'At this point, Ruff is owed, at the very least, the chance to see this season through. If the team continues to make progress, even if it misses the playoffs, Ruff will deserve the contract extension he hasn’t been given. If the team resorts to its previous form, then a parting of the ways would make sense for all concerned. We’re not there yet, despite what most people seem to think.'
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