Aarts is being gifted games because we are obliged to pick him due to injuries to prestia and now Lambert.This is a really good post I reckon, but also raises some interesting questions...
We cannot just gift games, especially not based on name (so MRJ needs more time to prove he's ready), but on the flipside should we continue to gift games to Aarts because we simply don't have a like for like replacement playing better than him? Because right now, Aarts playing is him being gifted games.
On performance alone, Aarts should not have been back in the side at all after being dropped following the QF loss to Brisbane. It wasn't just that game last year, and it wasn't just the Melbourne game this year, he just clearly isn't quite at the level and especially not in a premiership side looking to go again.
Right now he is being gifted games.
The question thus is, are we keeping him in solely for our preferred structure/system and is it hamstringing us?
Surely we could just bring in a better AFL level footballer (Ross could have been in the side sooner) who may not play the same position, and just restructure where necessary. I get that we play a system but we're 3 wins 3 losses, the system is having issues and could benefit from having its best possible players playing.
Caddy may or may not be cooked, he may or may not be in the bad books with Dimma due to attitude things we don't know about, but forgetting those things, if we are simply not selecting him because his role is now "defensive winger" and Pickett & McIntosh are ahead of him, then we are ******* kidding ourselves. Can you imagine how much better we'd look as a team right now if we had Caddy - a proven AFL level player - sitting in that forward line instead of Aarts? Again, I get the current issues with Caddy might be part of the reason he's out, but system shouldn't stop us playing our best, AFL level players.
For mine, this week Aarts should absolutely have been dropped. RCD was a forced in and probably still wasn't otherwise going to be considered, Ross was kind of a forced in too but he should probably be thereabouts anyway, has shown he has the goods at the level. I'd have brought in CCJ for Aarts. Support for Nank, another strong target forward to stretch a pretty small defence, and get to practicing two rucks again.
I know we are recent triple-premiers and we should trust the coaches, but surely we can still make mistakes, and continuing to play Aarts is one of them.
Last time I saw a fanbase in that state of disbelief was after the 16 granny. Dees haven't even made the finals the soft cocks.I had them all come out on Facebook, I am completely shocked at that mob. They've literally embarrassed themselves this week. They've easily gone into the number 1 hated team. They've acted like a massive bunch of absolutely tossbags after beating us. They've done SFA.