Norm Smith Medallist
- Aug 25, 2005
- AFL Club
- Gold Coast
Aside from goals outside 50 - long kicking isn't really a thing in modern footy.Agreed. And I don't know how anyone could argue with a straight face that modern players are longer kicks. Granted they probably aren't encouraged to take risks with torpedo punts and so on, but Quinlan was kicking it effortlessly longer than anyone today. His drop punts must have been covering 65 metres.
Think about it, every single team in that era had at least one player who could kick the ball a long way and pretty well. Quinlan, Jess, Ablett, Glendinning, and Van der Haar come to mind without thinking.
Aside from the long kick down the line late in games - coaches don't encourage it.