- Sep 26, 2004
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
- MUFC, LAL, PSG
Yes, that is fair to say. But if we're really being fair we can't ignore the context.Without trying to upset anyone or cause more controversy here, is it fair to say that for whatever reason (including many not his own fault) Paddy Dow had simply not come as we all expected or hoped by now ?
Oddly enough I feel far more confident in SPS (another whipping boy on this board) turning out to be a great player for us, I have seen many games/flashes of brilliance from SPS, but I have yet to get a similar vibe about Dow sadly.
Just my observation from afar, aka my couch.. This comment is directed at no poster here specifically btw, but I am really worried about Dow and his development (or lack thereof)
I think SPS once the the club and Teague finally figure out his position, which imho is an attacking winger/Half Forward Flanker, he will be fine.
Paddy had a very good first year and a good first half of his second year. Teague came in, moved him out of the middle and he has struggled since, not to mention battling with a few injury issues along the way,
We all want our kids to develop quickly and fully, but development isn't linear nor is it consistent from kid to kid. Not every kid will come in and dominate from day like Walsh, he is very much the exception rather than the rule.
Dow has become a bit of a whipping boy of late, but a 20 year old kid playing inconsistent footy and still finding his feet is very, very common.
I'm not worried about Dow unless we continue to play him outside of his natural position. He's a mid, not a forward. And I think he'll be a very good one in time.
There's an interesting debate to be had here, but I'm not sure that's really what you are looking for.As GWS try to get by with two veteran ruckmen past their best, Kevin Sheedy has revealed his pleas for the club to draft Brodie Grundy in 2012 were ignored.www.theage.com.au
We know he's a stupid old man, but this really tells you a lot assuming it's true.
With 5 picks in the 2012 National Draft, SOS selects
- Whitfield (good)
- O'Rourke (crap)
- Plowman (crap)
- Jacksch (crap)
Before Grundy was taken 18. And now we find out the Senior Coach was pleading the List Manager for them to take the best ruckman, aruably best player from that draft.
SOS is not the list management demi-god many on here make him out to be. He's possibly torched quite a number of our premium picks with Dow, LOB and SPS immediately coming to mind.
The indications that Austin is the consummate professional couldn't be any more welcome in my mind. Our football department stank a bit while St SOS was there.
Every single list manager in the history of sport has had big misses, SOS is no different.
Name who you believe the best in the business to be, and I guarantee we can find errors that list manager has made. Errors - not just one, but many.
Suggesting one missed pick tarnishes his reputation is a massive stretch.
Also find it funny we bemoan non-recruiting staff for reportedly involving themselves in our own recruiting, yet here you are suggesting it's the domain of the head coach to intervene.