I don’t think it’s as drastic as a rebuild, though I agree we need more mongrel and aggression. By my way of looking at it we need 3 decent midfielders, a decent tall back, and maybe a back pocket, back flank. It sounds a lot, but I think we probably have some of those roles developing in the VFL, but I would hope - and expect - that we’ll trade to fill some of those spots, most urgently the midfield.
It’s a dangerous time the days after being kicked out of the finals, and after an ordinary performance. Everything looks bleak. Come March next year it won’t seem so bleak, but between now and then there’s a power of work to do.
Unfortunately, we didn’t put the time into developing some of the kids in the seniors this year we should have, but they’ll have a free run next season. The returning players, with another pre-season under their belt, will be better, and the team as a whole should begin to gel better as they play more together.
We need players, including some mongrel. We need to put some effort into our defensive systems, which are inadequate (and badly exposed yesterday by the Swans). We need more agile match day coaching and adventure, as well as a viable plan B. And the team as a whole needs time together to develop as a cohesive whole.
All of that together is a challenge, but not insurmountable. Time starts now.