The Orioles abysmal season of 47-115 has come to an end. With half the roster gutted during the midseason trade deadline, Adam Jones likely playing his last game as an Oriole. Buck Showalter and Dan Duquette statuses up in the air, with one likely done or both.
Often when teams collapse like the Orioles did, someone has to be the sacrificial lamb and that often is the manager. Hired to lead the team managers get all the praise and all the blame depending on which way the wind blows. When managers are released the reason often given is their “message” has gotten stale.
While it may be true that after so many years especially on teams with veteran players, they may get tired of hearing the same thing. The philosophy of the coach may sound like a parent repeating themselves. Or as the generation gap widens between coaches and players, they may find they cant relate to the players.
Now for all of the blame managers get when things go south real fast, there's one tangible managers don't do. That's play on the field and produce. At the end of the day if a team is not equipped with stars who produce, they may not get very far.
Coaches defined as the greatest ever often had power players on their team, that’s not to take away from their style or philosophy. At the end of the day their style and a roster of play makers made for good managers.
The Bill Belichick's of the world, Bill Parcells, Phil Jackson, Joe Torre, Pat Riley, John Madden, Vince Lombardi and so many more. Yes their great coaches but put them with a D league roster and let’s see how far their philosophy will take them.
That raises a question, is too much emphasis placed on head coaches or not enough emphasis? Yes their paid millions of dollars to lead the team, but their also field generals. Often not having much say in decision making and one way or another being told to get it done with what they have. Come of think of it their often given directives that regular folks experience just making way less money. Coaches can raise trophies or head home into oblivion, either way I think the amount of emphasis placed on head coaches is sometimes unfairly just right or wrong.
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