I disagree with this - they had far more runs on the board as individual players at that point. Everyone in the competition knew that dusty was about to explode.You still are not answering the question.
At the end of 2016 if people compared Cotchin, Riewoldt, Martin and Rance to [insert premiership spine] people would have laughed.
For all of his flaws, Brads Scotts was right about one thing: the competition is more even than it has been in a long time.
A lot can change over one off-season. Get rid of a Vickery, get rid of a Deledio, get in a Nankervis or a Caddy, watch what can happen.
In our case, get rid of a Scotts, get in a new guy, who knows what could happen?
The comparison between us and Richmond 2016 isn’t a good one - happy to revisit this in a years time, because logic (my perspective) and hope (yours), is difficult to align.