He already had 2 gun mids in Hodge and Mitchell, and then picked up Buddy, Roughy, Lewis, Rioli.
Round 21 20032003. Wet day. Carey was playing for them. Late in the year when finals were already a bust.
That might have been the day he kicked that arsey goal from the boundary to the left of screen.Round 21 2003
Mark Porter, both Claytons and Ben Robbins played for us
Carey kicked 3.2 for them from 11 touches
Agree with all of this, he made the right decision to back himself in in regards to players like JMac, hall, atley ECT. He would have planned a full preseason working with these guys to see if he could make the changes needed to further develop these guys, he didn't get the preseason, so he backed himself in but China stuffed it up. Players like Curtis, Kyron and to some extent Larkey were never going to get a fair run under the previous coach, they weren't shiny enough toys for him, Rhyce has backed them in and look at we have, they are quality that would have been lost under Brad. Would anyone here believe Brad would have given Kyron a run let alone on Pendles? Love that Ryhce is prepared to take risks, great coaches always do.I don't buy the "not going to be part of our next flag" line - blokes like Ross Smith, Peter German and Matty Larkin in the late 80s/early 90s ended up "not being part of the next flag" but were significant players whose input was essential to a young side in transition. The problem with Hall, Atley, Macmillian isn't so much they aren't going to be in our next flag alone, it's that they aren't going to be in our next flag AND aren't contributing now. They offer nothing in either the long or short term.
Aside from that, you're right. A change of coach should have had some blokes shitting their pants that their career was over. Other blokes who had been in the wings would have seen it as an opportunity. But neither has happened. Only Taylor and Hayden have been playing this year having not been given much of a go under Brad. Only Hrovat was moved on at the end of last year. It's the same team, with the same flaws under a rookie coach who, to be fair, has been outcoached horribly for the past few weeks and not yet done anything visibly on or off field to change anything. I like him and think he'll get there, but for the first time, he's under pressure and needs to learn quickly.