Despite all those teams being terrible for so long we are the ones who hold the record for longest time between finals wins...They haven’t done their time down the bottom and the fanbase, many of whom wear well-amplified media hats, are revolting like they’re the Saints or Dees 50+ years without a flag.
The Bombers play regular blockbusters and regularly win them, they get a lot of Friday night, Saturday night and plum fixture games and regularly win those. They regularly beat their rivals in stirring fashion. I’d say since 2013 four of Hawthorn’s worst 5 losses in terms of giving unbridled joy to opposition fans were against Essendon. Even in this supposedly rump season they got to enjoy a great win against Collingwood and a memorable comeback against Hawthorn. Pushed Richmond and only lost because of umpires, only lost to Carlton because of umpires. Embarrassed North and trolled them while doing so. They basically had a clean sweep of their rivals.
Being a week-to-week Essendon fan is actually a pleasant and enjoyable experience. Big losses are noteworthy because they’re rare. They haven’t become soul-destroying regularities like they have been for Richmond, Melbourne, Port, Carlton, Brisbane, Fremantle and the two expansion teams since Essendon last won a final in 2004. That’s half the league. Week-to-week they’ve had it better than half the league in this supposed all-time-low drought. fu** their top-up team BEAT MELBOURNE.
And yet they’re melting down like it’s the apocalypse. Essendon your fans are the problem. You’re not enjoying what, relative to the league is actually quite a pleasant experience supporting football, above average even given all the media fellatio and “Big 4” fixturing. There is no magic president, coach, playing group, recruiting strategy or Darren Goldspink that can fix your fans.
Given you asked....No, I choose not to fall into the sadistic herd mentality where everything that falls into Essendon's shortcomings is Dodoros fault. Sure, he hasn't helped with some of his list management decisions but it is a myriad of decision the club has made that has left it bereft of success.
Why have a dig at a success? No matter which way we went in that draft, we were onto a winner. McGrath appeared the safest bet of the big 3 (McGrath, Taranto, McCluggage) and we needed a guy who we knew would be a tick.
I can;t be bothered going through the Shiel deal, on the surface it looks poor but we did end up turning two firsts into Shiel + something else of note. And once again, Shiel has been ok, may not be the type of return we expected but an upgrade on guys who would be playing the role and minutes he is filling at the club.
I think they need to pay him what he is worth. He is one of the few players on that team that shows up every week and has the skills to break open a game. You can’t lose a player like that.
Don't think we will get him the article states that we are just asking the question just like every other club would DeGoey will stay at the Pies
When it comes to the over all operations of the club, we seem to fall short on every level.Given you asked....
What do you see as the problem at Essendon, then?
It's been my thought for a while that there's someone playing funny buggers in your football department; you've gone a completely different direction with who you've sought to recruit than conventional wisdom would dictate, and for all you do lack any true inside mids you don't have any issue getting the ball so while it's a weakness it isn't crippling.When it comes to the over all operations of the club, we seem to fall short on every level.
Im not nearly as educated as some on the Essendon board but from the outside looking in;
Board level - never seem to be working in sync
Coaching & development - We lack drastically in this area. We either hang our hats on a terrific kid that comes into the AFL (McGrath, Merrett) or allow them the slow burn to become a decent role player and then say "geez we did well here"(see Langford, see Parish).
We seem to enjoy putting round pegs into square holes which is a recipe for disaster (yeah, yeah, thats the inside midfielder we're lacking), but it's more than that, these so called inside mids play for themselves which comes back to a coaching/structure/game plan rather than recruiting as much as a we all want to blame Dodo.
Recruiting - obviously plays a big part in a clubs success, for everything Adria hasn't done, he has got a lot right. My gripe is holding onto players for too long, offering overs for guys to stay at the club, we never seem to do whats best for the player but whats best for
Adrianthe club .
Thats a simplistic way of looking at it and I'm sure a more educated poster like ant555 could garner a better answer but thats a start for you to pick apart and blame everything on Dodoro.
My big issue at the moment is we are simply trying to copy other teams (Richmond concurrently) when we simply don't have anything remotely similar in list profile to them.It's been my thought for a while that there's someone playing funny buggers in your football department; you've gone a completely different direction with who you've sought to recruit than conventional wisdom would dictate, and for all you do lack any true inside mids you don't have any issue getting the ball so while it's a weakness it isn't crippling.
Your problem (in my opinion) is that you seem to keep trying to play conventional footy despite it not being what you're built for, akin to how Richmond in 2016 tried to be Hawthorn with short accurate kicking but just couldn't because it wasn't something they were built for(or Carlton in 2013, when Malthouse tried to have us play his round the boundary gameplan with a list designed for speed up the guts, and it only worked when he abandoned his game for Ratten's). So, of course you wind up looking like sh*t against teams who play better conventional footy than you lot do; they're built for it and you're not. It's like someone came along and tried to do something completely different, but they weren't allowed to commit to it the entire way.
Anyway, thanks for a sincere response. It's rare on the MB.