I disagree with this statement. With a fit and firing Mitchell on the field, I doubt we lose to the Bulldogs, Saints, Swans, Eagles (1st) or Demons.Out of all the teams that lost players to season ending injuries in 2019, we lost the best. Having said that, if he plays at his usual output we still probably finish 6-8. Middle of the road.
Bulldogs we got overrun through the midfield with injuries to our already paper thin midfield unit. Saints we again got overrun through injuries. Demons we lost because O'Meara got shut down. Most of the games we lost it was a trickle on effect from a midfield that was clearly missing its best player.
Bear in mind that we were 9th, but only won 4 less games than 4th.