There’s been much talk about Randy Wittman’s job security after winning just two of Washington’s first nine games of the season. Despite disheartening losses which are become a formality around the nation’s capital under Wittman, the players still support the coach who was originally brought in on an interim basis after Flip Saunders was ultimately fired.
Bradley Beal shows support:
"I hate when people put things all on Coach Wittman, this is on us the players" – Beal
— WizardsXTRA (@WizardsXTRA) November 18, 2013
Players still believe in his “system”:
— J. Michael (@JMichaelCSN) November 18, 2013
Washington has made their playoff goals very clear and despite the tough start, no one on the roster has backed off their initial goals prior to the start of the season. The Wizards were much improved defensively under Randy Wittman this past season, but their defensive ranking has drastically plummeted this season. Although the Wizards have improved offensively, their inability to close out games could be directly related to their weak and inconsistent defense.
Head coaches will inevitably get the brunt of the blame, and it’s no different for Randy Wittman. Washington’s players have to start producing on a consistent basis, starting with John Wall who received a max contract extension this summer. Randy Wittman could be blamed for some of Washington’s failures this season, but I think it’s unrealistic to think the Wizards would completely turn their season around if a new head coach was brought in.
After all, the Wizards are trying to establish some sort of continuity and continuously firing coaches instead of blaming the management, who put the roster together, doesn’t make much sense. Washington’s schedule will get significantly weaker in the coming weeks so they’ll have a chance to get some wins. It’s time for the Wizards to stop talking and actually perform. There’s nowhere to go but up.