The Flyers' New Defensive Coach Either Uses His Eyes For Analytics Or Needs To Work On His Comedic Timing
As someone who couldn't possibly have less interest in the Philadelphia Flyers finding their way upon any sort of proficiency in defending a net that's still - after all these years - minded by a suspect goaltender, I must say that this is great news. Take one step forward, and then two steps back, and that's how you do the electric slide of organizational ineptitude! I did the math that Rick Wilson apparently refuses do, and - as it turns out - his hiring is actually addition by subtraction. I'm going to keep that on the DL, as I don't want to be the one to question the results of the extremely intricate "see it, believe it" strategy that he's spent so much carefully constructing. Still, someone who actually cares might want to slip a calculator in his desk, just in case he stumbles upon any obvious flaws in living in the 70's while coaching in 2018.
I'm probably giving someone who basically poured fuel on the fire in trying to comfort the most flammable of fanbase too much credit, but I think Rick Wilson was just trying to make a funny. Personally, I'd leave the jokey jokes to Gritty, because admitting to an inexperience in using the plethora of tools at your disposal is pretty much the coaching equivalent of what Kramer committed at the 'Laugh Factory' all those years ago (aka career suicide). Long story short, NOT...FUNNY. People are just as sensitive to an apathy towards analytics as they are too an over-reliance on them, as they clearly serve a practical purpose without being the end-all, be-all of the practice in purpose.
As evidenced by how long they clung to the Broad Street Bullies pseudonym, I know the Flyers aren't the most progressive of franchise. Still, their fanbase isn't made up entirely 85 year old technophobes (or rational room readers, for that matter), so - even in jest - it's probably not the best idea to go fanning their flames by talking about qualifying your coaching entirely through your cornea on your first day.