I think the idea of a "3rd tall" is becoming outdated. Three tall marking targets in the forward line is one too many in the modern game. You want 80%+ of your kicks inside 50 to be aimed at moving targets, hoping to be able to hit them in space. Whoever can do that well is more likely to be successful, regardless of their size, rather than someone tall who uses their height to advantage. There are so few contested marks in the game now that ability to use your height to take a contested mark is an over rated attribute, a hangover from the way teams used to aim to kick goals.
Two talls up forward is plenty. Maybe a third helps for when you are resting either of the two, or using one to pinch hit in the ruck, but that third should be someone who is predominantly an agile and dangerous player when the ball is on the deck eg Langford or Laverde.
Have to agree with this in general. But there are times when 3 can and maybe have to make work. With the way rotations work these days you can't have your backup ruckman full time on the bench.
2 talls is enough in the fwd line, 3 starts to become a liability.
So what do you do?
To me you can only play the 3rd tall there if they are mobile enough. Id hate to see a fwd line with TBell, Dana and Hooker in it. And even worse Leuy, Hooker and dana. They are both ruckman and not 3rd tall fwds, they simply cannot play in the same side.
Dana, and Hooksy should be permanent fwds and Dana not rucked. I think he plays his best footy as a roaming CHF. Leaving Hooker deep to bust open packs and at worse get ball to ground.
2 talls in enough in the fwd line 3 is starts to become a liability. (unless one of your talls is buddy Franklin like)
To me the ultimate is
2 talls, 2 medium, 2 smalls.
1 of the mediums can be a resting mid Jobe or Godard the other needs to have at least some pace a langford or Lav. But is this possible in reality when you need to have someone who can at least pinch hit in the ruck?
Does 3 talls plus 3 smalls work? Does it balance out? I am not convinced (unless one of the smalls is Jamie Elliot like) Not sure of having Tippa, Green and Fantasia in the same fwd line. Tippa is fantastic at HB, his run and creativity is more needed their.
I think you can only have to have 1 and a half ruckman in a side not 2. One of Stewart or Smack has to become a very good player for us to become a real threat. Pretty much one of Smack or Stewart has to play and spend time fwd. They only have to be competitive in the ruck, but be Josh Jenkins like as a fwd.
The only other option is that Hooker or Dana have to pinch in it the ruck when T-Bell or Luey need a rest.
What do you guys think?