Why is it so easy for teams to fire coaches? I mean, the moment the team starts losing its edge, it is always the coach that gets the ax before the gm. I think it is really hypercritical. Think about it - who is the guy who hired the coach in the first place? Now come on, what are you saying about yourself when you fire the person you hired? This kind of reminds me about when I was a kid, and when in trouble my brother and I blamed each other, and no one took responsibility for their own actions.
Too often, the teams are really taking the easy way out by firing the coach. When do we start holding the players responsible for their actions? So many new coaches, and yet the same old same old. It just seems to me that the NHL should have to have cause before they can fire a coach. Now I know that the coaches do still get the rest of their pay, but the team still has an incompetent General Manager.
More often than not, I see these General Managers go through coach after coach, and yet he still stays. I just do not understand the owner; has it not clicked that just maybe it is not the coaches that are causing the problem. After all, who are the one who signed the players in the first place, for the coach? A new General Manager comes in to a new market and fires his coach. More often than not, he starts bringing in his players before he brings in his coach; why, I do not know. So the coach comes in with the new team that the GM has built, and fails miserably and gets canned, yet the General Manager gets off scott free.
Tell me why does one get off and other pays the penalty? In reality, someone has to pay the price. It is just easier for the team to blame the coach than the players. I am not saying this is always the case. Granted, sometimes it is the coach. The general manager is often just as much at fault as the coach is. What really bothers me is when the new coach comes in, the team will all of sudden get on a hot streak. Well, what happens? Everyone points and says yeah see the coach was doofus. But what happens if the team still struggles? Then we say that the new coach just needs time to put in his new system. Yes, I am a cynical person, but I am old and I have seen this happen more times than most of you have had girlfriends. Sorry but when I was young there were more bikes than cars on the road.
I know how it goes. It's an old boys club, and sometimes they don’t play nice. The players have to take some blame too, but how can we hold the players accountable on how they play? I know you can send them down to the minors, but no team can do that very often, because of the players' one-way contracts.
So what is the solution to the fire-the-coach problem? Simple -- make the General Managers take IQ test before they get hired. I am sure most of bad ones would fail. Okay, I am being facetious. You really can’t force them to take an IQ test. So trick them into taking it. Seriously, ask them if they would take nimrod and hire them as a coach. Wait, they already did that. In all reality, the problem will never end, so yes, we will always see what I like to call the madness of a general manager.