You've really missed the papering over the cracks of our poor performances in 2016/17 and just gone straight to the Collective Minds blame
Yeah that was bad and is a big reason for a lot of what happened after but don't pretend for a second we didn't drop the ball badly at key times in 2016/17 which turned from a worrying trend into the norm.
Every team has bad performances in a season. In 2017 Richmond had a 70 point loss (to us) and a 60 point loss.
The fact remains we were brilliant in 2017. We finished top of the ladder and won our first two finals by 36 and 61 points. We kicked 4 goals to 2 in the first quarter of the grand final before we sh*t the bed.
There is nothing to be papered over. We were primed. Then we went full Lindy and F**** everything up more than any club has ever F**** it up.