Off-Season Player Review/Discussion - #44 Maverick Weller

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Off-Season Player Review/Discussion - #44 Maverick Weller

Postby skeptic » Tue 12 Sep 2017 10:05pm

As it's a long offseason, I thought this would be a bit of fun especially leading into the trade period. Logically Maverick Weller seemed a logical place to start as a much maligned player that's potentially now up for trade.

It's been a tough year for Mav Weller... he was an absolute lock in 2016, IMO a top 10 player, and his performance was rewarded with elevation into the leadership group.

What happened in 2017 I don't know.

The best way to describe his season... ineffective. He was amongst the worst culprits for missing shots at goal, he didn't get a ton of the ball, his opponents ran off him, he seemed less effective as a pressurer.
On and on it went.

There were regular reports that Mav was impaired with an ankle injury... yet he practically played the entire season and even when dropped, he played in the VFL.

As such this aura/mythos developed that he was somehow seen as indispensable amongst the coaching staff, and as fans we stretched to find reasons as to why he was still bring selected...
The end result: someone came up with the notion that Mav does the infamous 'blocking and guarding space' routine as well as Andrew McQualter did back in the day.

The key stats are as follows:

He played 18 games, averaged 17 disposals (8k, 9hb), kicked 8g.11b

But look at the numbers more closely
5 of 8 goals were kicked before round 7
One game he kicked 0.3 behinds

He got above 20 disposals just 3 times this season and keep in mind that his average disposals was inflated by the 28d he got in the training run vs Hawthorn

Tackles... averaged 3 a game however on break down, he was very hot and cold. Two games he laid 7 tackles, one with 6 and two with 5. Most games he had 2 or less tackles.

So upon considering all of this... my conclusion is, help me out here. What on earth were the coaching staff seeing here?
I just don't see it. From where I stand, they played an obviously injured player ahead of guys like White (who often played better) or trying guys like Savage on a HFF... and all the coaching staff achieved with Mav this season is they've destroyed his reputation completely.

He went from a lock to being highly disliked amongst fans.

What do others think?
How does he move forward?
Can we try something new?
What's he worth?
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Postby Gershwin » Tue 12 Sep 2017 10:23pm

A couple of 7/10 performances early in the season but nothing better than 5/10 after round 8. Unless he was playing injured he will struggle to make our best 22 in 2018.
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Re: Off-Season Player Review/Discussion - #44 Maverick Welle

Postby desertsaint » Tue 12 Sep 2017 11:29pm

Aside from Hickey our most disappointing player this year. The fact they kept playing him suggests we have no one ready to take that role, so we need him back to last years form.
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Re: Off-Season Player Review/Discussion - #44 Maverick Welle

Postby fugazi » Wed 13 Sep 2017 12:11am

Should have been rested properly.
Now he doesn't even have trade value
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Re: Off-Season Player Review/Discussion - #44 Maverick Welle

Postby bigred » Wed 13 Sep 2017 12:34am

The fact... Well I understand that it is a fact, that he was played injured, just shyts me to tears.

We have guys on the list that could have played at least a defensive forward role while Max was managed.

Damaged his brand is what it did. Damaged his freaking brand. Perhaps only externally.

He has had a tough year. Towards the end he just needed it to end.

I hope he doesn't get traded. I hope he has a preseason from hell and learns to kick at goal again.
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Re: Off-Season Player Review/Discussion - #44 Maverick Welle

Postby parkeysainter » Wed 13 Sep 2017 12:58pm

Players have off seasons due to a number of different factors. It happens from time to time. That's AFL footy.

Robbo comes to mind 3 years back. He had a bad ankle injury. He still played most weeks but it really stuffed his season and output.
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Re: Off-Season Player Review/Discussion - #44 Maverick Welle

Postby Gershwin » Wed 13 Sep 2017 3:18pm

parkeysainter wrote:Players have off seasons due to a number of different factors. It happens from time to time. That's AFL footy.

Robbo comes to mind 3 years back. He had a bad ankle injury. He still played most weeks but it really stuffed his season and output.

Bad ankle injury is a fair enough explanation for Roberton. Haven't heard anything official re. Weller.
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Re: Off-Season Player Review/Discussion - #44 Maverick Welle

Postby MickThomas » Wed 13 Sep 2017 4:09pm

Weller would like to think he's like Rooey, can play through injury.
Rooey is a once in a generation player, nobody is like him.
Weller should have said "I am unfit" and get sorted and recover.
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Re: Off-Season Player Review/Discussion - #44 Maverick Welle

Postby stonecold » Wed 13 Sep 2017 7:44pm

Gershwin wrote:
parkeysainter wrote:Players have off seasons due to a number of different factors. It happens from time to time. That's AFL footy.

Robbo comes to mind 3 years back. He had a bad ankle injury. He still played most weeks but it really stuffed his season and output.

Bad ankle injury is a fair enough explanation for Roberton. Haven't heard anything official re. Weller.


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Re: Off-Season Player Review/Discussion - #44 Maverick Welle

Postby Con Gorozidis » Thu 28 Sep 2017 1:58am

Not sure how an injured ankle makes you ignore team-mates in the clear, be selfish and hungry and make terrible decisions.
I guess the inflammation in the ankle spreads to the brain?
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Re: Off-Season Player Review/Discussion - #44 Maverick Welle

Postby MickThomas » Thu 28 Sep 2017 3:15am

Con Gorozidis wrote:Not sure how an injured ankle makes you ignore team-mates in the clear, be selfish and hungry and make terrible decisions.
I guess the inflammation in the ankle spreads to the brain?

Why bump a thread that's been silent for a fortnight?
Con Gorozides isn't a troll, he has opinions like we all do.
If you disagree with him and attack personally
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Re: Off-Season Player Review/Discussion - #44 Maverick Welle

Postby parkeysainter » Thu 28 Sep 2017 8:16am

MickThomas wrote:
Con Gorozidis wrote:Not sure how an injured ankle makes you ignore team-mates in the clear, be selfish and hungry and make terrible decisions.
I guess the inflammation in the ankle spreads to the brain?

Why bump a thread that's been silent for a fortnight?


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Re: Off-Season Player Review/Discussion - #44 Maverick Welle

Postby spert » Thu 28 Sep 2017 9:28am

Ordinary season to say the least. Selfish play, not enough of the footy. I think Minch would have been pressuring for Mav's spot if he hadn't got injured.
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