Re: Fire Julien
posted at 5/13/2010 9:17 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Fire Julien
A coach's job also includes motivating players to give maximum effort, which certainly doesn't appear to be one of Julien's strong suits. I think we can all agree that Ryder and Wheeler had abysmal seasons, yet Julien did virtually nothing about it. He kept playing them (albeit on the fourth line for a while), so they both know that they can get away with a lot before Julien even considers doing something. If you're one of the other guys in the locker room you would have to be a complete moron not to notice things like that yourself, and the general message is clear: Everyone may coast a little, the coach won't do anything about it. It might be good for some players' psyches if your coach's trust in you appears to have no boundaries, but sometimes the guy in charge simply needs to crack the whip.
Posted by MrHulot
I too have questioned CJ's "shelf life", here in boston. Couple things though. With all the injuries this year, and so many players having off years....his option of "benching" someone was limited.
At this point in the season, "cracking the whip" is brutally unproductive, in fact it's downright team suicide. In fact the coach has to exude confidence around his players. The players are already questioning their abilities....they're starting to tighten up, and a usual concern for a game 7, is that they may panic a bit, run around, and try and do too much.
Yes, all coaches have a speech or 2 going into a game like this, but if the players are intently focused and driven, they don't even hear much of it.
A coach has many responsibilities(and so do the home fans in a game 7). "Motivating" his players at this point shouldn't be one of them. If any player isn't totally motivated from within, entering a game 7 in the playoffs, they have no business playing at the pro level. Plain and simple.
We've played these guys 6 consecutive times now. The players should know what works and what doesn't. They have a system. The time for speeches, motivation and psychology has passed. CJ and his staff have lots to do, during the game....but Friday nite....it's really all about the players. If they want it bad enough, if they play within themselves, and Tuuka doesn't come up with an effort a la Fleury last nite, it's there for the taking.
It's tough for us B's fans right now, but think about all those "great" teams that are already gone. Look at Montreal for heavens sake. Who thought their goalie would single handedly get them trough 2 rounds. That team as a whole, certainly doesn't deserve to be where it is right now.
That's the way it goes sometimes.
Right now, it's not about the coach. It's all on the players shoulders.
The B's played better last nite(small consolation) but they still have a long way to go. It looks though, like Tuuka is going to need to stand on his head. He's due. The team hasn't played well....they're due.
There's much more on the line for both teams here, than just advancing. Both teams have a chance at history. If the B's fail, they'll be longly remembered as a team that managed one of the most spectaular --ck ups in the games storied history. A Flyer win will be a monumental achievement...remembered for decades, and also written in the record books.
Claude & Co shouldn't need to get these guys up, he needs to spend the next 40 hours or so hours combing through game footage, minutely scrutinizing the play of every player on each team. Exposing flaws in the opposition, finding ways to exploit them. Pointing out weaknesses to our troops and offering better options.
Finally, if CJ has a team worth it's salt. Tomorrow afternoon and early evening, he needs to calm them down, stroke their ego's, and somehow convince them it's just another game. Go out there and enjoy yourself, don't try and do it all alone, play the system, and we'll move on. You're an incredible group of hockey players, and i'm proud of you. Lets go out there and get it done.
At this point, those are pretty much the motivational options.