Last year, Carlisle was dragged down by the brawl. This year, he suddenly finds himself dealing with a similar situation roster-wise (save the addition of two rookies, Jasikevicius and Granger, as well as whatever new player(s) we get).
Still, fans and critics aren't going to be very forgiving of Carlisle if this team doesn't manage to remain in the top ten of the NBA.
The thing is, it's not his fault. Sure, the team struggles for shots. But he built this team to play a defense-first, grind-it-out sort of game. And it's an easy game to criticize when the team isn't winning, because it's ugly when you win, and it's downright unwatchable when you lose.
But I'm not convinced that any other coach in the league could do a better job with this team than Rick. Nevertheless, he's going to be a prime candidate for under-the-bus throwing over the next couple of months.