SSSS - smith, saad, stringer, shiel. 2 years spent trading out picks to become mediocre like you've said.SSS was Smith, Saad and Stringer brought in one off season for the rough cost of one first and two seconds. All were 23/24 when traded every team in the comp regardless of list composition is looking for talented players in that age group. It’s stupid to claim bringing those guys in as misreading the tea leaves.
Two firsts for Shiel with a second going back was clearly a fail by the club trying to compete while Hurley and Hooker were still playing good footy. The Daniher non trade to Sydney was also a poor move.
Dodoro does have the argument that both those decisions were taken out of his hands by the board though that being said it still reflects poorly on him.
To borrow from NBA there is definitely a chase the 8 seed mentality at Essendon where the club is happy with the status quo of just being mediocre.