I'm curious if those people ever criticize their favorite MLB team, NFL team, or any other sport where people are paid to perform. These guys are professionals and not above scrutiny and/or criticism.
That doesn't mean you're not going to defend "your" guy, but you can do it in a logical way and also recognize when the criticism is coming from a complete troll.
Ryan ran terrible. I don't care if you're his biggest fan or not. By any measurement, today was a failure, other than picking up the appearance fee check. At some point, by simple deduction, any reasonable fan can see that Ryan coaching himself isn't going to produce the results he wishes for.
In the end, winning isn't overly important to him, but running allows him to keep sponsors, keep his foundation running, and lets him spread "the good word" by having a forum. I'm sure winning is on his radar, but at the end of the day, his faith and his side projects have more meaning than committing 100% to training. He's not willing to bleed for it, or maybe better stated, he doesn't believe in bleeding for it.
And that's fine, I'm just over hearing the Ryan Hall record spin. Listen to that Meb interview after the NYC half, that sounds like a guy who's 100% dedicated running Boston to win. I listen to Ryan talk and it's always more to do with the foundation and faith than it does with the desire to win.
I'm cool with that, but then lets call it what it is. He's a great guy who's heart is in a different place than where it needs to be to win marathon majors. I'm sure he's ok with that.