Humour is a great disarming trait to have in your arsenal. Sheedy was a master at it. It helps lighten the tension and Christ knows we needed that last year. Without him I think we would have collapsed. My gut feel is we would have had a shocker as anyone else would've been a lot more tense and there is only so long you can play on anger.
Look at an example of someone with no sense of humour - Malthouse. The way he carried on last year and his inability to diffuse the tension cost them very dearly. It was embarrassing.
With all the crap going on last year, I don't think Bomber had 100% buy in either. The players wouldn't have known what was going on. The Ryder issue and Winders bad performances in the final cost us potentially a preliminary final spot.
Without all the crap, I reckon Bomber would have had us in the top 4 last year. He was a kick or so away from it even with all the rubbish going on.
The Robbo interview clears up that he was genuinely thinking that Hird was gone and that the club was going to have him continue on as the head coach. He did cop a fair bit of flack for the B&F which he should have the chance to clarify any misunderstanding. I think some might had assumed he and Little were in on something to get Hird. Whereas I think Bomber points out that Little runs the show pragmatically.
He definitely could have been more subdued with his speech and realised there were many hurting that Hird wasn't there.
At the same time I think he wanted to point out the positives of what the players did for the year and the good work of the support people around the club under duress. He thanked the sponsors. He reassured the families. It was a bit of a spur of the moment from the heart answer to a question and he seemed to feel the emotion of the hard work many people had done that year and the terrible times the club is in and the emotion came through that he was proud of people.