Reason 3: Some Renewed Confidence in Bob Murray
It’s absolutely no secret that I am fairly critical of Bob Murray. I’ve been displeased with his course of action over the past couple seasons and it ultimately came to a head this season. So why has he gained some of the confidence he lost from me? It’s because he confirmed my suspicions to open this season that he didn’t think he had to do anything this season, that he could just sit back and rest on his laurels and the team he assembled years ago would just cake-walk to another 100 point season.
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His admission that he didn’t improve this team due to lack of effort, rather than actually thinking he was making the team better ironically makes me feel more comfortable with him. That honesty, his willingness to admit that he was wrong and that he has had a wake-up call makes me think he will work hard to right this ship.
Now, I’m not ready to subscribe to the “Bob Murray Fanclub” just yet, but he has earned my patience through this off-season. He’s on a pretty good run at this point, between firing Randy Carlyle (Albeit much much later than he should have but better late than never) his trading of Brandon Montour, his willingness to let players like Brendan Guhle, Cam Fowler, Troy Terry, Max Jones, and Daniel Sprong to play in positions that they aren’t accustomed to, to make some magic happen. Murray has made a mark since February and if he can follow that up with some key moves in this off-season I’ll give him the credit he is ultimately due.
This off-season will be make-or-break for Bob Murray and I am very excited to see the direction he decides to take this team seeing as for the first time in a couple of years it appears he has a vision for this team.
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