If they can't adjust they are not worthy of first grade, wont happen overnight but we are already seeing teams adjust in this first year of change so why should it be any different for Manly.How hard would it be to coach that out of them ( after using the old method for so long )??
The reason I ask is , as I suspect , we are largely going to have the same team as this year so aren’t they just automatically going to do the same thing ?
Remember Des played under Manly's mid 90's slide defence so should have some ideas of what he would like to tweak in that regard, don't expect full on slide defence like those years because teams will eat us alive---up and in will still be the foundations but more fine tuned and flexible depending on if we win the ruck(if that is even possible with the more stringent 6 again rule)
Give it a few years and everyone will once again be complaining about prototype fit players, the death of the big guy and too many cricket scores.