How the hell does the titians winning a game against a team we have already beaten this year prove sheens isnt the man to coach us???
He has Preston Campbell to come in and play half without Prince,he won the bloody dally m playing half for the sharks do we have anyone in our ranks that could do that,no we have a kid who has only played two games and shown he is out of his depth.Dont you think if we had somebody experienced enough to play 7 like preston he would bloody pick him?Why dont we just bring back lamb will that make you happy?
That is my sentiment too. This would be a fair argument if the Titans also lost Campbell and whoever their 3rd choice halfback is. But they are only down one half, we have been down our top 3 picks the past fortnight.
Funny thing is everyone praised Sheens when he picked Lazzo as a proper half replacement, like for like. But Lazzo is clearly short of first grade at the moment and the team has needed to make up for that. It hasn’t worked. Fitzy is a crap option too. But without Lui or Taumata our options are limited.
You can’t compare Preston with Lazzo.
actually the real funny thing is that in his 2 games wearing 7 lazarus hasnt actually played halfback, thats the genious in sheens you see. the reason the titans are successful without their main man is not because of preston its because cartwright makes minimal changes and doesnt shuffle 3-4 players to cover one position and simplifies the game plan.
if you guys have been paying attention, which you obviously havent, you would see that the titans since princes injury have gone to a totally simple game plan and not over complicated things, where we no matter who goes out injured we try to make their replacement play the exact same way as the injured player
You are contradicting yourself - Lazzo is a swap for Moltzen, right? But Moltzen was clearly playing first receiver and defending at HB, which as you say Lazzo wasn’t really doing in his games. So Lazzo can’t be both playing differently to Moltzen and be forced to play exactly the same as the injured player.
Personally I think the Titans always play a simple game. And like I said you can’t compare how we play with Lazzo vs how they play with Campbell, they are lightyears apart in terms of experience and style; doesn’t matter where you ultimately play them. Lazzo had an opportunity to step up and be the clear halfback, but he couldn’t do it, so reshuffles were forced. He was defensively weak so he got hidden as best possible. His kicking and distribution was average, so he got bypassed fairly often. He got cramp and fatigue in the first game and was replaced. Now he’s been dropped and we are pursuing other options.
We don’t ever really play a simple game, so unlike Melbourne we hardly win ugly. But when we win it’s as pretty as football gets. That’s why everyone loves watching the Tigers, that’s why we get so much free-to-air time and why our sponsorship is rock-solid. It’s how we won the comp in 2005.
I don’t have a problem with changing our strategy mid-season, but my point is you can’t take what is arguably the most adventurous attacking team in the comp, lance out all the halfback options and then say “hey play a simply game plan like the Titans guys”.
And although the Titans have jagged a few wins in recent weeks, ultimately their history since inception has been much like ours - promising starts that fall apart at year’s end.