Why aren't more of you blaming the coach?
Dana, not sure if we're reading the same forum, but a great many people are. Virtually the entire forum has been calling for the heads of Ninnis and Groves all season.
I think blame can be safely apportioned between coaches and players to be honest. I would be surprised if the coaches haven't had a frustrating time trying to keep the point guards on track but the disciplinary options might be limited with no real alternatives (not everyone loves seeing Hill and Ng playing the point).
At some point in the coach-player relationship, the player too has to take some responsibility. They watch tape, they're run through the game plan, they can see what has and hasn't worked in the past and they surely know that Ng and Herbert can hit threes, that Ballinger is the go-to guy and so on. I don't think we disagree that things haven't been working and that change is needed (likely on both sides of the fence), but I wonder if you're looking too much to see Ninnis cop what Smyth copped in the past. Because it's definitely there already - the strong theme is "good guy, but..."
If they do keep Ninnis, I think they'll have to get lucky with the roster combination. Not having a drawcard coach could make negotiations more difficult.
This is a bit of a false dichotomy, but if Ninnis is locked in I think I'd be more comfortable watching a team under him next year than a new coach working with Groves.