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But that is my point PaulP, controlled exposure means a handful of cherry-picked games. Many supporters will translate that, with the help of the media, as those youth not being good enough.On where we will finish, I implore supporters to try taking another perspective of our list management. Too many people make an analogy of our team towards a list full of GWS and other rejects. But consider this, the recruiting by SOS is more like that of the early GC team, but from a starting position with far more AFL ready seasoned players than GC hand on hand.So I expect equal or better than 2016, it's not unreasonable when judging from this other perspective. We've lost little influential talent in the 2016 off-season, but according to Buckenara gain plenty! From my amateur assessment, our list depth has improved significantly in most areas except the ruck.
Silvagni has already warned fans the Blues may face a “rocky road” this season and is no guarantee to notch as many victories as last year.I agree with SOS but when you are hunting for members early on in the season I wouldnt have been so direct and sold a bit more hope....media like Matthew Lloyd are already all over the list, predicting failure and laying blame at the feet of SOS for his GWS recruiting theme .Its like we have given it away for the year and are just waiting for the trade and draft period again....I'm a realist and accept our position but I think we have to sell the rebuild better and not allow numpties like Lloyd a free hit....
It wont be pretty this year.I want to see development though.
3 out of 4 commentators On the Couch Tonight had us finishing with the spoon. I think we will likely finish bottom 2.While I am an eternal optimist, I think this year the true horror of our drafting over the period 2010-2014 will really hit us between the eyes. In 12/13/14 we made 29 selections [ex rookie upgrades from previous years] of which Cripps & Doc are stars, the 2 irish boys show promise. The next best is Boekherst!!!Guys like Everett, Jones, KJ, Tutt, Smith and Foster were recruited to help build a forward line - all gone. Even if we had a 30% hit rate we would 8 solid AFL players with 50 odd games coming into their prime. Instead we have less than half that, and no forward line players whom can kick goals from those 3 drafts. So we have a huge hole in our list that we are now trying fill with players who have mostly played less than 20 games. Thats why my expectations are very low this year - we are coming from miles back.
If you check out the poll at the top of this thread, you will see an uncanny parallel between the views of our members, and those of the journos. Most in both groups have us near the bottom, with a few thinking we can do better. Whether one group is influencing the other, or whether they both influence each other, I know not.
We wont sack him (yet)...but I bet we wont love him as much if that's where we finish.
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