No big deal. I noticed he cant pass left to right and hes a tad kick happy. Only for a favourable price as he would need some work. Its why Super Coach Holbrook has moved him on.
Scapegoating implies that coaches are innocent victims when it comes to laying the blame regarding on field results. While there are many factors that come into play I would dispute the idea that coaches are blameless when the team performances are poor or not up to standard. In our case I would say the Eels hierarchy has done a very good job at assembling a competitive roster. I’d argue we underachieved during the regular season with the roster we have.Expecting more is fine, but there are people above the coach who are responsible for generating the resources the club needs to compete on the field. Part of their job is to hire coaching resources. But sacking coaching staff without bringing in more or better staff isn't going to improve anything. It is scapegoating pure and simple, and sports administrators have been doing it to cover their arses for decades.
I’m not conflating what we want to achieve with what is reasonably expectable. I think it’s perfectly reasonably expectable to see improvement every season. We have been stuck at the hurdle of being a week 2 finals side for a while now and that is problematic if we don’t improve. If it’s not the coaches job to improve the team then who would you hold accountable instead? Why even have a coach if their impact is so minimal? I don’t agree with you on the coach not being at fault for the Tigers’ current situation. He’s been there for 3 years now. It’s his job to implement measures that ensure the team improves. He has failed to do that thus far. Similarly, Cleary has had a dominant team for the last two seasons. I can understand why eyebrows would be raised if he went out in straight sets this season. I don’t know what you mean by suggesting Cleary should not be blamed for losing to Melbourne and Souths. Both of those matches were very winnable for Penrith (especially the latter who his team beat up regularly and were missing their best player). It’s a coaches job to beat responsibility for how their team performs on the field. That’s what they get paid the big bucks to do.But now you're conflating what we want to achieve (a premiership) with what is realistically expectable. Of course the coaches and players are going to blame themselves if they don't win the comp, because that's all they can do. If they were able to admit that they did their best and still lost they shouldn't be playing pro sports.
But fans like yourself are looking for a single person to take all the blame. It's classic fall-on-your-sword scapegoating. Do you really think the Tigers management is being objective when they keep sacking coaches that can't get them to the finals? As if that's the problem holding them back? Half their top 17 are reserve graders, year after year, because they need to pay overs for players. That's not the coach's fault. But he's the one who'll get the blame. It's the same at less shit clubs like Parramatta and Penrith when they don't win premierships. Merkins want to blame Cleary when his team can't beat privately owned money pits like Melbourne or Souths in a finals match.
Keppie was a keeper.We've got quite a good core. Our best hope now is some young guys continue to improve and break out. D.Brown has showed better signs the last month of the season. Why give up on him now?
We had awesome value in Papali. But that was a once in 5yr bit of luck imo. However Cartwright was also a valuable asset for min wage. Maybe we find 1 or 2 more of them. Never know our luck.
We did unearth Penisini and Dunster this year also and they've improved us.
Russel,Naiduki, Greig, Hollis are four guys I feel have the potential to bust into the side in 2022.
Dave will turn 21 in April. He is 196cm and 105kgs. I'd bet by the start of next season he is over the 110kgs mark. Big engine,Good legs speed. Needs a little more power which will come.
Kafusi just turned 22. He is quite seasoned now but 2022 will be his year if he is going to take that leap into a top 17 player who is constantly picked bar injuries.
Greig is another prop with loads of potential. Again 21 and will be 22 next season before kick off. He needs to work on fitness. But again could be a diamond in the rough.
Russel might be the guy that gives us a little x factor.
The thing with juniors/young guys is one big off-season and their body developing can increase their progression rapidly. Then it is just game time to get them up to speed.
If you don't have patience you fall down the same slide of losing juniors who develop elsewhere. Look at Keppie. It's isnonly now he is starting to show some potential. In 2yrs I can see him as a very good prop. Hollis,Kausi,Greig all have the same potential imo.
Do you have an insight into what role our assistants have at the club or are you just guessing ? You make it sound like the assistants dictate how we attack and how we defend. Do you think that other assistants tell Bellamy or Robinson or Bennett how the team attacks ? Or do they run training and skills based on the head coach's instructions ?
Keen to hear your thoughts (without the usual condescending sarcasm if possible).
You don't see any logic because you don't understand the problem. It's not about hiring the 'wrong guy' as though there's some magical 'right guy' who will reliably win a premiership with a club outside the top tier. NRL success is about resources not personalities. That's the myth that has been perpetuated by our working class fans and players, and the pundits that sell the most media to them.
Don't misrepresent me, I'm not saying leadership (a personality trait at the level of the individual) doesn't matter, but rather that it is a resource that can be hired with money, meaning there is a competitive market for it, like there is for everything else.
We know Brad Arthur isn't a top tier coach, because he hasn't been poached by a top tier club. It's also how we know the rest of our coaching staff aren't the best. If they were they would be at clubs able to pay more. We've seen that with members of our staff who have been poached in the past. If they're good they end up at clubs like the Roosters. Likewise, the Chooks don't have their assistant coaches poached to be assistants at other clubs, they only leave to become head coaches, where the gaining club hopes they can learn how to implement the Roosters' systems (but on a fraction of the budget). It's the same with the Storm. Their best assistants only go to poorer clubs to try their luck with fewer resources. Otherwise they stay in Melbourne as assistants.
Wondering about whether they're the right guy or the wrong guy completely misses the point. If they want a real shot at winning they need to get some cash together and put it all in for a couple of years, like the Dragons and Knights tried to do with Bennett and all the staff he requires. It'll either pay off or it won't, but either way the cost will impoverish the club for several years afterwards. This is how it seems Bennett and Hasler (and Green and Flanagan) appear to leave clubs in poor shape. It's because the money ran out and they needed years to get their books right.
Salary caps don't take into account the advantage of facilities or other intangibles (career and investment opportunities, for example) and salary caps are inherently broken when one team has to pay more for players and staff than others.