I agree. The point I'm trying to make is that it was an honest answer. Coaches usually avoid potentially adding fuel to the fire for opposition. 99% of the time players aren't allowed to talk their side up and instead talk the opposition up and spit out all the boring cliches - particularly when you are a consistent below middle of the ladder team.
However, how many sides truly believed their best was better than Hawthorn or Geelong's best in their premiership years? Maybe 2 or 3. Certainly not the majority of bottom teams in those years. This year is just a freaky even year.