We also have a fair whack of players around the 60-80 game mark who are slow/poor decision makers. The players' motto during the early part of the year was "Simple Brilliance." This meant doing the simple things really, really well, including getting your kick off to an unmanned teammate if advantageous. Too many times today we witnessed experienced players wanting to take the ball back through traffic because of an apparent obsession with the corridor. In fact, once again it was the experienced players who tended to let us down. At least Blease, McDonald and McNamara looked like they were having a crack. Cale Morton on the other hand just swans around trying to make it look like he's getting involved - credit where credit's due, however, it was probably one of his better games of the last few weeks.
Brian Royal mentioned today at the Before the Bounce function that Todd Viney had challenged the players to absolutely stick to the structures they want to implement - sitting directly in front of the coaches' box I don't think Viney was impressed. A number of times there were fists flying against the glass. I noticed in a video they showed of the team meeting the week before the Richmond game that when asked questions by Mark Williams about tactics or the consequences of doing or not doing something that there was hardly any response from the players. It let me to wonder whether the structures that we are trying to implement are actually understood by the playing group. It's that old teaching philosophy - make your message clear enough that even the dullest student can understand it. I just hope we're not making excuses and that we don't find that some of the players who we thought would form the core of our challenge might not be up to it after all.