Discussion in 'St George Illawarra Dragons' started by Daza06, Nov 20, 2017.
Totally agree - great player and has a ruthless streak that makes him a formidable competitor.
Significant improvement on our pretty boy...
Our Coach has been going backwards and is inept.
Only learning curve is a spiral downward.
The fans deserve much better than having to watch McGregor trying to learn how to be an NRL FG coach for 3 years in a row.
While our roster has been enhanced, nearly all other teams have also been very active improving their rosters and in some cases, changing their coaching regimes.
No pushover games next year which means more close games.
Much harder draw to contend with compared to the last couple of seasons.
That's where coaches earn their money - winning those close games and grabbing those competition points.
McGregor has a terrible track record in close games.
That is why I have grave doubts about any improvement on the competition table in 2018.
Debatable at best....Maloney can be a turnstile in defense. That being said he has always had good coaching staff ....I am sure our staff would having him going backwards pretty quickly.
So how is that different to what actually happens now?
A tougher draw, sides including Cowboys, Newcastle, Bulldogs, Tigers, Roosters to mention a few are looking much stronger. This doesn't bear well for the dragons finishing high up the ladder but I'm hoping we escape a few tight ones and scrape in, finishing 8th on the back of our forwards and halves.
Black ball 8 for me.
Still saying 3rd
We have Hunt and Graham si that's a plus.
Where we are lagging behind other clubs is our lack of speed in the wings and centers. That will have a bearing on where we finish.
The power game is not going to get us in the top four we will be, like last season trying to get eighth.
Unless we are going to see some of our young guns being promoted it's going to be a long season.
However, they are still my team and will be there to support them.
Having Hunt is a huge plus. Depth will have a huge bearing on the season for all teams, you can’t keep playing busted forwards week in week out. They have to be well managed so at the business end you can put your best pack on the field without injuries. Huge improvement need in this area IMO if we are to be any sort of threat.
Surely you'd think they've had enough time to realise this poor bench rotation wasn't working. Then again..
Dennis , I totally agree with opinion. 3 years is 3 years too many . When a team selects a coach , he should come with all the attributes, experience, all round knowledge of the game and may I add shrewdness . Unfortunately for the team McGregor lacks each of these .
As you have said the crunch will come in those close games , this is where a ' wily ' coach will have the ability to try something a bit different to grab the two competition points . Whether that be by introducing a fresher player into the game or perhaps kicking early on in the tackle count , anything , whatever it takes to close the game down .
Still , if the the football gods smile upon us , I can see us reaching the eight as I believe , imo, that Canberra will not be there next season , freeing 1 spot for the Dragons to take if we are good enough .
Could be higher if some of the young outside backs step up.
I still feel mid table finish at best....around 8th or 9th. We have half a good spine in Hunt & Widdop with our 1 & 9 somewhat adequate and a work in progress. There lays the problem with our coach having the ability to de-skill them both and stall their progress.
So a good forward pack + 2 good halves minus a dud coach minus 2 slow wingers minus 2 iffy centre pairing = same as last year
Damn it coffs, stop it mate! I'm trying to trick myself into believing that we will be top 4 then I read your post and thought shit he's right!
Where is the “where will mcidiot finish the year poll”
But still the weakest coach in NRL history
Surely right up there! Even Steve Price is a 2 time premiership assistant coach whom has secured a Head Coaching position in the ESL with one of the powerhouse clubs. He must be doing something right!
Meanwhile we have the bloke that won some comps in the Illawarra League and is a favourite son in the Gong and JetSki world. Get me another Panadol!
I think McGregor is buliding nicely. He will be hoping to finish 8th next year, then in 2019 7th and so on.
Realistically......In 2018 we'll have the Forwards and Halves we need to make the 8 but not the firepower out wide to match it with the top 4 sides. Our backline, as is, simply doesn't have the class to get us to the top. That could change if a couple of our juniors get a run and become overnight legends but that's a tad unlikely.
Hopefully though we'll win more than we lose and at least be competitive.
No offence Coff but we are getting Agar from Warrington, Price's new team. Warrington did not end the year well and certainly not a powerhouse having finished 9th in ESL. Just a thought.
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