Desiato wrote:Impossible for any of us to tell. However, the head coach is ultimately accountable. If the players aren't listening, it's a problem he has to solve. It's part of his job.
Yes, if we aren't going to parse the particulars- at the end of the day, it is HCDB who is responsible. Maybe somebody should fill Dan in on that, so he might realize he needs to put responsibility in front of being the player's buddies?
Desiato wrote:Anyway, this analogy is completely flawed. The "on-ice leaders" are peers with no real authority over their teammates, not officers. It's so incredibly naive to think the Pens are going to trade for a Gary Roberts type guy, and he's going to will them to play better D. DB may be the general, but he and his staff are also the officers.
IMO, star players need a tough coach who isn't afraid to send a message. Remember when Bowman did things like put Coffey on left wing and Fedorov on the 3rd line and D? I think a player coach only does well as a short-term follow-up to a disciplinarian.
As the cliche goes, you can't fire the whole team.
It's not flawed.
While there is no direct chain of command, such as in a military situation, that does not mean there aren't players who have the commanding presence to lead. Most of us see this in our workplaces, or perhaps in social casual gatherings. Where even though most of us are on "even" ground with each other, there are certain people who command respect or can organize/direct others. Leaders and followers. And it's not always your most talented players, despite sports wisdom of always handing these "C"s and "A"s to them.
I personally DO think that player leadership gets a bit too much touting by the media, and us fans.
But that is not to say that it is entirely dispensable. Frankly, a guy like Gary Roberts could probably do some good for this team. There are ways to get your point across to other players (fellow workers if you will) that some people can do with gravitas.
At work, we like to call these guys "pushers". They can set the tone for the group, keep focus, and drive any stragglers to get with the program.
Or as I said above, somebody to make things uncomfortable in that locker room when pathetic efforts are being output on the ice. Especially if it's being clearly laid out by the coaching staff what to do, and guys aren't doing it or aren't putting effort into.
Carolina was yet another loss where the Pens were simply lazy, sloppy, and listless. The recent rash of penalties (not as bad in Carolina as it should have been) is being attributed to the Pens being emotional. BULLPUCK. Penalties happen when you get outhustled, are lazy mentally/physically to be out of position, and are being outplayed. If the emotion is apparent, it is coming AFTER the fact. People usually get angry/emotional when their eff-ups are making their life hard.