Granted that players may not perform the same from one game to the next or during the course of a game and lineup changes are necessary, however, what dictates your shuffling the lines? Do you determine from a shift or a couple of shifts or a period to make changes? Would you be inclined to shuffle the lineup even though you may be winning a game by a comfortable margin but didn't like the performance of a player or players? How do you constructively appraise the performance of the younger players without affecting their confidence and do you appraise the players privately or openly?
To me itís my gut, I go with my gut, and itís also perception of how guys are playing. I could sit here for five hours and talk about situations and why you change lines, there are so many things that come into play.
My whole situation, in general, is I watch early and get a gut feel as far as which guys are going and which lines are going. You want to keep some continuity, but if you are stale or things are not working well, I am certainly not one to sit there and let it play out. We try to give them some time to work through things, but if you feel as a coach in your gut that it isnít working then you make some changes.
Every coach in this league changes their lines, but I think every coach changes their lines to try and make their team better in that particular game. Itís not just to change the lines, thereís always a reason why. And I certainly wonít change lines when things are going well. I think thatís when you lose your players. I know our guys know when I change the lines there is a good reason for it.