As we watch the Tommy T regime take hold, we are all starting to take in the coaching changes that are taking place with open mouths and shocked expressions. However, after I close my mouth and look at things closer I start to realize just how necessary these changes are for the team that is taking shape in the wake of the 'Leach Era'.
To put it simply, what happened with Leach was a nuclear fallout of epic proportions to the team and program, when sides split with coaches and administrations it is NEVER a good thing. The main thing that worried me after Leach's departure was indeed the coaches that had his back solidly throughout the whole affair. YES these were all great coaches (Ruffin, Riley, Wiley, etc.) it was just unfortunate for them that they had to get involved (as necessary as it was). When a new coaching regime comes in and there are many loyalists still left that have taken a big enough stand for the previous coach it is a dangerous situation... especially when many of these coaches were looked over as suitable replacements for Leach.
In pirate terms, Tommy T took over a very opinionated pirate ship, and if he did not clean house mutiny would have followed in suit. Not on a large scale mind you, but you would always have whispers of doubt amongst the crew, which always leads to bigger problems.
I guess this where we put trust in the idea that Tommy knows what he is doing, and it is best for the team... Though I hate to see these coaches leave, perhaps it is for the best.