I'll start this post with the claimer that this is just my opinion & would love opposing feedback.
In any case, after 21 rounds I've finally felt the justification to post this.
I'm a big believer in energy and I believe that our current coaching staff, in particular Simon Goodwin, feeds/installs negative nervous energy into our players.
Big far fetched statement for sure, and I'm sure many eyes will roll but here is my justification:
Simon Goodwin's jittery and nervous interview before Collingwood round 23 last year was the first sign. As a supporter I was beyond confident going into the game, people talked of a danger game & I laughed in my head believing in a 10 goal win against an injury ravaged pies (Pendlebury etc... out), but my confidence plummeted once I heard the pre interview from Goodwin game day, after hearing from him I went from confident to nervous. This was a genuine feeling as a supporter hearing him speak. He spoke nervously, he voice was shaking, he repeatedly mentioned what a big game it was. Thinking back I couldn't imagine Clarkson speaking in the same manner. In any case at the time I let it fly.
10 years ago I would've laughed at the argument that a coaches pre game interview could have any impact on his players but that changed after hearing from the tigers and Hardwick last year.
It's been on record that once Hardwick started being more relaxed with the players they started winning important football matches and as we know eventually the 2017 premiership.
Remember when the Tiges would choke in finals? Hardwick admitted that he was too intense built the games up too much, much like I felt like Goodwin has. I remember the tiges being like us, paralysed in important games, missing shot not playing their real game that had made them successful.
As history shows post 2016, Hardwick changed his coaching demeanour, he became more relaxed, & open, this year that mantra is demonstrated by first year player Jack Higgins sharing a joke with the players at 3/4 time, heck Hardwick and the team even laughed at the crows 'power stance' post the anthem in the 2017 grand final.
Lets be honest we have the players that are in the top eight sides of the comp, currently we don't have the mentality to win the big games win they matter, and for me that come down to the coach and his energy on game day.
I heard an interview with Petracca a few weeks back on SEN and he said he was nervous in the last few mins against Adelaide when Betts hit the post in the goal square. My thoughts immediately went to Dusty Martin thinking would he be nervous or would he be thinking about finishing the game off. Harsh but my thoughts.
IMO in big games we play nervous, we miss shots on goal, we don't play our natural game and we loose from unlosable positions (Geelong twice near siren, Port, etc.). All this reminds me of the tiges before last year.
Goodwin must change his intense (contested ball focused) nervous demeanour he projects on our players to be our next premiership coach. If he he doesn't IMO we'll be nothing but a first week losing finalist like the tigers of old.