One poor effort by Mitch and people have him out the door as they do Cutler.
But many others and I don't even need to name them have bad game after bad game and people roll out that they should be given more chances or given contract extensions. If only half of those players bled for the club as much as Mitch.
This week and last seems really quiet. In a post game interview a few games ago he said he didn’t go to the coaches debrief as he’d hurt his back and was in with the physios. Carrying a niggle maybe?? That mark last week could have triggered it again.
Cmon Mitch - come back after the bye as your normal wrecking ball self.
I reckon Mitch is playing hurt...
I love what good Mitch brings to the team but his undisciplined acts have cost us multiple goals this season and he really needs to eliminate this from his game - he is too experienced for that type of negative impact on the team.
And for those of you who didn't manage to catch his rip through it podcast with Eddie Betts a few points-
At Carlton Eddie was the young player piper. Mitch moved in with him and other young players gravitated to him. When Eddie was being offered his final contract from Carlton, Eddie and his manager talked about how he felt his inclusiveness was a positive for the young club, and he felt some would leave if he did. According to Mitch it did impact. He says many of them lost their love of the club when Eddie was moved on, and he told of players who tried to move with Eddie, himself included. Many of them did end up leaving, though Mitch is the only that I know of that was sacked.
So lets look at Mitch - the young guns are always at his place - stories include Mitch wondering what the noise in the backyard is and its young players playing with Chance, young players go to Chance/kids events such as first day at Auskick, last week young players got out in the half time break and ran some of the Auskick games, Mitch's wife is always cooking for players, Mitch's kids birthday parties shoe lots of young players attending, Mitch is the club hairdresser cause they boys are there and he might as well cut their hair.
The haircuts and the podcast show are real time examples for the young players on life being more than the games they are playing right now, and learning new things is important cause you need to keep an eye to the end of your afl career. This is real time leadership that, like Eddie from whom he learn't from, has a bigger than noted positive impact on the club and its culture.
Mitch has openly talked to the young players about being in a big Victorian club, what its really like and the advantages of being out of that cauldron. Hodge and others say the same thing but Mitch's message is getting through via different channels precisely because he did get sacked. A teenager with a bit of rascal in them can actually hear the message from someone they can see a bit of themselves in.
Sure he makes mistakes, but modelling how to bounce back and learn from them is, I would argue, better leaderships for some than a guy who has never made mistakes and can maintain unfaltering linear progression. Lester will have players who look to him and hang off what he says, just like Mitch has kids at his place constantly.
I believe that if Mitch was dropped back to the twos in future years he will still bring his energy and motivation to other players. Sure atm we don't need it, but we are only ever a few injuries away from needing development leaders there.
Why the hell have we heard zip about him getting another contract? A simply we are working on it would be great. And if we are genuinely looking to move him on I'd like to understand why. And where Rayner et al are going to hang out once he has left.