The divorce of Ali Curtis and NYRB got me thinking about what are standards for success that we are grading Gregg Berhalter against in both his positions. After last year's embarrassment on every level for the organization Berhalter still seems safe in both positions as Coach and Sporting Director. Many would argue that is fair and one down season isn't a reason to let him go. There are convincing arguments for this. Coach Gregg benefits from last season's disaster in a way. Expectations are so low coming off last year's embarrassment on every level for the club that many would consider squeaking back into the playoffs as a 5 or 6 seed as a success. Coach Gregg could point to playoffs in 3 of 4 years, and 25 seconds of hope while hosting an MLS Cup final. At the same time, this will be the 4th season for Gregg as Sporting Director. Gregg's work as Sporting Director is hamstrung a bit by Precourt's refusal to invest in either top level DP's or more importantly a true Crew B squad in USL or what have you. Whatever vision Sporting Director Gregg may have for the squad and development of young players is essentially a tossed out the window once we loan them to Pittsburgh or what have you. There is no continuity in training style or philosophy. We send these players out and hope that Pittsburgh isn't a total shotshow and that they don't get injured. So then, what are we grading Gregg the Sporting Director against? Does the stagnation of Wil Trapp fall under the umbrella of Coach Gregg or Sporting Director Gregg? We have nobody to challenge Pipa and no true like for like replacement for the 4th consecutive year. Is that the fault of Coach Gregg or Sporting Director Gregg? Does the addition 7 central defensive midfielders reflect the philosophy of Coach Gregg or Sporting Director Gregg. If youth such as Crognale, Steffen, Martinez, and now Artur don't develop is that the fault of Coach Gregg or Sporting Director Gregg? As mentioned, Sporting Director Gregg is hamstrung by Precourt. But, how do we decide whether or not it is time to possibly go after a well respected mind like Ali Curtis in 2017 or 18, or just stay the course with this model? If playoffs are success for Coach Gregg, are playoffs alone success for Sporting Director Gregg in 2017, or does he need something more?