Wasn’t there similar stuff said by the Essendon players earlier this year about being able to play freer?
I agree there has to be a balance between following a game plan, which if everyone does as expected is a very effective way to move the ball the way you want. And backing yourself in the moment and playing by instinct. The latter has to be a part of the game plan anyway because you cannot plan for or have complete control of all situations.
It feels players become too concerned about NOT following the expected game plan and will even follow it when the situation does not call for it.
I think you follow the game plan when you have control of the ball. Your team mates set up as per the plan, and you execute accordingly. Good way to control the ball. You also use the game plan when you try and get the ball back, or the opposition have it and you are trying to negate their movement. But the good players will back themselves and play by instinct if the situation says you can.
It becomes badly unstuck when some are following the game plan and other are not, and you have a mishmash as, overall, the team is not in synch. That’s when the finger pointing and hands on hips come out.