Strangelove wrote:One more time: Perhaps you have been wrong all along about AV's "expiration date".
Or maybe it's the "best before" date. Real food uses "expiration," a lot of semi-food is "safe" to eat almost indefinitely although palatability suffers hence, "best before."
AV's demonstrated inability to successfully adapt to changing situations has been really frustrating to endure. A mid-season coaching change in a shortened year might not be as hazardous as during a full season. The team isn't super competitive, could use a kick in the pants right now, but most importantly it gives the potential new coach a few months and, maybe, a playoffs to evaluate current personnel to better be able to contribute to off-season movement.
The years with Iron Mike here sucked, but it was a phoenix/ashes thing. I don't think that this team needs that level of gutting, but maybe a milder shock to the system? An “A person needs new experiences. They jar something deep inside, allowing you to grow. Without them, it sleeps- seldom to awaken. The sleeper must awaken." perhaps?