Autopsy Rnd 21: Chewed up and spat out by the Dogs

Mercurial89

Brownlow Medallist
Apr 20, 2011
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When the senior team is as injured as it is, it’s obviously going to be a drain on the magoos eventually too. Hardly surprising they too have begun to struggle.
One day people will realise that in elite competition there is only so many times you can go to the well.
There is only so much a game plan, and all the want to try in the world can do. If you are physically cooked and don't have the cattle on the park you are going to be destroyed.
One day people will realise that and stop with sacking calls, the calls of soft and weak, the thinking that if they would just try as hard as our supporters care we would win.

Here's a little test for anyone on here that thinks it's all mental.
Do as many pushups as you can, go to failure.
Now once you can't do any more. Start counting and do 15.
That's where this club is at.
 

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Matthew_Lloyd

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Apr 27, 2013
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One day people will realise that in elite competition there is only so many times you can go to the well.
There is only so much a game plan, and all the want to try in the world can do. If you are physically cooked and don't have the cattle on the park you are going to be destroyed.
But that brings up the question, why are we in this mess in the first place? What could we have been doing last pre-season that has us in such a poor state?

I genuinely cannot understand how badly under prepared we have been this year. I hope the club reviews the entire fitness department, because this has been a ******* joke
 

JayJ20

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Aug 28, 2016
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We’re allergic to any success. We can’t help ourselves.
It’s the same cycle every time. Injuries ruined our year, but next year we’ll be good without injuries! Let's proceed to lose by 100 now because it's all about next year. As if we’re competent enough to keep a healthy list. It gets to the point where it’s not an excuse anymore.
 

JayJ20

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Aug 28, 2016
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Is it a coincidence that our 3 thrashings in the second half of the year (WCE, Port and Dogs) coincided with Saad being injured or being tagged out of the game?

If he has no influence on the game, then we seem to be unable to move the ball with any coherence or defend with coherence. Do we rely on him that much?
 

Bombermania

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Dec 18, 2007
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We are missing two premiership players, Dale Morris and Caleb Daniel. We also had the premature retirement of Liam Picken and Tom Boyd. At least you have "The Package".
On Stringer, I don't get the hate towards him on your board when he was sacked by Footscray. It would make sense had he walked.
 

Doss

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Aug 1, 2011
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We’re allergic to any success. We can’t help ourselves.
It’s the same cycle every time. Injuries ruined our year, but next year we’ll be good without injuries! Let's proceed to lose by 100 now because it's all about next year. As if we’re competent enough to keep a healthy list. It gets to the point where it’s not an excuse anymore.
If we have an allergy then we probably should up the Claratyne.
 

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citizen-erased

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Jun 11, 2007
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The silver lining to being in bed @ 830 for a 3am start. Not having to witness that.
Can't say it was wholly unexpected, nor is that surprising

Possibly the most modern Essendon thing to do, after so much effort with 5 wins ground out, is to lose by 60+ and 100+ to teams below us when the pinch is on for finals. Esp to clubs wanting our spot.

When faced with hunger and ferocity, we simply fold.
 

Cadillac

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Mar 25, 2016
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Is that arm sleeve Cale Hooker is wearing just a fashion accessory on the field? Surely he ditches it after the last two weeks he’s had?
 

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