At the game, whenever we were 60 or so out, I looked for where laverde was each time. Quite a few times he would start right in the goal square or in a deep pocket and charge to any open space he can see. Often he would make a 20-30m lead to the middle of the 50m rather than the pockets. I think many forwards, including joe should learn from this. Every single time we have the ball coming down the wing and we get to 70m out, Joe and Brown double back and then point their hands to where they want the kick to land. Two bad things about that is they both point to the pocket or to an angle. This obviously makes it harder to kick goals. Secondly they barely lead.. they wait in a pack and want the ball a good 15m ahead of them so they can have a good run and jump at it. I know that is exactly how joe likes to take his marks but what they should be doing is making single leads to dangerous positions rather than wanting to take a pack mark in the pocket. It makes it easy for defenders to get to the contest becuase the ball is in the air for a long time and often gets punched over the boundary. Also not enough little guys make genuine leads from the goal square.. i'm not only referring to essendon just the whole league in general. It almost seems as though someone that isn't a key forward see there job as making dummy leads for the big forwards to lead into the space or they hang around the big forwards and get to their feet for a crumbing goal. I know both of those strategies are fine and the coaches love that. But I really think as whole, there are much less one out leads at full pace. Some forwards specialise in it like josh kennedy for example. Laverde does this perfectly too, he leads to one spot at full pace. On top of all this, sometimes it seems whoever has the ball does not want to take the risk of kicking a short 15-20 kick to a leading player if they only have 1 or 2 meters on their opponent. I know some players are better kicks than others and have confidence in what they can do, but anyone at AFL level should be able to hit a leading target 20m away. Long post but these are my views on the way modern footy is played.