-existent or regression of unfortunately most players, or at least the streakiness. The fact that so many people hit posts or miss nets with shots. Then the powerplay and penalty killing. So passive on the penalty kill, then when we are on the powerplay we are either struggling out of our own zone or playing along the boards as though we were at five on five.
Complete inability to change and adjust gameplans to suit the flow of the game. And how often are we getting scored on at the end of the period? Sometimes at the end of every period in a game. How often do we come out after a break and get scored on. Look at the flow of most games this year. We will play at the start but if we go a goal up we switch off. That attitude can be coached out of the team. That game against Edmonton we were up 4-1 and getting hammered. Sacco let them sit back and play placid for 2 periods before the got to 4-4, then he calls a timeout to talk to the team. He should have called a time out when it was 4-3 and we were obviously struggling with only minutes to go. But no. It's clear Sacco isn't saying the right things, he's not drilling them correctly at practice. Just need to look at the quality of every other opposition when it comes to passing. That's the stuff you get better at with proper, effective practice. You can't really practice high energy, you just have to get out there and do that. It's hard to coach talent as well. But you can coach players to have more finesse and to get passes right. Just compare our passing game to any other team. There's a world of difference and the difference is adequate coaching.
I think he's not a great coach.
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