- Nov 18, 2013
- AFL Club
They need to share it better. Dogs have 6 mids running through there all getting plenty of touches.
It shouldn't keep being a one or the other thing
In my view, this is the biggest failure of the current coaching group. We have good individual midfielders, but they haven't found a way to get all of them to work together.Those guys probably a touch more versatile, but it does seem hard to fathom.
Maybe Worpel is being played out of position to try and develop him into something that he's just not been able to adapt to. Our coach is a genius, but can be stubborn about getting what he wants with guys.
The Dogs mids definitely do better away from the coalface once they're having a spell. Worps has gone from a PCM medalist to a fringe player in output, but the talent to win the ball in the middle is clearly still there.
Correct. Imagine had we paid for Shiel or Cogs. Would they too have ended up at half fwd due to Jom and Tom being the ball winners? We have to find a way to make this work.In my view, this is the biggest failure of the current coaching group. We have good individual midfielders, but they haven't found a way to get all of them to work together.
I'm interested to see what it will look like by the end of the year. I'll cut them some slack that they haven't played much together. But after a full year, we have to get them all humming along.
Shiel I would never have wanted in our side, but Coniglio is different. Coniglio is versatile, defensively accountable and doesn't go to ground. The major issue for us is that Mitchell and Worpel all go to ground excessively and get drawn into the contest.
Does Mitchell have an inability to play other positions though? I struggle to recall any game with us where he has been trialed in a different part of the ground for any significant period of time.Unfortunately Tom Mitchell is a massive issue in a rebuilding team, just like the Crouch brothers are/were in Adelaide. Mitchell is ineffective in any other part of the ground and isn't exactly a selfless midfielder.
Worpel simply has to play inside mid next to O'Meara for the remainder of the year. Wingard offers a point of difference and we should probably
see more of Impey in there for the same reason. Maginness, Howe and/or Shiels provide that more defensive mid that you need to roll through there also.
We seem to have so few numbers roll through the midfield compared to the better sides, a large part of this is Mitchell and O'Meara's inability to play in other positions. I think this is a big reason why we have massive lapses whereby our mids get destroyed in clearances.
This will only be more frustrating when we draft one of the best mids in this years draft and refuse to play them in the middle at points next year...
I don’t think Mitchell is playing the same role anymore. He tends to sit outside the contest a bit more and pick up the spills out or the quick hands out of the contest. Someone has to play defensively and omeara can do it but he is our best ball winner. Got to share the load better, I guess.Unfortunately he was also playing in JOMs and Mitchell’s preferred position.
Could play in the forward line. Help lock it in the forward 50, win the ball and dish it out to other forwards, and seems alright at finding goal with quick snaps out of packs.I'm not sure where else you can play him. Any ideas?
he isn't, Clarko addressed this on his pod before the season startedI don’t think Mitchell is playing the same role anymore. He tends to sit outside the contest a bit more and pick up the spills out or the quick hands out of the contest. Someone has to play defensively and omeara can do it but he is our best ball winner. Got to share the load better, I guess.
That's the only other spot IMO. He's pretty good around the goals in contested situations.Could play in the forward line. Help lock it in the forward 50, win the ball and dish it out to other forwards, and seems alright at finding goal with quick snaps out of packs.
Other than that, not much jumps out. But that's why we should trial him elsewhere. You just never know how it will turn out in practice. It's easy to assume he'd do no good in the back line because his kicking, marking and foot speed aren't his best traits but those are currently the best traits of our collective backline, so perhaps his addition there could cover a weakness or provide some new angle.
And just to keep things on topic. This all applies to Worpel as well.