pcbothwel wrote:Ted wants to see if Brooks can get these guys to the next level, because I think he is game to blow it all up if Brooks cant do it...
Wait... you think this because you've been meeting w/ Ted, right?
No, you haven't met with him?
Oh... so how do you know what Ted wants to see? Where did you get the idea that "he is game to blow it all up if Brooks can't do it"?
Nice out of context pull. You realize I started that post with "I Think Ted Wants to See..."
I dont meet with Ted. I simply use what he has done and what he has said. To me, I see the following (Objectively, As I disagree with some of, but it is what I think Teds plan is) and can point out how these relate to his "10 point Plan"
1) He bought the Wiz and had a "Plan" to get high lotto picks with young talent and have them grow for 3-5 years.
Commit to building around the draft. Invest in scouting, development, and a system. Articulate that system and stay with it so that all players feel comfortable-- know the language-- know what is expected of them-- read the Oriole Way*. It worked and it is a great tutorial. Draft players that fit the system, not the best player. Draft the best player for the system. Don't deviate or get seduced by agents, media demands, or by just stats or hype. Envision how this player will slide into your system.
2) Use their rookie contracts and the rising cap to find a point in time when they were ready to compete and find a star FA.
Be patient with young players-- throw them in the pool to see if they can swim. Believe in them. Show them loyalty. Re-sign the best young players to long term high priced deals. Show the players you are very loyal to them as compared to free agents who achieved highly for another team. Teach them. Celebrate their successes. Use failures as a way to teach and improve. Coaches must be tough but kind to build confidence.
Still with me? ...
3) He didnt fire EG because "He stuck to the plan". Again, I disagree, but we see his mindset.
Make sure the GM, coach, owner and business folks are on the EXACT same page as to deliverables, metrics of success, ultimate goal, process and measured outcomes.
4) He hired a head coach that has coach big games/finals games and is known for pushing/communicating with young players and making them better. And this is important because it brings us to what Ted has as No. 1 in his plan.
Ask yourself the big question: "Can this team--as constructed--ever win a championship?" If the answer is yes -- stay the course and try to find the right formula -- if the answer is no, then plan to rebuild. Don't fake it--really do the analytics and be brutally honest. Once you have your answer, develop the game plan to try to REALLY win a championship. Always run away from experts that say, "We are just one player away." Recognize there is no easy and fast systemic fix. It will be a bumpy ride--have confidence in the plan--"trust and verify: the progress -- but don't deviate from the plan."
For him to answer that question, he needs to find out what Wall and Beal truly are as players. We are generally pessimistic as a board, but even we arent sure as Wall has months as an elite player and Beal has shown some of the same. He needed to provide his young players with someone who can get the best out of them. He also needs to see what the cap space can be.
Again... I am not a big fan of Ted and cant stand EG. I am simply pointing out how the actions of the last 5 years relate to his plan and how I BELIEVE
he sees this upcoming season and a half as the time to blow it up or not.