I don't think everyone was writing Geelong off after 2010. I certainly don't remember it that way. I do remember a lot of hype around Collingwood being such a young team having a good future a head of them. I suppose Ablett and bomber Thompson leaving was messy so I suppose some people wrote them off but not everyone.How many times have Geelong been written off the last 14 years.
2010 - Everyone said they were too old and slow after they got smashed in prelim. Won a flag the next year.
2015 - Missed finals for the first time in years, came back and finished 2nd in 2016. Albeit they recruited big names in Dangerfield.
2018 - Well beaten in the elim final. Not given much chance of being a contender the next year. Strategically picked up a couple of small forwards to add some pace and pressure to a slow forward line enabling them to finish first the following year.
They still have good players and are great at strategically identifying need based talent. They have shown time and time again they can bounce back quickly.
Wouldn’t be surprised at all if they contended again next year.