Bomber and really good coaches utilise the whole 22. Playing in waves, give 10 minute roles so the intensity stays high while others rest. We try to do this and either our second tier players are not yet there, easy to figure out and teams target when our experienced players rest or some of our combinations struggle. Or the second tier players are not getting a specific plan to make an impact for them short 10 minute blocks. I think we’re a mixture of everything and are focused maybe too much on getting the plan right.
There’s so many variables in footy and we haven’t transitioned to let players do whatever necessary to win the ball and move it forward with structure behind the ball. I think coaches haven’t moved to this because they believe we’re still in the learning phase but based on our skills not being that high it suits us to just move it forward. It really stands out in our defensive half, kick to a long target with the focus on setting up around that contest and winning it. Instead we wait for something to open up in the corridor or try to open Merrett so he can take a risky kick. Even if Merrett hits that kick and opposition has set the pressure on that next player if their held up puts us in the same position and we move it back and start again.
The simplistic view is that we’re doing the slow build and everything will come together at once. But when experts and players say the game changes every 4 weeks are we really doing that?