#28 Mitch "Swingman" Brown - extended to 2019


#1202

I struggle seeing us playing 3 tall plus stringer, especially with Joey likely to be limited in his fitness


#1203

3 talls like 3 ruckmen isnt the greatest idea…game has changed stringer plays tall when smack goes into the ruck…hopefully they dont insist on playing stringer as a mid for the first 6 weeks like last year!


#1204

I dunno… I reckon Langers could kick a bunch of goals forward.


#1205

In my mind, there is still some chance that Langford is a better forward than a mid.

Admittedly I suspect I will be proven very very wrong this year.


#1206

Players like Stringer (mid/3rd tall) and Smack (forward/ruck) are gold for our structure because of their flexibility.

Stringers ability to play as a main marking target as well as a midfielder means we don’t have to resort to a ridiculous structure that requires 3 genuine KPF. Whilst McKernans improved ability to play as a genuine KPF means we don’t have to go with a risky double ruckman setup.

I’m expecting the emergence of Francis as an even bigger structure gold nugget as he has potential to play every position on the field except ruck.


#1207

I do hate it when posters on an Essendon fan forum talk down our players.

FFS it’s preseason. Try some optimism.

Of course he could play in the ruck.


#1208

That same risky double ruck set up that greatly helped win the WEagles a flag last year? The same risky double ruck set up, that dominated Grundy, and has coaches rethinking structures over the pre-season?


#1209

Won’t happen.
If Joe plays, two of McKernan, Brown and Stewart play magoos.
No Joe, one of them does.


#1210

Does anybody think with the new 6-6-6 starting positions and no spare defenders, that playing 3 strong marking tall forwards might give you an advantage? Especially if a team is a little short in defence? Just a thought.


#1211

That rule only applies for the center bounce, doesn’t it?

Assuming you can create a stoppage (now simplified as the ruck can grab the ball at the bounce, and it is not assumed prior opportunity), it’s not that hard to revert to old structures.


#1212

Can players leave the 50 as soon as ball is bounced? If so it’s like an extra second for a fwd to get to the contest.
SCG won’t even know the difference as the square and 50 are connected.


#1213

Yes it does. I’m not sure teams will force a stoppage so they have time to get an extra man back. It’s kind of like backing yourself to lose. I could be wrong though. Will be interesting to see the strategies around it.


#1214

Yes i think so. I’m talking about when when you get a clean clearance and are kicking the ball inside 50 to 1-on-1s then it might not be bad having 3 tall forwards.


#1215

I completely agree. Especially if one or two fwds lead to the flanks. The space inside 50 will put pressure on defenders.


#1216

Ha, I knew I should have started that pisstake with my usual “to be fair”.

I do see the two alternating forward and mid.


#1217

I’d rather he concentrate on footy rather than trying to sew garments.


#1218

Especially during a game. Even if it is only JLT.


#1219

If he’s picked for AFLX that would be a good time to do it


#1220

What if he gets a stitch or there’s some needle in the game?


#1221

His spot in the team could be hanging by a thread