The team dropped its seventh straight games to start the season and while rumors of a change-up in Columbus have swirled around Richards, Dubinsky feels the team is to blame for the poor outings.
"It’s not just him. There’s 23 guys in here. He’s working his ass off," Dubinsky told Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch. "He’s trying to change things, make us a better team.
"For a majority of the seven games so far, we haven’t gone out there and executed. It’s unfair on our part to play in front of him that way. He cares a lot about winning. He cares deeply about this organization, the city, the fans, the team, the players. I feel like we’re letting him down and it's unfortunate. It’s a really shi**y feeling. It’s 100 percent unfair to put this on him. We put our skates on and play. He puts the game plan together. If we don’t execute it, that’s on us."
Defenseman Jack Johnson echoed the thoughts of Dubinsky, adding the team can't ask any more from their coach.
"I can say 100 percent it’s not his fault. He can’t go play for us,' said Johnson. "The way sports are, typically people start pointing the finger at somebody.
"This isn’t his doing. At the same time, I feel for all the guys in here. This isn’t a lack of effort. We don’t enjoy this. This isn’t the plan. Guys are trying. I can promise you that. But coaches can’t play for us."
The Blue Jackets remain the only team without a win or a point this season.