Everyone’s grasping at reasons for the Bruins’ inconsistency and looking for a scape goat.
If it were up to readers of TheBruinsBlog.net, the man behind the bench would be blamed.
Here’s the result of this morning’s poll:
Who do you blame for the Bruins' inconsistency?
- Claude Julien (58%, 175 Votes)
- Players (38%, 115 Votes)
- Peter Chiarelli (4%, 13 Votes)
Total Voters: 302
Today on his weekly interview with the Felger and Mazz show on 98.5 The Sports Hub, Bruins President Cam Neely tried to not sound like he was anywhere but behind head coach Claude Julien. However, after talking about the team’s mindset and inability to get off to better starts in games, Neely was asked point-blank: is Julien’s job is safe.
“Yeah,” he replied, “but everybody’s accountable. We’ve got expectations we all want to meet from the top on down through the players. We’ve improved the last three years. We’ve had improvement. We feel that we have a better club. We feel like we’ve added more skill, but we’re all ultimately at the end of the day held accountable for how the team performs.”
Obviously, Neely wasn’t going to declare his coach is on the verge of an exit on a radio show. Nonetheless, he didn’t give him a vote of confidence or make a commitment to Julien either. Should things not turn around soon — and that means not just winning, but winning with a few full-game efforts — it would seem Neely, in his role as all-powerful manager of the entire organization, would make someone — or multiple people — accountable. And in pro sports, that usually means taking away someone’s job.