- Jun 27, 2014
- AFL Club
Missed targets have such an incredible knock on effect. A bad kick is not just about us not scoring - it usually opens us up to massive defensive pain where we waste energy racing back the other way... when that energy could otherwise be used to pressure like hell and not let the opponent out of our forward 50.It may also be symptomatic of having a forward line that is bush league.
No target puts pressure on the kicker to dispose of the ball, no one demanding it.
Too much is being made about our players inability to hit targets. The teams skill level is down yes and it will need to be turned around to get to where we want to but if you look around the league the skills are in the toilet.
A case study would also be the pies, their skills going inside 50 were atrocious up until they werent and became one of the best teams in the comp.
We have had a league where the entire plan has been create the loose and then work it down the field hitting open targets. Now we have a league where it's largely one on one and teams don't train skills. Recipe for some very poor displays right there.
It also seems pretty miserable to focus on nothing but some missed targets instead of being happy we have some speed away from clearance we haven't had in a decade.
Shiel's not on his own though and you're right that teams can mysteriously improve disposal efficiency overall. Maybe that's a confidence and flow thing.
I think the frustration with Shiel is the massive gap between his execution by foot and his incredible explosive run and carry. On balance I love watching him and am glad he's in red & black but if his kicking was better he would be truly incredible. And we paid in dollars and draft picks for someone incredible.