Collingwood have six top line players out atm and can't get out of their own way.One of the most dominant sides on Australias sporting landscape is struggling in a massive way.One reason-injuries. One of the biggest myths in the game is this garbage that losing big name players is not an excuse for struggling.Somehow channnel 9 and co will have us believe that young Skinner will fill Glens shoes or Harrison will simply take over where Rex left off.The coaches have to keep up appearances by not using it as an excuse but the way the current league commentariat seem to put the boot into a team regardless of the players they have lost is a joke.Souths got mecilessly criticised last year with an entire first grade pack sitting on the sidelines. They ramble on ad nauseum about the Storm yet every single person knows one injury to the big three and it is game over.We are supposed to believe that their great culture will get them through unlike everyone else.It is absolute bull****. The salary cap by its nature destroys depth. Any club loses players of the calibre we have is basically finished for the season if they dont return to the field.If they do come back our performances will reflect that returning class all things being equal.To be brutal we are a very ordinary side without our stars,with them we are very good.It is simple logic a child could understand and virtually unavoidable with a cap in place.You cant have this incredibly equal comp and great depth at the same time. Our inconsistent performances reflect our player losses and little else.The one positive out of such a player decimation is that shows very clearly what parts of the roster need to be worked on in a thoughtful manner.It is painfully obvious we need a new prop rotation and some backrow strike looking forward,a difficult task when you are playing current players who have won two premierships and want to be paid as such.