The roster’s construction is only part of it, though, and there was a growing sentiment the team was beginning to plateau under Brooks’ direction. Brooks was extremely well-liked in the locker room, but his voice wasn’t carrying the same weight as it once did. Player accountability had become an issue, according to sources, with his message resonating less than before.
“It’s hard for [Brooks] to impose his will on those guys because they would give up on him,” one source close to the situation said. “So he had to let them do whatever.”
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