Agree with what you said 100 percent. Yes the personal making up the fwd line has improved of that there is no doubt. But its nothing compared to way we are entering the fwd line. Fast ball movement, and attacking footy is exactly whats making it work. It is the very reason that there is space for fwds to lead into, or at the very least one on ones.
But it is also putting pressure on the backline. With this sort of footy you will turn the ball over more. Plus have players who have run fwd and cant get back quick enough to defend. So therefore likely to concede more inside 50's. At the moment once the op is able to win the footy back they are going fwd and either scoring or locking it in there. When we come out of there fwd line, we take risks and run fwd anticipating we are going to get the ball. When this does't come off its straight back in there fwd line.
If we where slow and stagnant, controlled the ball, and played safe (like we used too) we would probably get it in there more often and the op would have less inside 50's. But the fwd line would be crowed with op players, and everyone on here would be blaming our fwds again. Remember those days we would have more inside 50's and lose games. It was little to do with the fwd line.
The trick is to find the correct balance, I think we are a bit too attacking at times, and tend to turn the ball over, as we are reluctant to kick the ball long down the line. We would prefer to try get the ball moving with quick handballs until we find someone in space. This has resulted in us overhand-balling and giving it to guys under to much pressure.
But I think what we are doing is on the right track, playing safe footy would probably see us as a middle of the comp side with little upside. I am certain we are on the right track, sure we will get scored against heavily against good sides (like Adelaide) who will punish us badly on turnovers. But if we don't take the game on we will never kick enough goals to beat the top sides.
As the team gets more experience playing together we will get better at knowing when to attack and knowing when to defend. Then we will be able to match it with the best.