- Sep 13, 2017
- AFL Club
- West Coast
If we go a specific skills coach IE Tackling, then it would be wise to look at coaches from other sports like Rugby League. That game is built on tackling and you can see the blokes who grew up with it (eg. Charlie Cameron and Kieran Jack) and their ability to nail tackles. Melbourne Storm are a good example- they hired AFL coaches to teach them to kick and dominated with it (Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk were masters of putting a ball on a dime). They then hired JuJitsu coaches to teach them how to grapple and until many of their tactics were outlawed (crusher tackles, chicken wings etc) but they still had a couple of very successful seasons using those skills.Without reading through five pages of this thread, my view is Simpson is a great coach in terms of bringing together a group and galvanising a team, but I think he lacks in both an overall gameplan sense & also as a gameday coach. He's basically the opposite of Luke Beveridge who seems to run gameday like an NFL coach.
Overall though, Simpson has obviously been super successful and I'd continue to back him in post this year (+ this year was cooked), but i wouldn't mind us going after another experienced assistant coach for fresh eyes, but maybe not realistic with the decrease in soft cap. A dedicated tackling coach would be very handy, & it could probably be Yeo.