I hate seeing people blame Carlyle for the Leafs loses, because yeah maybe he’s not the greatest coach in the world, I don’t know, no one really knows because we aren’t in the dressing room…
BUT, what we can see is the players actually playing.
And, obviously they aren’t.
And you can’t blame a coach for that. He’s there to coach them, motivate them, get them going to play.
And you know what? He may have very well been doing that, but the Leafs just aren’t listening, or for some reason they’ve got no passion left.
Carlyle doesn’t have like voodoo dolls of all the Leafs who he casts spells on them to play horribly. NO, it’s the Leafs who aren’t skating.
Carlyle is not physically on the ice. All the player are.
They aren’t even playing simple, 10 year old kid on a Sunday morning hockey. They’re just standing around watching the puck go from player to player.
Also, don’t get mad at Carlyle for pulling Reimer. That’s just a strategy that coaches use to try and get their team going! What would have been worse for Reimer? Getting pulled after 3 goals or playing the whole game and letting in 6 goals? Personally, I’d rather just have the 3, especially when it’s basally like abuse having all those goals go in with basically no control over them because your team isn’t even playing simple hockey.
Don’t blame Carlyle until you actually know he’s a terrible coach. We knew the players didn’t like Wilson, and everyone hated Burke, but just because the team is going through a rough patch because we have so many injuries, and they’ve lost their motivation, it doesn’t mean we should start blaming things on the coaches, because, also, remember, there is more than one coach on the bench, trainers, doctors, everyone. It’s not a one man thing. If you blame Carlyle, you might as well blame the whole organization for why the Leafs aren’t winning.
Or, you could look at how they’re playing:
- Not enough shots on net
- Out of position
- Defence isn’t playing the bodies
- Not being physical enough
- Horrible passing
- Too many turnovers
- Players trying to do too much
- Standing still, no one’s skating
I may not agree with all the lines he has or who’s up and down, but just watch the game and you can see exactly why we’re losing, and it’s not Carlyle who’s out on the ice.
The coach devised the team’s strategy.
The coach decides who plays, who doesn’t, and who makes up which lines.
The coach implements a system where the team has low possession numbers, leans on their goalie, and has a low shot count.
The coach is the one who organizes, trains, guides, and motivates the team.
Carlyle is clearly not succeeding at ANY OF THAT. And it’s not his fault? He’s not a bad coach?
If I had a TARDIS, I would dress up like I was from some sort of apocalyptic future, go back in time to the offseason, and burst into Nonis’ office yelling, “DAVE. DAVE, NO. YOU’RE HEADED DOWN A TERRIBLE PATH. I HAVE SEEN THE FUTURE. IT IS HORRIBLE. RANDY’S RUINED EVERYTHING. THE CITY’S A MESS. OUR BANDWAGON NOT ONLY LOST ITS WHEELS, BUT THE AXEL BROKE LONG AGO. JAMES REIMER HAS FORSAKEN GOD FOR FORSAKING HIM. THERE’S NO MONEY LEFT. CHILDREN WANDER COLD AND ALONE IN THE STREETS. IT’S CHAOS AMD SUFFERING, WHILE RANDY SITS ATOP IT ALL AND LAUGHS. AND LAUGHS. AND LAUGHS… ALWAYS LAUGHING…”
That it’s because they’re missing “key pieces” due to injury.
And because Reimer.
I bet you Bernier gets Chicago.
Because Nonis hates us. And Reimer. Mainly Reimer.
Although Reimer’s good against Pittsburgh.
And it’s not like they’ll give Reimer consecutive starts because HAHAHAHA FUCK YOU.
Wait. So… apparently because the Leafs scored enough to negate the deficit from when Reimer was in net, instead of this game being a statistical write-off, it instead gives Bernier a loss?
2) Who the fuck came up with that rule?!
3) That can’t be right. Right?