Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 2/17/12

PITTSBURGH - JUNE 09: Head coach Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings speaks to the media during a press conference after Game Six of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals at the Mellon Arena on June 9, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
We always take the good ones for granted. When things are going well, theyre the forgotten figure. And when things are not going well, they become the whipping boy. Such is the plight of a professional head coach. A mixture of tactician, disciplinary and psychologist, a head coach must put his team in the best position to win by making tough personnel decisions without bruising too many egos. Its a delicate juggling act because if you lose your team, youll soon be pounding the pavement, looking for your next coaching opportunity. Because of the volatile nature of their position, todays head coach is defensive, cryptic and sometimes honest to a fault. Their honesty usually is in the form of harsh criticism of a player, their team or the old standby -- the media. Imagine being second-guessed on everything and youll begin to understand the coaching profession. Youre continually on trial and always guilty unless you can prove otherwise. Thats why you rarely see a coach let th...
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