I’ve been really mulling this whole coaching situation over the past few weeks and I must admit I’m not really convinced on which way I would go.
I think Potter has done the best he can with what he’s had. I think he’s handled everything that’s happened recently very well and seems like the calmest bloke in the world. The injuries have been against him the entire time he’s been here. But maybe that calmness is his downfall. I do think we look lost out there and are severely lacking getting the basics right. We don’t look like we are going to score and our defence is soft. We look leaderless out there. We look uninspired.
In Mick’s defence though you can’t coach basic ball control and unnecessary penalties and you can’t stop injuries which definitely have added to our on field problems.
But then I look at successful teams like Melbourne, Manly, Souths, Bulldogs, Roosters. I see something that really stands out to me. All their coaches blow up bucks deluxe when their players do something stupid, Mick just seems to sit there. Half-time in the sheds looks like a tea party even when we’re down by 30. Successful coaches are still ripping shreds off their teams even when they’re winning to keep them focused on the job.
I’m strongly leaning towards a Penrith setup. A Gould/Cleary team. I would give Mick another year and bring in a coaches director to help, Daniel Anderson would be at the top of my list.
I would try to bring in two new assistants because clearly the current ones aren’t helping. I’d try and get Jason Taylor and Kevin Walters.
Try and get Matty Johns or Brad Fittler in as a halves coach to work with our young guys and start to move away from Wests and Balmain players being so involved, I’m over all of Blocker’s stupid comments, I’m over the two former clubs crap and don’t even get me started on the board, I would get rid of the lot of them if it was possible and have a WESTS TIGERS board, not a Balmain/Wests board. Guys like Mark O’Neil, Simon Dwyer, Joel Caine, Liam Fulton, then of course Ink, Happy and anyone else on the forum who has the best interests of this club in their hearts because surely it’s better than a weatherman and a former Olympic great turned know-it-all apprentice.
Surround the players with a winning culture with people who haven’t been involved with the old brigade, recruit players who bust their guts for their teams (similar to how Penrith have) and I can see us having a huge future.
I’ve had my vent - I can have a beer now.
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