Real Reason Quin Snyder Stepped Down As Jazz Coach

Real Reason Quin Snyder Stepped Down As Jazz Coach

Quin Snyder stepped down as head coach of the Utah Jazz last week.

After eight years with the organization, he rejected a contract extension from management and decided to move on.

Understandably, given the level of interest the front office had in retaining him and in light of the success he has experienced, his move caught some folks off guard.

Why did Snyder choose now to call it quits? An answer emerged in the days following.

“I strongly feel they need a new voice to continue to evolve,” Snyder said, per Jazz insider David Locke. “That’s it. No philosophical differences, no other reason. After 8 years, I just feel it is time to move onward. I needed to take time to detach after the season and make sure this was the right decision”

Obviously the Jazz are a bit of a mess right now. The team’s two top players despise each other on a visceral level. A trade of some sort feels inevitable.

Beyond that, Snyder has been the subject of a lot of intrigue when it comes to other head coaching positions. He was a frontrunner for at least one recent one, before ultimately spurning his suitors.

Health also no doubt played some role in Snyder’s decision. He underwent hip surgery after the season and has been recuperating ever since.

It will be interesting to see what Snyder’s next chapter will ultimately look like. He is an incredibly talented head coach, but his inability to massage the relationship between Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert is impossible to ignore.

Where will he inevitably coach next?

Time will tell.

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Jennifer Withers Hoey

Jennifer Withers Hoey is a former Business Development Manager who transitioned to writing about sports. With valuable connections all over the West Coast, she has used those contacts to break some of the most interesting stories pertaining to the Portland Trail Blazers, Oregon Ducks, LA Lakers, LA Clippers, Seattle Supersonics (RIP), and more.
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