backing off don't work, that was the difference between gordon and johnston this year. If backing off worked then mark martin would have multiple championships.
Jr. made a great move going to hendricks because alot of his problems in my opinion were decisions made on pit road. rick hendrick is not an absent owner he is there. if you over torque an engine in practice he will want to know why you didn't chg the engine. If you wheel is loose he will want to know why you didn't chg that just to have it fall off on final lap.
Jr. is a good driver and tony eury jr. a good crew cheif, but rick can provide the leadership and or guidance to make them great.