Tuesday, February 17, 2009

How coaching is like the Wizard of Oz

NY Rangers coach Tom Renney, whose team started the season at 10-2-1, but has lost eight of its last nine games and sits at 30-22-6:

"I take full responsibility for where the team is right now. That's incumbent with the position," he said. "My job is to correct this, get us winning, get us feeling better about ourselves, look to be a solution. It's as simple as that. You know, coaching is an interesting art ... I think it was Jimmy Johnson who said the Tin Man needed to be yelled at and the Scarecrow needed to be kicked in the butt and [the Lion] needed to have an arm put around him or whatever."