Been thinking about why things have gone completely pear shaped compared to last year. I’m sure this isn’t an exhaustive list.
the backline has gone through a very big change. Initially Gleeson, Kelly and McGrath were all out of their for a variety of reasons. I think I’ve perhaps underestimated the importance of Gleeson and Kelly last year. All 3 reliably win contests and use the ball quickly and and aggressively. They were key components of our quick transition. Saad is winning contests but his first option is to run not kick low and hard to a 45. Zerret has also been denied ball at half back and Hurley just doesn’t seem to hurt by foot atm. I do wonder how much this has upset the positioning of the forwards who are getting caught too far up the ground, leading for that quick kick which isn’t coming perhaps?
Zerret is badly down on form and fitness from last year. ditto JD. ditto Fanta. That’s arguably our 3 most important players from last season. Combined with the disruption to half back we’ve basically been robbed of everything good about last year.