I personally think think that with the big support base clubs there is a phenomenon which if harnessed can be an unstoppable asset but when it turns negative it has the opposite effect.
A fear of failure. A feeling of dread you feel in the gut. An emptying of nervous energy leaving nothing in the tank.
It normally follows from a patch of form.
Perhaps its hubris followed by a falling away for a period. A regression on an organisational scale.
Then what culturally tends to be our instinct as a group of Essendon people?
We look for someone to take that burden. Someone to focus the feeling on.
Often a player whose mental state we effect negatively as a result of our cycle of behaviour.
Our messiah culture.
All or nothing. Saviour or failure.