The elements are there, but older players on the down, plus returning and the like it's just not gelling, and prolly won't.
Goddard is a total liability at present and is indicative of the main issue. the game and players are just to quick for him and a couple of others now.
His play where he marked a ball in the backline, wandered off his line thinking he could run past his opponent, then missing a chip kick on his left creating a turnover and goal, the game has simply gone past him, and guys in the same boat.
compare that to a Merrett, where he has made a few similar blues with decision making and disposal, but he is also taking on and making more correct and decent decisions and disposal than not.
At present, you simply can't have a team with Goddard, zaka, stanton and watson and expect to win against good to decent opponents.
when you add in other guys like even langford, heppell and a few others, that's a minimum of 6 players who before the game start are exposed and a liability defensively, just through sheer lack of pace.
Then from last nights game you had mckenna and kelly had an off night, that's 9 players you have to try and carry being off their game, you just can't.
you could prolly have more than those guys too, hooker and hurley come to mind.
the thing is out of the first 4 mentioned, you can only really play 2 of them at most, IF you can find others to take on the workload and be the grunt, to allow them to be the cream on the top, because they can't simply do what they used to, and be what they were 3-4 years ago.
but until you actually drop them and give younger guys a go, it's just going to be a continual endless cycle of being killed when we don't have the ball, due to simply not being able to keep up with the opposition.