There has been a significant downswing in Murphys performances for quite sometime .It took an all time game from Cripps, career best games from Walsh, LOB and Ed, coupled with pretty close to career best performances by Weitering, Casboult to beat Brisbane. It's untrue to say 'we seemed to do just fine without him', based on the career best level of performances from a number of players.
Also, post ignores the reality of an AFL team; one player does not get you the win, it is in how the 18 on field collectively go that gets it for you, and the spread of quality across that 18. Does Murphy fit into that best 22? Can you envision a situation this season in which he doesn't without a) a significant downswing in output, or b) a significant upswing on the part of others to compensate for his absence?
In days gone by the pros outweighed the cons by a long way but as his kicking consistency has now plummeted to terrible levels the opposite now applies .
And that's not even mentioning his defensive inadequacies which are now embarrassing .
He is now a timid shadow of his best days that avoids body contact like his life depends on it and is solely reliant on team performance to enable him to play to an acceptable level .
Right now id take a 10 possession player capable of applying decent forward pressure over Murphy every time .
Enter Jack Silvagni .