Grizzly old fart
- Aug 6, 2012
Come on Strone. What's your thoughts. Would be interested in others also of course
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A very clear-headed assessment, RedEagle. There's no room for that on a footy fan forum.We have our best 1, best 6, best 9 and best prop unavailable. The 1 and the 8 are arguably the best and certainly top 3 players in their respective positions in the entire competition. Our salary cap is top heavy with star power, the bulk of it is made up of 'squad players' who grow a leg when playing with the elite players. Then there is a stream of glorious rookie talent taking up the rest of the top 30 that Des is loathe to blood whilst there are no stars on the park to ease them in. Hoppa, Schuster and Benny Turbo take up 3 spots in the top 30 which makes our depth appear 'thin'. Reality is our squad is building towards great success within the next little period when all of our top 30 are actually ready to play. No Fainu has hurt us badly. Last year when Turbo was out, we still had the 6,7 & two 9's available and creating around the ruck. DCE is the only bloke in the side currently able to throw a pass for a try assist. We are extremely slow and easy to defend against with no strike from dummy half. Fainu and Turbo revel ploughing through the middle of the ruck from dummy half on the back of dominant play the balls with DCE and Walker roaring through in support. The new rules would be such a benefit to our true style of play. No cattle on the park at the moment. A third of our top 30 is unavailable through injury or youth. Defensively we have been poor in the last three weeks. It's very hard to defend your line consistently for 80 mins when you get no reward for your effort up the other end. The turnovers are high and that is based on players forcing their hand in attack because nothing is working. Ride it out. We will come out the other side.
Yeah, I knew we were buggered when Boyle got injured on his first hit-up against the Dragons. For many reasons, 2020 has been an absolute **** of a year. Why should it be any different on the footy field?Gee we get our fair share of injuries every year that derail our season.
When will be footy gods be nice to us?
Ah. Now I see Des' logic: When we bring back Turbo, Walker and AFR he'll then introduce Schuster, Hoppa Jnr and Guaca......... there is a stream of glorious rookie talent taking up the rest of the top 30 that Des is loathe to blood whilst there are no stars on the park to ease them in. ...
I agree that Barrett has more to offer as an assistant than Cartwright, but it wouldn't've worked. The bridges were burned.I'm not sure it's Des that's the issue, but Cartwright. I feel like both of them are a little too similar and less creative ideas are coming up as a result.
Some may laugh, but keeping Barrett as an assistant over Cartwright may have been the better option, especially when it comes to our attack.
Cartwright has won two premierships with different sides as an assistant. Barrett has done nothing except coach a superstar Toyota cup team to ninth spot..Cartwright is not an issue.I agree that Barrett has more to offer as an assistant than Cartwright, but it wouldn't've worked. The bridges were burned.
Has a coach ever been demoted to assistant coach at their own club, and it actually worked?