whiskers3614 wrote:If we were guaranteed Paddy would have a career like Kosi's I for one would take it!
He will but many here got into Kosi a lot too, especially after a few best on ground performances showed his talent when in form.
There needs to be an understanding between Membrey, Paddy and Bruce that benefits them all. I remember watching Kosi and G train working well together but when Nick came closer to goal the overall benefit was lost for several reasons. 1 Was Nick lead to Pockets and demanded attention to strong leads and often was not best placed to shoot for goal. His average at Perth was 1 goal 5 behinds.
When Nick moved up the ground Kosi and Fraser seemed to avoid each other at contests and this meant an opportunity for a mark or better use of the smaller forwards in front of goal. When Nick took the play to the pockets small forwards tended to be lost in space or covered by taller defenders.
Now I am not kicking Roo here as the Weagles played Subiaco better and their gut running was also better than the Saints then. Roo was a stand out in this regard and therefore became a target by our side. It just meant that goals shooting effectiveness was not what it should have been.
Fast forward to 2017 and ditto, shooting efficiency is poor again. It basically stems from the inability to provide quick ball movement by our midfielders and the lack of ability of younger forwards to get off their opponents. Learning that skill and developing the body for this will take time. Paddy needs more time to develop this.
We have improved in the last season or so but I still believe that we needed the gun mids to enable this rather before picking a good tall forward. I understand the urgency given Nick was not supposedly not going to be around to coach the forwards. I'm certainly not having a go at Paddy, just think the selection order was wrong per year.
In recruitment since 2000, we seem to have tossed out the option of recruiting tall forwards. We have had plenty around 180-192cm. Perhaps Bruce was a good choice (196cm) after moving forward.
In the midfield we took Luke Ball over Judd. Hodge was selected by Hawthorn only in the last few days prior to selections, although the club had eyes on him albeit they had concern with his Osteitis pubis. As it turned out Ball had this too.
We took Goddard the year later after Caaarlton cheated and enabled us with a higher pick. Clarke then Dal Santo were added another year later. We ended up with an injured highly rated inside player, a speccy taker who got lots of soft tissue injuries and a smooth operator with silky skills, who was great but never fast as a outside player. No one had the outside running speed other than Fiora, whereas opposition always seemed to have them.
We were continually beaten by teams that were gut runners. Grant Thomas noted this. Ross set up a new game plan based on team defence that matched the team attributes and then he added Dempster for a bit of pace. No further pacey outsiders were introduced. We weren't skilled kickers over that time, bar Dal and Goddard who could absorb opposition team pressures or were given free reign along with Chips to be the generals for ball carriage. Without our speed, loss of Goddard and Dal Santo hurt team performance badly but was necessary for team development. We still didn't seem to recruit outside mids. Even now we have introduced small forwards and our investment in outside mids are injured.
In short we never had the midfield depth to overcome the outside running team weakness from 2004 onwards. We had a huge list of inside mids recruitment from other teams. All coaches called for effort as a prime need. GT = kpis on effort. Ross team defence and zones were more strategic. Scott Watters = ball speed but at a huge loss of team defence that we didn't have the conditioning or bodies for. Richo has instilled the effort and team defence again. He is yet to get the quick ball movement consistently. He has invoked ball carrier protection better than in preceding years that has helped significantly to provide time to enable improved kicking but now we cant get set shots at goal!? Our foot skills have not been at the same level of good opposition since 2004. We have targeted some players in recruitment to address this but at AFL level, they haven't been realised. I think Jack Billings needs more time and protection for this. He unfortunately is one of the many missing set shots. Training is obviously not meeting the game need of the foot skills, yet.
Please use draft picks for quality midfielders. One who breaks packs, can move forward and kick goals ( eg Petracca) the other with huge endurance and kicking / marking skills (Josh Kelly)._
Midfield clearances and clear winners are needed to make an effective forward line.
You need to protect the ball handler to increase posession efficiency