Old mate Marc McGowan has just posted on Twitter: “Coaching changes at Essendon. Opposition strategy coach Rob Harding and forwards coach Paul Corrigan to move on at season’s end. Story on afl.com.au soon”
Does he mean at the end of this year, or at the end of their contracts, some time in the distant future - who knows?
Disagree. Its the AFL contantly changing the rules to try to counteract what the coaches were doing. If they had just left the rules alone the game would have evolved as another coach started to counteract the tactics of a previous coach. Instead of letting this natural progression take place, the AFL had to start jumping in to try to change the game.
I wonder if they have every done a proper analysis of any of their changes prior to implemenation, and I doubt very much they have ever done one after. They just bring in another rule.
They have given us what we have to day. In a bid to try to stop the coaches tactics to win games, being effective.
You couldnt make this ■■■■ up.
It’s a combination of both those things but don’t blame the coaches. They do what they can within the rules to win. If it’s all out defence that wins the day then of course you’d do it. The game is also a victim of the superior fitness of the players. Being able to cover vast distances has helped this defence mindset.
And who was it that got the players back earlier and earlier and devised training programs so that they could take advantage of the extra interchange and get them to do flat out efforts up and back for 3-4 minutes then get interchanged.
I agree with all that too. But I think it’s the efforts they have made to stop tactics. They didn’t like the flood, so they tried to speed the game up. So they stopped the number of ball ups (and created a balls up) by changing the holding the ball rule. Firstly with prior opportunity. Then when there was still too many ball up they let it spill free in a tackle.
Then they changed the deliberate point, because they want the ball to stay in play. They they changed the kicking to the boundary because they don’t want a ball up.
Somewhere in amongst all this the coaches realised they needed more interchange rotations so the AFL have to give them what they want because they, the AFL, want the game to be fast.
Then it was in the back, then Hands in the back, then sliding into the legs, which are all a direct result of trying to speed up the game.
It’s like any skill you try to do too fast, skill level drops.
There are very few great marks anymore, there’s too much interference. Those calls don’t get made because the AFL doesn’t want to stop the game.
It’s a vicious circle, and although some games are still ok, the skill level on display is woeful, people can’t even kick a goal from a set shot.
Think of the highest score, 37 17, Most teams would be lucky to kick that in their first five games each year.
Thing was, they had a free flowing game, and because the coaches got more professional started using better tactics the AFL went on a Blitz to keep their broadcast partners happy. And ruined the game in the process.
This is probably the wrong thread but too late now.