Our pal Henry Abott put this together from the otherwise unhelpful press event which took place Monday:
There are accounts of these kinds of reviews — executives getting hauled in for very tough questioning — at many of Allen’s businesses, including the Seahawks. The deep review is part of his game. (When the Seahawks fired coach Jim Mora recently, they did so after “an extensive internal audit.”) It’s something Allen has a track record of liking to do, and it’s one of the ways he puts his imprint on the organization. And if ever there were a year for such a review in Portland, this would be it. So, expect a serious brand of questioning, after the season, from the owner. And expect that to play a big role in who runs the team in the future.
Now, put yourself in the shoes of Larry Miller or anybody else who works for Paul Allen. Blazer fans are irate and confused. Miller serves at the behest of Allen. He can’t really be considered a good employee if he goes out there and says that “nobody knows what the owner is going to do!” That would be like building a neon sign, directing fans to send their ire directly to Allen. Meanwhile, it’s his part of his job to insulate Allen from some of that. So he wisely didn’t sell his owner down the river. Instead, he said what he could say: That there would be a review this summer.
Assuming Pritchard doesn’t resign in the interim — at this point, many think he could get a different job where he’d be happier — that review will likely be the next important step in this process, because that’s when the voice that matters most will enter the conversation.