I’ve hemmed and hawed about asking this for a couple days but in the end I wanted to ask this before our playoff fate was decided. What is the best case for keeping Ray Hudson? (Play devil’s advocate if you must. I myself do that below.) Were I to make the case I think it’d be along these lines. In forming this argument I have tried to avoid simple excuses like there were too many injuries and callups so Ray shouldn’t be blamed if the team did poorly. Instead I’ve tried to suggest what Hudson has positively done with the team and present what I think is actually a fairly good defense of keeping Hudson as coach. First, I would concede that the team is not performing adequately. They’ve been very inconsistent and if they get into the playoffs it’s gonna be just by the skin of their teeth. Judging by this alone I’d say Hudson shouldn’t be brought back next year. However, one could argue that there are mitigating circumstances – which I would distinguish from excuses – that put these last two years into a perspective that argues strongly for retaining Hudson as coach. Hudson was brought in two years ago and since then he has been slowly (and at times rapidly) remaking this team. That process isn’t nearing completion now but it has made progress. He’s revamped the entire defense now – the weakest aspect of the team in the Rongen years - and it’s really performing extremely well today. That’s the foundation of any good team. The next step is to take care of the midfield and most especially the forwards. In short, there is a revamping process underway and it could be said that Hudson ought to be given the chance to complete the process he started. Without making excuses that’s probably the best argument I can come up with right now. I suspect there are better and more refined arguments out there though and I’d like to hear them. One more thing about this thread: I’d really like to avoid debating questions like “should Hudson stay on as coach” and I’d also like to avoid arguing about the case against Hudson. If you’re interested in those topics please start a new thread. I’m interested in hearing the best case for keeping Hudson as coach.