I agree. This is disappointing to say the least. Rooney, on paper, looks like a great replacement for Anderson who, in my opinion, was absolutely incredible as a pitching coach. Couch, in my book, is a great recruiter, and I don't know if it was Couch or Barker, but someone was doing a number with the hitters this year, because I cannot remember the last time we hit the ball as well as we did this year.
I do know this Couch was a big part of the success back in the early 2000s when Noble had his great teams. Noble's decline can date back to the loss of all of his key assistants, Whitting, Couch, and Stockton.
Here is wishing and hoping Whitting can find another good assistant.