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Blackhawks: Is Jeremy Colliton the Worst Coach in History?

Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
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Jeremy Colliton has not been able to make proper adjustments in the last four years of his tenure for the Blackhawks.

Jeremy Colliton has not done a great job in his tenure with the Blackhawks, despite a win-streak last season with a rebuilding roster. However, with a playoff-caliber roster this season he has not been able to come up with the proper systems to win games.

This is a major concern, but the other is his lack of adjustment making. He has been utterly outclassed by every coach he has coached against in October, and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better.

Colliton has made a significant claim to fame in his four-year tenure. He now holds the record of coaching a team with the longest time period without a lead to start the season. His offense ranks 31st overall in the league, and his defense 29th in the league, with one of the easiest schedules in at the moment. From a fanbase perspective, he is now despised, not disliked, and is constantly booed at the beginning AND the end of the game.

As the new coaches in the NHL have gotten better, Jeremy Colliton has been at a standstill for four years. He still believes in a man-system, despite the domination his team experiences due to their lack of coverage.  He STILL can’t seem to find decent line combinations AND his “line blender” has been horrible.

Yes, I was a believer in being patient with Jeremy Colliton and his staff, along with the likes of Patrick Kane, Alex Debrincat, and the others. But this is beyond pathetic. With the likes of Kane, Debrincat, Dominik Kubalik, Jonathan Toews, Seth Jones, etc. they should not sit second-worst in the league. They are pathetic offensively, embarrassing on defense, and their goaltending cannot keep up. Colliton is lucky that he has Marc Crawford and Jimmy Waite on the coaching staff or this situation could have been much worse.

After four years of horrible results, it is time to move on from Jeremy Colliton and give Marc Crawford the interim title until the Blackhawks take a long look at potential candidates. Firing Stan Bowman would be the first step towards this goal as he doesn’t seem to be open towards the idea of firing his “hand-picked” coach. Colby Cohen said “This isn’t a talent issue”, and he’s right. It’s a coaching issue that has to be addressed as soon as possible if they want any hope of making the playoffs.

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