This is what annoys me.
James Hird set a standard with his statement 'He wanted to be judged based on the on field results'.
I think it is the best way to judge the coach (and his coaching panel). Stop with the excuses and rubbish, it's time to solely judge team performance.
On last year's performance, he gets a big tick. Seriously, I'm still surprised we actually won a game let alone three given what we put on the park week to week. Yeah, the Brisbane loss was disappointing because we were the better team on form, but our best and worst is everything as good and bad as Brisbane's. We were at our worst and Brisbane at their best (albeit because tactically we were shit).
So car this JLT it's been a failure. We saw the same patterns in JLT1 as we did in JLT3. Against Collingwood (who rested their best players) overran what we worked so hard for across most of the game in the space of 30 minutes. Against Geelong, who looked to be cruising early overturned our dominance that we had for most of the game in 20 minutes. I don't see it just snapping together when the season begins nor did I expect it to.
I'll judge again during the year based on our on field performance. I'm not overly worried about wins and losses because I don't think some of our older players will return to their former glory and juggling will be a difficult task. But I want to see us build a sustainable style of footy that is exciting and puts us in the best position to win finals (something we haven't done for 15 years). I want to see the team fight vigorously for the ball. I don't want to see players give the game away and just bide their time and waste yet another season.
We've now seen a pattern in JLT that we cannot seem to sustain our effort or match the opposition when they lift. If this is still a pattern by the end of the season, then it'll be another wasted season.
I've had enough of the excuses. In particular the 'it'll be alright next year' or 'it'll be better when we have our best midfield back'.