So a few things, yes most have been hit on before....
Johnson will be here next year, I get it. Hes also being paid millions of dollars, he deserves to be criticized.
I think this Battle thing is a huge indictment of Ben. If he just says nope I am out Im going to Europe/China whatever to play pro, sure no problem. The fact that he says ahh maybe I will do that, but maybe I just want to play not there, is a big big red flag. The CBJ homers said ohh he will be great, we will get/keep MN kids at home, hes got great ins with everyone here, and it will be a slow build from the bottom but it will show sure progress.
Lets recap...year 1, lost his entire roster, most sure explainable, I dont hold him to Carr, any kid in that spot is leaving to go to Texas. But he also loses Gabe, the local kid from his high school, that he was supposed to keep. Ok gets no recruits at all year 1, well semi understandable. Now fast forward. His "base" has already lost a player, plus two guys he recuited to come here already said yahh no we have no interest in playing for you and that terrible team. Plus his incoming class of freshmen (which again we were told will be how he out thinks everyone!) has ONE person, a 3* kid who looks fine but isnt moving the needle for a least 1-2 years and then likely leaves.
Again, losing most of those players isnt a death blow for their actual talent, its the optics of it. Now some kid from the cities goes, ahh battle and gabe left? why would they leave too?
To go back to the top, I get it, Johnson is going to be here next year, but if you think that is the right move, you are either blind to the what is going on or unrealistic. Ben is a bad coach, a very average recruiter and a poor excuse for a team builder. Hes going to get fired and its going to cost us another year. Will the next guy guarantee success, heck no, but its 1 year closer to MAYBE getting it, with CBJ at the helm we are just pushing that back further. I hope all you CBJ supporters buy up extra seats next year since you seem to adamant this is going to work, meanwhile the rest of us will keep our money and use it on another product.