That is guesswork. I didn't think they were playing poorly (Palko aside) prior to that.
I heard players stick up for Todd Haley too.
But, I am not even insisting that Todd Haley was getting along with everybody. My initial problem with him was his overbearing attitude toward the people he works with.
So I don't find it crazy to suggest that his inability to co-exist with his others was his undoing.
However, it sure seems as if he was not being allowed to be the HC of this team, which would shift some of the blame for it all onto whoever was interfering with his coaching.
He is responsible for his own relationships with co-workers.
But I think we all know how difficult that could be if someone is making it impossible to do what you were hired to do.
I'm just glad he's gone. He should have played Stanzi like Pioli told him to. That was the last straw for me. After getting blown out against the Jets. Why do you not put in STANZI?
Overall, I think Pioli has done a good job so far.
But, I think he has to take his share of whatever issues he and Haley had.
And, by dealing with it the way he did, he has really put himself in a situation where this offseason could be a huge factor in his grade in the near future.
If he brings in new coaching, and they are unable to get quick results, I am not going to be pointing at the new coaching staff, but the guy who put himself into the situation of having to make such coaching changes, right as the team seems to be coming together.
My expectations for 2012 are high.
I don't agree with Haley's decision there.
But if Pioli told him to put Stanzi in, then I certainly understand the decision.
Pioli is not the HC. He should not be making decisions about who plays, because that is the coaches job.
I will build your house for you. I will use the materials you choose. And I will build it to the specifications you choose.
But you will not tell me which hand to hammer with.
We were not winning with Haley...he won 4 games and we were not competitive AT ALL in the losses. Sure we were still in playoff contention...not due to Haleys coaching but due to a weak division.
And if every hammer in every nail with your left hand just to spite me and do it poorly...then you will get fired.