After the latest frustrating loss Nelson admitted to being soft on his players, soft on defense, and ready to address the team’s weaknesses by naming his assistants defensive coordinators, with the freedom to make changes without consulting him first.
Sure sounds like the beginnings on an abdication, yet he also slid in he has two more years on his contract – ala "I’m not quitting" but "I’m turning the job over to my assistants."
Those of you with memory of Nelson’s departure from Dallas will recognize a pattern.
Those of you with a memory of this past July, will also remember a post that was pretty definitively calling for the coach to step aside.
That post predicted that we’d have to overpay for FA to come, among other items, yet was attacked for looking for a scapegoat in the wake of Baron’s departure and a "knee jerk reaction". Now we get Nelson must go posts every 6-12 hours.
I really admire Nelson, really appreciate the playoff run.
But even he is now seeming to position himself for a buyout. I have to admit to being a bit surprised – when he re-upped with Rowell, my expectation was he’d stay and make a run at Wilkens’ record.
Whether Smart or Moncrief steps in on an interim basis is almost a moot point – with Mullin’s imminent departure, and Rowell’s finger tips all over the current mess we will be left without either Mullin or Nelson to lead us out of the wilderness.
And quite likely we'll be sliding back to the Musselman-Montgomery-esque coaches for another decade. Sure, we might lure Cheeks or Saunders, or another of the recently departed (fired) head coaches. But are any of them franchise architects? Cause that’s what we’re gonna need. Avery? Anything's possible. Perhaps the miracle trade that works in the ESPN trade machine will actually come to pass and superman will fly in to save the day.
Ya, anything's possible. But it's more realistic to part ways amicably and begin the rebuilding process in earnest.
There will always be a bright spot in the Oracle for the coach, just a shame he couldn't have left on a higher note. In comparison to where we are likely to be when he bows out, Dallas was sitting pretty when he left Texas. But this mess is not all his doing, he had help from Mullin, Rowell, and yes some of the players past and present. And with his payday and likely spot ready and waiting in the islands, no one's shedding a tear for him. It's just time to say Aloha.