Teague had Adelaide's forward line playing really attractive team-first footy - had the players to pull it off, of course. Hoping that's the mandate he's being given with us. Get the guys having fun, and enjoying eachothers successes on field. Thinking back to something that came out of Richmond's flag year - recall some of their players crediting a change in mindset from playing set roles, to each player doing what they do well. If their strength was chasing and tackling, do that well. If their strength was taking big marks, do that well. If their strength was running their opponent ragged, do that well. I think that needs to be where we're at for a while - let the players re-learn what weapons that have that make them an AFL footballer, and then structure the 22 in a way that best uses those weapons.
Hard not to look at the forward line often and wonder
"how can every single player be out of position?" or
"why are we making no use of our clear strengths?" or
"being a rebounding defender against Carlton must be the sweetest gig in the AFL!"
But maybe, uhh.... maybe that wasn't on Teague.
Who effin knows.
Hope he does his job well and starts to turn this shmozzle around.
The choice has been made. Like it or not, as supporters we can only hope the club gives Teague 100% and the players come out on Saturday breathing fire and play with an enthusiasm level at a height we've not yet seen reached.
No pressure on Teaguey
He isnt expected to win. It just takes the spotlight off the club and the young list.
He might surprise us all. Stranger things have happened.
The fact his name isn't John Barker helps.