I think it's fair to say that opinions among Dynamo fans are split about head coach Dominic Kinnear at the moment. For the second straight season, it's the middle of summer and the Dynamo's season is already on the verge of collapse and the question must be asked, who is to blame?
I don't necessarily think the problem is as simple as replacing the head coach. I think there are issues from the top of the organizational structure to the bottom in terms of on-field performance, scouting and player evaluation. However, in the norm in sports for the coach to take the fall for issues that might not necessarily be all their fault.
None the less, the Dynamo are in real danger of missing the MLS playoffs for the second straight season and nothing that Canetti and Kinnear have done with the roster over the past year has worked. If the team had embraced the idea of rebuilding instead of trying to convince everyone that 2010 was a blip on the radar, it's possible people might be more understanding. Instead they tried to sell something other than the truth in hopes they could have a good season and stir-up interest in the team ahead of the new stadium opening next year.
Now they are left with the very real possibility of the team's season being effectively over in August and a lot of disgruntled fans who are being asked to swallow an increase of their season ticket bills.
Before I ask the readers their opinion, I should offer mine. I don't think Kinnear should be fired but I think the front office has backed themselves in to a corner where they may not have a choice. Let's face it, this time is in a rebuilding mode. My SBNation Houston sidekick Jordan Wise made a good point to me this morning, saying this team is actually in rebuilding mode. There are several players being given a chance to earn their place for the future (Weaver, Watson, Cruz) and youth is being served with Hall, Sarkodie and Bruin being given playing time.
There in lies the problem though, the team has refused to accept or acknowledge they are rebuilding. Instead they've tried to sell this season as an immediate rebound from 2010 and set the bar way too high. Fans are expecting something this team honestly might not be ready for. Either Canetti needs to admit this or he's going to have no choice to make a coaching change he might ultimately regret in an attempt to placate angry fans ahead of the new stadium opening.
So let's start with a simple question, should the Dynamo fire Dominic Kinnear? Do you think it would make any difference in terms of both the short term (trying to make the playoffs) and the long term success of the team? Would it be a misplaced knee-jerk reaction or have things gotten stale and it's time for a change?
Make your vote below and feel free to discuss the state of the team in the comments.