I sort of agree. Giving the supporters something in terms of what we are aiming for is useful and part of the landscape when coaching Essendon. Its easier to take a loss if you know a bit of the bigger picture.
It doesn’t have to be in detail. You can talk about some of the core things. Contested footy. Intercept marking.
Buckley has extended his tenure purely on his ability to articulate IMO. A large chuck of their supporters have taken 5 or so years of going backwards based on understanding the reasons why they have been going backwards.
His complete transparency is good PR but they are still crap.
Complete transparency is not always practical eg. If we believed Joe could strengthen his groin issue whilst still playing, then you might not mention it.
To avoid hiding this from your supporters, the alternative is to have a policy of "injured player sits it out and we get him better off the field. No hiding stuff. "
I don’t know where the line is. Our culture is less transparent probably because of the history of success and high expectations and the ex champions and the mates of ex champions weighing in with opinion from outside and inside the club.
On the whole, I think a tweek towards greater transparency is in order. The coming clean on the injury issues is a start.
Greater transparency works best if their is a culture that can take frank feedback and honesty, respects it and doesn’t go on a witch hunt.
If Joe is injured do we have to listen to the chorus of how Crow farked up.
People make mistakes in organisations. They make calls, take calculated risks and sometimes they don’t work out.
I reckon Worsfold banked that our players would have responded to the faith shown in them. With a confident group of players who have more of a well to go to, generally we would have seen more of a bounce in at least one or two of the last few games. He took that calculated risk. Generally Essendon players do find something in the well.
Was that the wrong call? Personally I would have done something similar (although I would have played Clarke as grunt always helps get you out of a hole) to show faith.
In the longer game. There are quite a few guys who know somewhere inside that they owe John for that.
Jesus. What a rant.