- Nov 5, 2010
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I hope you don't mind that I've trimmed your post to two statements... these are to link to my point, rather than take away from your post.Dodoro has recruited good players but he has never created a great list. It is a list that has failed consistently under a variety of coaches.
The fault for that doesn't solely lie on Dodoro's shoulders but he is a factor. And a big one at that.
I'm still of the opinion that the drug saga has killed any additions for our squad over the last seven years.
Rather than have our list development flourish over the period, our regularity of finishing just outside the 8 to 14th over many years meant we never got the best of the best. We got the best of the rest. Players who had kicking flaws, outside players versus inside players, half backs instead of full bull mids.
The one year we finished at the bottom and we got number 1 selection (poor decision still by the AFL, for mine) we got the top pick. I'm still in the McGrath camp and think he will have much more upside to his game than the others in his class. He's not a bust in any way to me, as yet.
The drug saga is what has stymied the club, where we were in a real catch 22. Discard many players after the ban was over and the club would have come out looking poor, possibly prolonging the PR fallout for more years than it actually was. But in doing so and recommitting to so many players that were mid level has, in my opinion, left us where we are today. We are still suffering from this period. While I felt that some of the list turn over should have been much more than now (read over 50% of our player threads to work out who should be gone), this is where I have lost some faith in the club.
The other waste has been getting these kids into the system and not playing them. There is no reward for form, which is killing guys in the seconds in advancing their careers. This is very dangerous, for the development that we have put into these players to then be shipped of to other clubs for them to flourish.
Out of all my observations above, this doesn't relate to Dodoro in most ways. His work is predominantly done from August through March, where the rest of the year he just tries to don as many jackets as possible and throw as many Minties down his gob that he can.
He doesn't pick the team and he doesn't run the match day tactics. That responsibility is left to others in the system.