The short lead is the holy grail, that's why most clubs defend it. Last two home games are polar opposites of that if you care to review it for yourself. Sydney zoned up shallow to block those kicks, Geelong set up longer to back themselves to beat us in the air.Team with best 22 looks better than team with injuries, shocking. Kick long and hope for a contested mark is not the way I see the club succeeding, you do so I guess that makes sense why you are all over keeping Ross long term.
All teams can be defended against like that, the shallow zone, but if you get out the side it makes for fast transition against. So when a switched on team is defending it will force every team to kick long down the line. The teams with really good contested marks will do better. Either their forward will mark, their defender will or it spills.
Whenever we have been allowed the space to play the shorter game, running and carrying we have.
I really would hope that people notice that the teams at the top of the ladder that play a set back defense and back themselves to intercept then switch on us, creating more space - have been troubled by our game plan. It's in our best interests for them to continue playing this way, once our use tidies up they will have to shift their defensive zones and give up their outside space on the turnover to shut us down.