Originally Posted by JoeMcRugby
You stated that what did we expect - for the players to throw Norv under the bus? I simply stated that the players didn't need to throw him under the bus - all they had to do was keep quiet or speak in stereotypical player cliche talk.
If the players wanted Norv to be gone, all they had to do was not lobby for his return. Lobbying for his return is exactly what happened - and PR not only lobbied the owner, he also lobbied through the media:
You can listen to PR right here:
Right or wrong, agree or disagree with their thought process, the players wanted Norv back. That's a fact.
Dean did his homework and looked at all the options. When things settled he was faced with the status quo, or taking a gamble with a no-name HC (or upstart). Bottom line is that he saw that this is an issue and very methodically went to understand it and do his best (given the available options) to improve.
He went back and analyzed the cause of the failures and attributed a lot of them to injury. Obviously, he had doubts about the HC (and GM) situation as he looked at replacing them.
In his research, he found that Norv had not "lost the locker room" and that the players felt that their own performances or outside factors (injuries) were the main cause of their poor showing. Some consideration must be given to Manusky last season also.
Given that there were no options, and that overall Norv's record is positive, he kept the status quo. If you think that we were 1 game (or big play, or TONS of INJURIES) short of the Post Season in the last 2 seasons, you can convince yourself that Norv's only missed the playoffs once - kinda. Basically it came down to hoping that bad luck and motivation can be overcome and that the alternative represented a potential step backward.
It's funny how many of the "old guard" are gone (MM, Dielman, VJ, Tolbert, Gregory, Cooper, etc) and that the list of starters for this year is primarily comprised of players in the final year of their contract, players looking for redemption, or young players looking to make a name for themselves.