It's like they are not so much incompetent as they have no IDENTITY! IN THEIR CHEST! I feel like I understand the plan, but then they do something weird moves like not selling Long or Clark and I am confused again.
A bit of transparency as to what they are thinking would go a very long way to maintain interest among the hardcore fans I think. "Usually we would sell a player like Long, but we really wanted him for a run this year....." or " Usually we would sell, but Coach said he needed Long this year, so we give Stuber leeway to make that call."
Maybe I just don't get the plan and they just swung and missed. But absent any sort of explanation from Schieder and co, I am just assuming they are directionless.
Maybe our identity is exactly what they say it is; the system is the star, build with young homegrown talent, move away from players when they hit 30. We have no track record of selling young players unless the player aggressively pushes to be sold (Miazga, Murillo, Taxi). Not selling Long or Clark or Davis weirdly fit exactly into that identity. Its almost as if the perception that we are simply a farm team isn't real.