It's amazing how far they've fallen in just a year
Such a good team still on paper but doing horribly this year, worse than Port which takes some doing!
Honestly was predicting it last year myself - aging squad, Ross Lyon team etc. Not quite as dramatic as this though, thought they'd just drop into that mid-table range, but this has been a shocking start! Fyfe injury really puts a nail in the coffin, can't think we'll see him back this year which is a tragedy.
Just watching the Collingwood vs Essendon game from the other day, it's crazy to think there were 90k-100k reds in that stadium a few years ago singing YNWA!
I'm sick of watching blow outs this season, BT Sport always pick the most one sided games to show on TV 59-7 and there's still 16 minutes left in the 2nd quarter.
Unfortunately that is the traditional ANZAC match up - which sucks this year with Essendon a patch squad with all those suspensions. Thought it may have been a bit more competitive with the Colliwobbles doing their thing, but no
They played so good in the first quarter but then like you said, Geelong started to get a little bit of confidence, got a couple of scores and then Port just capitulated. Even as somebody new to the sport I can tell there's a good team there but they look a little bit disorganised. There are times when they seem to over-commit in some areas which in turn leaves huge gaps for the opposition in key areas.
I couldn't believe some of the stuff I was seeing the other day/night. On one occasion there was a guy running with the ball and instead of putting some meat on the pass he simply just tapped it to an opponent right in front of him on the edge of his own 50. I genuinely had the impression he was spot fixing it was that bad .
Does the problem lie solely with the players or is it a coaching thing? And what was the consensus among fans as to where Port could finish this season? Going off what you and some others have said it seems there were some solid expectations to be at least up there.
Must be annoying for you long time fans having to put up with this sh*t.
I think it's coaching. We had a couple wonderful assistants who have gone off to head coach elsewhere (Richardson at St Kilda now, and Walsh at the Crows until he was murdered by his kid last year - yes you read that right!) - Our midfield was a f**king beautiful thing with Walshy, and since Voss has come in it looks a shambles. Also think that there is so much focus put on this "brave" football that Hinkley bangs on about, that we have lacked a lot of focus on basic footy fundamentals. We were a hard tackling, hard pressing, silly skilled fast moving side two years ago. Same squad is in place besides a couple good recruitments, yet we seem to be the exact opposite. Stagnant, can't land a kick or handball, miss tackles, second to the ball, slow etc. They look like they are confused a lot, and this is where the challenge lies for Hinkley now. I love him as a coach and motivator, think he will get it right... but the time is now. This is his first true challenge to see if he can turn around a bad situation.