On Monday, Joseph fired six assistant coaches, including Eric Studesville (assistant head coach/running backs), Tyke Tolbert (wide receivers) and Jeff Davidson (offensive line). That was after offensive coordinator Mike McCoy had already been fired in November.
Elway on Tuesday simply confirmed what all of the quarterbacks on the roster already knew — there are no givens at the position.
“We continue to hold guys accountable for the way that we play, for the way that is acceptable for us to play,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “We trust that our players are made up of the character that they’re going to keep working extremely hard, because they don’t like losing and they want to get better. As long as we do that, we’ll be just fine at the end of it all.”
“There was no execution and, worse than that, there wasn’t a heck of a lot of compete for 40 minutes,” Panthers coach Bob Boughner said. “By the time we turned it on a little bit and changed things in the third, it was just too late.”
Kailer Yamamoto also had a goal, Joey Anderson added an empty-netter and Joseph Woll made 27 saves for the Americans, who will play Sweden in the semifinals on Thursday.
Sweden held on for a 3-2 quarterfinal win over Slovakia earlier in the day to remain unbeaten in the tournament.
A preliminary-round loss to Slovakia put the U.S. on the tougher side of the bracket. The Americans responded to that loss with three straight wins over Canada, Finland and Russia, using third-period goals to pull out each of the victories.
“I think we’re starting to play our best hockey,” U.S. coach Bob Motzko said. “This tournament always has booby traps. We hit ours right away. We got through it.”