Discussion in 'Parramatta Eels' started by Gronk, Jun 21, 2016.
Here's the one stat to rule them all:
Geez, we're shit at taking advantage of offloads too!
70.0 Yeo (26)
64.3 Brown (27)
58.0 Fisher-Harris (24)
55.6 Finucane (29)
55.4 Campbell-Gillard (27)
54.7 Paulo (27)
48.9 Bromwich (31)
43.8 Welch (26)
41.8 Tamou (32)
40.5 Niukore (24)
37.0 Asofa-Solomona (24)
33.0 Leota (25)
31.6 Tetevano (30)
28.3 Evans (28)
We could've played Paulo and RCG for fewer minutes if we had better support on the bench. Giving Lane some minutes in the middle undoubtedly helped, but none of our guys are 30+ like Tamou, Bromwich or Tetevano. Our oldest middle was Kane Evans who has never been good at effort-on-effort .
Is the average calculated over 20 rounds or games played Poo?
But that was when we had Ma'u and Edwards on the edges, two old school 'inside centres'. Interestingly, on Twitter Gould said we need several improvements to our roster, including 'two genuine edge forwards'. Not sure if it was just a knock on Lane or on both of them. I reckon Matterson is a great defensive edge forward, and in attack he has all the skills. But there's no going past the fact he missed out on Origin.
It's all relative. I reckon we started the year strong and ambushed a few sides, especially right after the Covid break. As other teams gained fitness and form they caught up. That doesn't mean we got worse, just that we peaked sooner.
Minutes per game mate. That is total minutes divided by number of games.
I think we did get tired early in the season - our game was based primarily on our forwards out-muscling our opposition, and we did that quite well.
But we went quite hard, for quite long, and didn't really change our plan, and I reckon we lost a step, or two.
Moses' injury curtailed a promising start - he lost a bit of confidence, and a bit of his finesse on the ball.
I reckon after a good off-season of training, and getting confidence back, he will be as good as new.
Mahoney was developing more attacking skills towards the back end of the season, which bodes well for us.
Dylan Brown never overplayed his hand, but was always dangerous - after an off-season focussing on his game, and with the confidence he would have taken from 2020, he will probably have a huge 2021.
We're honestly not far off where we need to be.
Imo, we need to look at:
* some speed for our backs (which is why, despite his flaws, Bevan French would be an astute signing)
* some bench forwards (our starting 13 is as good as anyone else's, imo; but once RCG, Paulo, and Nathan Brown go off, the only player we have with any punch is Niukore, and Marata needs some help)
The recent signings of Papali'i, Lussick, and Opacic are a good start - reasonably-priced players, who can do a good job, when required.
Papali'i will probably feature prominently in our 17; I believe we will shift Lane to the middle, to replace Evans, and Papali'i will take Lane's edge spot. This allows us some more balance on our bench - RCG, and Paulo,come off, and we put on Lane, and Niukore (it's not an even trade-off, but it's as even as we are probably going to get).
The biggest question may be how our defence works out without Jennings - he was a superb defender, and he found his feet in attack this year, and he will be a big loss.
No doubt, but he isn’t in the top 10 worst players to pull on a parra Jersey!
That’s a crazy statement
U can choose what ever number u like.
Anyone who watched the Eels in the early to mid 90's cannot possible think that Blake is in the top 10.
Imo, Blake's issues are easily fixed (with consistency) and i think we saw it a couple of times this year, most recently the Souths game.
He has the potential to be a very good centre, he just needs to be consistent. He lacks follow through, when he is on (like in the Souths game) he makes good first contact and then follows through, like he enjoys the collision. When he is off he makes the contact but drops off easily, like he doesn't enjoy the collision.
So what you're saying is bring back Tepai Moeroa?
What if two merkins choose the same number ffs
He likes to use his speed in defence, which means jamming from the outside against an overlap. But what is often needed is to hold position alongside the three defender (Moses) and wait for the play to unfold. Then he can use his speed to chase to the outside. This is where Ferguson becomes the problem, because he either doesn't trust Blake enough or he trusts his own speed far too much.
That's what panfers did to souths
Lack of supporting the ball carrier has been our constant problem and the coach has not fixed it. Lane, Matterson, Paulo and to a lesser extent Nathan Brown all have good offloads in them and should have support runners with them constantly. RCG needs to offload more and Nrown started offloading more in the finals rather than be a battering ram, would like to see more of that next year.
Probably missed out because Freddy has plenty of edge forwards to pick from, including Cordner, who looks shot to me. Don't think Wade Graham made the cut also, so did Freddy pick any edge forwards with creativity?
I really think Waqa Blake's defence is so poor because the defensive coach has him confused. It is the only explanation I can come up with and hopefully that'll be sorted out this pre-season. He will probably never be a great defensive centre but surely he can improve markedly. Surely?
Let’s play coach bingo. Who could it be now ?
Slater, Sterlo, Gus, Joey, Gallen, Fittler, JT, Thaiday ... did I miss anyone?
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