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  1. Until last week Goodwin had done a pretty good job in keeping the team motivated given our finals chances were over. We just didn't have the skill to finish off our chances in front of goal. My biggest criticisms of his performance this year are his defensive press being too aggressive early in the year (particularly for the MCG) and his selection of players like Lewis and Jones on the wings. These decisions were wrong from round 1 and he didn't adjust quickly enough. Against Sydney, the team selection was crazy and brought a lot of heat on him IMO. A team of midgets and no key forward was a recipe for disaster. And I cannot fathom the dropping of Hunt from that team unless it was for disciplinary reasons.
  2. I would love to know the reason why we dropped Hunt, our second highest goal kicker, and picked two midget forward pockets. Particularly when we have no key forward/relief ruckman.
  3. Good analysis 55. What are your thoughts on targeting Ellis instead as a FA?
  4. Justin Westhoff would be worth considering if Port move him on. Paul Puopolo might get cut from the Hawks. Both would cost a low salary and nothing in draft picks.
  5. Ellis fills our need for outside run and is a free agent. As much as Brad Hill is a much better player, the smarter play would be to keep our picks and target Ellis. Langdon is a younger version of Ellis, but would cost a draft pick. in terms of priority I prefer Ellis, Hill then Langdon.
  6. With the season shot I feel we need to continue experimenting with our list a little with an eye to next season. The last two weeks we have gone with two ruckmen in the same side and I think it is already clear that neither are good enough as forwards to go with in our best 22 over the long term. Harrison Petty has been pretty good as a target in both games as a forward, but he looks more natural to me in defence given his lack of pace. As such, I hope we play Steven May as a forward for the rest of the season. We already know May is a gun defender but let's see if he can be the solution in our forward line alongside TMac for 2020. This is our biggest weakness and, while we all want Sam Weideman to take the next step, we need to see if May can actually give us a better return as a forward. Personally, I think our backline already has good depth with Frost, Lever, Jetta, Hibberd, Salem, Hore, Jones, OMac and Petty. While May obviously makes the defence better, he is potentially more value at the other end.
  7. I hope we play May forward. We know he is a gun defender but let's see if he can be the solution in our forward line along side TMac for next year. Our backline has enough depth with Frost, Lever, Jetta, Hibberd, Salem, Hore, Jones, OMac and Petty. I also would like Lever to play on the second best key forward rather than be given the easy task. It is pretty clear that Preuss is a ruckman and not a forward, so I think he needs to be dropped.
  8. I know our season is cooked but the decision to play Preuss is not a good one IMO. McGovern will have a field day on him and we need all the run we can get on the big Alice Springs ground.
  9. Neither Scott or Bolton had three years of guaranteed money.
  10. I think the coaches have been far too slow to adjust to pick up some obvious issues with our game. The defence was far too aggressive early in the year and pressing up the ground too far and it took until the Richmond game for us to hold our structure. The selection of Jones and Lewis on the wings was an easily foreseeable bungle. Jones was excellent at half back against Adelaide last week and then stupidly moved back onto the wing this week. I don't understand the continual selections of Spargo, Garlett and Fritsch. Spargo is not up to it physically and Garlett and Fritsch don't commit to the contest to an AFL level. Gawn was hitting the ball backwards in the ruck far too often early in the year. I don't expect the coaches to get everything right and often Goodwin irons things out eventually, but it should not take so long. We aren't going to get rid of the coach with the new salary cap anytime soon so hopefully he can react a bit quicker when there is such easily identifiable issues going forward.
  11. I would push Jones back to cover Jetta's absence in defence. He is not a wingman and now that he has been pushed out of our centre midfield, he will provide more as a small defender IMO. Stretch to come in as Jetta's replacement. Garlett should come into the side for Spargo. We need to bring in another true key defender to play on Riewoldt and Lynch. Oscar or Petty need to come in (partnering with Frost) for either J Wagner or Hore. (Probably Hore out based on pace.) Lewis is past it and we need to inject some more run. Lockhart should come in for him and play a wing role. Neal-Bullen for Preuss if he is not fit. There are other players out of form like Hibberd and Fritsch but I think we have to let them work through it. C Wagner also lucky, but we are thin for options at Casey. But the biggest change we need to make is to our defence and being less aggressive in pressing the ball carrier. The Tigers are fast and will kill us if we over commit. Up forward the key issue is we need better contests from TMac and Weideman.
  12. At the margin, the rule change will help the weaker teams. Last year we kicked more behinds than the opposition and we were then able to get repeat entries inside our 50. This year it will be easier to take the ball the other way.
  13. We were net +62 for behinds kicked last year (second to Richmond at +75) and first in inside 50s with +309 for the season in 2018. If anything I see the change in the kick-in rule as a negative for us.
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