I for one am thrilled with how this off-season went overall. Sure, you can quibble with this move made, or that move not made, but I think they accomplished a lot:
1. The reshuffling in the front office, I think, is a major positive. Gutekunst, so far, to me looks heads and shoulders above Thompson. And I don't see the downside that some do to this arrangement. Some have claimed it's a power grab by McCarthy; I believe that if anything, it took away McCarthy's "Ted Shield" - broke him out of his complacency and forced him to make some long-overdue changes.
Here's the thing: I LOVE the Pettine hire. Everything I've heard about him says "wow, he's gonna be great". But seeing McCarthy bring in a Pettine - who sounds like such a different animal than Capers was - it makes me wonder all the more WHY ON EARTH he stuck with Capers for as long as he did. You CANNOT tell me that this is the first year that the exit interviews/post-season self-scout revealed these severe issues with Capers. It's been going on for YEARS - players have been complaining about Capers since as far back as 2011! Are you going to try to tell me that it was coincidence that the very year Ted is gone, is the year McCarthy pulls the trigger on Capers? BS! You will NEVER convince me that if the reshuffling hadn't happened, that we wouldn't be looking forward to another year of Dom Capers' ineptitude.
And oh, by the way, one other thing the reshuffling accomplished: Now, McCarthy has no one left to hide behind. He's out in the open, right in front of Murphy and the Executive Committee. If he fails, there's no one left to blame. Not expecting either (success OR failure), really - we'll see what happens.
2. The roster has been revamped about as much as you possibly could in one off-season. Here's a great example of how you can quibble about a move here or there (example: I'm totally ambivalent about the Graham signing; not angry about it, but would much rather have had a defensive player as the 'big signing'), but you can't deny that things on paper look WAY better than they did this time last year. Not sure enough has been done to win a silver football-shaped trophy, but I don't see how they could have done more to get there in one off-season. And I think Gutekunst did a FANTASTIC job in the roster rebuild this year. May not lead to more wins this year, but a lot of groundwork has been laid.
So that's a really long way of saying "I'm not spoiled, and I don't want more - so I'm not part of that 'we'."
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