See, my whole point is how could AM have the structure so effed up and still get them into the playoffs a year or two ahead of schedule. Especially with all the injuries last year. And, as far as "losing the room", if that was the problem, I guess Payne hasn't "found it".
Whatever Murray did right last year wasn't working anymore and if you look at his tenure with the Blues it didn't appear to be working on the whole. They had on insanely hot half of a season that led to the playoffs. Obviously things went well enough for a period of time to catapult the Blues into the playoffs. Was it because the Blues bought into Murray's style of play and executed it extraordinarily well? Or was it just a gutsy performance by the players? Either way, it stopped working. For an organization which (1) has a road map of developing from within and promoting a patient rebuild and (2) declared the fans were the last piece of the puzzle, the only logical move was to fire the coach. If they make meaningful player moves they're probably going to have to trade a couple of the prospects and young players they've been patiently drafting and developing. Even that wouldn't guarantee success and you'd be destroying both (1) and (2). Firing Murray was logical. They stayed true to (1) while doing something that had the chance to save (2). And it still has that chance. There are still games left to play and to suggest otherwise is premature.
Its one thing to be frustrated, its another to play internet GM and make judgments before its all said and done. I choose to be frustrated and withhold judgment than doing the whole knee-jerk thing.
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