i think hooker out of the forwardline has been the major disruptor, that and pushing up too far.
alot of our game is based on long bombing it out of situations, even last year. hooker was the bandaid for that, he was a good contested mark and created a contest at the worst.
when he wasn’t there it fell apart pretty quickly.
this year even with him there for the first few weeks it fell apart because again players just kept pushing up too far, and they allowed extra numbers back.
it’s pretty dumb football to allow spares in defence, then try and use your numbers around the contest to simply just get ball and kick ball long. if you have extra numbers around the ball, you have to carry the ball and not panic.
panic is alot of essendon players middle name.