You're right Tech. Much of their success has to be laid at the feet of Bellamy and his support staff. They've done a remarkable job. The only caveat is what was revealed a few years back, that their TPAs total near a million dollars, between three and ten times the rest of the teams in the comp ( that is if we are to believe everyone is not placing without hidden aces under the table). But what that means is they can afford a couple of top grade players more than other teams, or offer more to their top players. Makes a difference. We could see the effect on Manly when their salary cap was cut for a few years. But as said we cant overlook the Bellamy skill
Plenty of hidden aces under the table that is for sure----much of that created the inflationary environment that forced up the prices of their star players that Melb developed.
Once again go through their squad and it is rare for Melb to purchase completed talent or even half completed talent.
It's the attention to detail coaching that drills in the importance of numbers that matter, runs that matter, lines that matter or make a difference, the little 1%'s that matter, players are given simplified specific roles and are expected to just deliver on that---nothing more or less, accountability with plenty of reference markers.
Parker is a very Melb Storm type of player from the past, you tell Parker he must run 6 hospital pass potential running lines, take 10 gritty at pace direct early hitups one out from marker with no self preservation and he will do so without fail. Now you take a squad full of players with that one minded for the greater good mentality and the numbers just stack up so much in your favour you become a machine.
Ryan Hoffman would run lines over and over without getting the ball one day and other days deliberately taking hospital pass after hospital pass to set up plays later in the game. (trust me every small detail that seems insignificant is noted,rewarded or punished)
The level of player and team analysis Melb use would be very unique to the Storm. (i have a few crazy ideas of the type of detailed metrics they use and some will probably make people laugh here as if I am not being serious but I am dead serious about it)
This is why Melb has been so far ahead for so long, teams are catching up but the length of their dominance(14yrs or so) really has showed up how far behind the times most clubs have been from the analysis of performance perspective.