Ratts makes the place feel like a football club again.this is probably the moment i feel like ratts is now our coach
tbh haven't felt that way since ross
they always felt like they didnt belong somehow. with ratts it feels different. maybe its cause hes winning. i dunno.
couldn't agree more. you are absolutely spot on.Ratts makes the place feel like a football club again.
David Rath is there to apply the checks and balances to whatever Ratts is doing, and our defense is getting more assured by the week.couldn't agree more. you are absolutely spot on.
the thing that's really got me with ratts since he joined. is he previously didn't really appeal to me that much. he was a bit mumbly. almost choco like in how he talks. he'd almost go off on these tangents talking about stuff. so you get these thought explosions coming across with about 5 different points in them. you'd be sitting there going when is he going to take a breath and let the next question come. but he seemed nice enough. i was worried about the messaging had gone from one side of the pendulum to the other. with richo everything was bland as fu** and measured and on repeat. you'd hear the same ******* thing week in week out with little improvement.
but the longer Ratts has been in the position the better he is getting. i suspect the confidence is starting to kick in. a bit like our side. he rarely stumbles through those pressers anymore. he's very to the point. very easy to understand where he is coming from. it's actually interesting and engaging. you also get points outside of just footy that make you stand back and go "holy sh*t! i'm not a footballer and even i want to work for this guy".
you come away liking the bloke so god damn much, you want to do what he say, just to not let him down.
he's really winning me over
the only other concern i had was around the defence. the jury is still out but i like what i'm seeing. my worry is it would be a bit more of what happened at carlton. being this flashy unit with an amazing player with judd. but completely ineffective in finals. no real defence to it. i was also worried the ball use would be more of this manic play on at all chances.
we've had some slip ups there but to his credit they've bounced back with a good win against port. still lots of work to do, but it feels like its heading in the right direction.
we just can't have more of what occurred against freo and norf. if that keeps happening, we and him are in some strife.
i'd just like us to really see some precise meaningful ball movement where we slow the game down. also have some moments where we slow the game down by grinding the stoppage down. also would like to see a bit more defencive pressure in that midfield. just adding more strings to our bow and stopping sides working their way back into the game once we blow them away. but these are things we can work on and tbh he is already exceeding my expectation for season 1.
We've got a great chance now to get some off field strength.Would have got to 50 000 this season, but for the obvious.
I’m predicting > 55 000 next year as the bandwagoners climb aboard.
( And hopefully some new members from Noosa)
Great job Saints!