Great58 wrote: pcm wrote: Great58 wrote:
Do you imagine the Let's Go Ducks page is trying to blow up their team in the face of three straight losses... in November?
The Ducks are the top team in the league. The Pens are at #14. If average is good enough for you, for a team with 71 and 87, then okay. Keep on the happy trails.
I'd rather not slip through the regular season without any adversity just to find the team tested for the first time in the playoffs. I'd rather have the team encounter problems now, adjust and overcome to toughen itself for the spring. the sky isn't falling. It's just raining.
When this team sees adversity, they crumble. Been happening for 4 years. We've both gone through relatively easy regular seasons and tough ones that we had to face plenty of adversity (injuries, loss streaks, fighting for playoff spots). None of those have benefited the Pens in any tangible results. The whole "it's just November" stuff is rhetoric. Every game counts the same in the standings.
For a second, back off the rhetoric and look at how the team is actually playing. Have they gotten better in the last 4 years? Are they doing things better than they were in 2010 or 2011?
You can easily argue that the answer is no in many aspects of their game. Some are personnel, but the overall level of players hasn't really changed save for Jordan Staal on the 3rd line. But even when he was here, we were usually missing one of Malkin or Sid. Right now, we have a healthy line up and these are the results. If you think it's acceptable, that's fine. I think our team looks like trash. They execute much more poorly than they did in prior years. And what's worse, what you are talking about is facing adversity so they can make adjustments and get better. What's the last MAJOR adjustment they made that lasted more than a week? DB has a plan he wants the team to execute. Regardless of outcome, he continues down that path. He might make a slight adjustment here or there, but very quickly the team moves back to the plan he wants. The problem is that his plan isn't successful. But don't tell him that... it's someone or something else's fault.
People keep latching on to his Cup win (where he wasn't even the coach for the entire season) or his Jack Adams (yet the same people bash the voting and outcome in other years) and the fact that he was chosen to coach team USA but none of you will ever actually look at what his team is currently doing on the ice to analyze his effectiveness. If you have to resort to "he was chosen to coach team USA, so clearly you are all wrong b/c he was picked to do that," you aren't paying attention. BTW... when's the last time Team USA won gold? Obviously they know what they are doing based on their illustrious career of gold medals. (see, I can make dumb comments based on rhetoric as well...)