- Aug 17, 2011
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
- Man U
Whatever happened, happened as far as i'm concerned. The people are different and you cant compare teams or people and think you're going to get an answer.
The figures I used were general and so you can say some general things...
And i've the references to the current pies team as being young. I look at the team. I wouldnt call it young.
I think mcrae is trying to get the best team playing at their best. He apparently does not intend to get rid of players like the hawks did, to give opportunities to younger players. St. Kilda did it too and it was a bad outcome...Carlton too probably. It doesnt have to be, but it's not a simple solution. North got rid of their experienced players too and they are strugging for traction. Maybe the crows did too but they appear to have done it well.
I would try the browns out, the rest of the players like will kelly and murphy and all those types and give them to the end of the year and then turf them if they cant do something. If the browns complained that macrae wasnt giving them a shot, he could sue them. I have lost patience with both but the old man is legend and members will weep and wail if they arent given a shot - people are complaining now that callum isnt in the midfield when clearly he is too small and not good enough.....but macrae is new and he cant offend the old members so give the brown extra chances etc.
and then re-evaluate at the end of the year and I would sweep the browns, kelly, murphy and a few others out. They picked bianco so they need to give him a try but is he really going to end up as a goalkicker as he did in the vfl last week?...
And by next year we can get more of the current VFL guys into the team as howe and roughhead and others go out the door.
But overall, unless we jag a premiership next year because some miracle happens, this slow turnover plan with slowly easing the older players out the door etc etc, is going to mean a slow chase for the next premiership...
so I wouldnt expect a premiership until reef and ollie have 50 games at least...and we need our first round the next two years to be spot on the money...
now pick each word of this and make reasons for why i'm wrong but I'm just painting a general picture of what i think in a quick burst.
but in short, macrae isnt developing, he's managing the retirements and doing an assessment of the blokes who have been in the system since before 2018.
I'd argue that you come to this thread with a very narrow definition of what developing is.
A coach is always developing his players with a view to optimising their performance and contribution.
Our average & median age belies the number of inexperienced players we need to take the next step; players who need "development".
EDIT: Similarly a good coach will continue to develop the more experienced lot. Players like Grundy & Pendles who might be doing doing slightly different jobs and are fitting into a new game-plan.