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Thread: Longmire's Coaching

  1. #49
    Senior Player
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    Regardless the fade outs are a major concern, and you don't get fitter once the season has already started.
    Thats the exact opposite of what players say, they say a good preseason sets you up, but there's nothing like match fitness gained from being out there and getting conditioned (thus improving).

    I think our loads have been such to start us slow, to build. As suggested above its worked previous years. However this year we have had some items that have come together for the perfect storm of failure:
    major personnel changes, form slumps, tagging difficulties, poorer skill execution and an improved GWS.

    If we are 4 straight losses then panic stations! I can see us losing this weekend if Jack can't beat a tag, we don't improve our "gelling" as a team and skill execution stays down. The fitness will take care if itself.

  2. #50
    Senior Player ernie koala's Avatar
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    I agree with the view that our match fitness will be fine in a few weeks from now.

    My 2 major concerns are :

    1) Not having a second ruck who can bash and crash the opponents mids, and win some ball on the ground. This helps tire and bruise the opposition mids, and gives Pyke a break.

    2) Leaving out forward line undermanned With opposition defenders left unmarked...We did this late last year also, and had the same results (remember how Hodge, unmarked, tore us up in last years final)
    Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect... MT

  3. #51
    I agree with others that the coaching was horrible against pies, and can't understand why the coaching staff didn't address the loose man (but there may be factors I and all others with exception of the inner circle are unaware of). I also think that even given todays win, our start to the year is very substandard and the coaches have as many questions to answer as the players.
    On a positive note, todays game was better and we were able to answer challenges.
    The thing I like about Horse is that his press conference after both games (and almost always) had the same underlying message: basically paraphrased "we have to keep working hard as a group and continually improve". From the outside Horse doesn't seem to panic, he just calls it as he sees it and moves on doing the job to the best of his abilities.
    I believe Horse has a good football brain (despite evidence against this from last weeks game) and also is a very level headed individual who has belief in his and the teams abilities. As with any coach there will be ups and downs.....and days like against Collingwood where all the supporters can't believe the decisions from the coaches box, but I think we are lucky to have Horse in charge at the Swans.

  4. #52
    I have faith in Longmire despite last week.

    I think there's more to it than a simple loose man in defense not being manned up.

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