I wanted to pose a question - is Cooper Cronk a great footballer, or has he been blessed with stacked rosters his entire career?
The thought occurred to me in another thread about Luke Brooks, who I felt was busy without being decisive against the Bulldogs. Personally I thought if he was given more support, more would have come of his efforts, and later in the game he seemed to be running an awful lot, to good effect, simply because either the DH service was poor or because his backline was not running onto the ball.
And I wonderd what kind of career Luke Brooks might have if he was playing for the Storm and Roosters, not Tigers. If he was receiving passes from Cam Smith, throwing balls to Munster or Slater or Inglis or Folau or Keary or Latrell or Tedesco (well we had a reasonable look at the latter).
Cooper Cronk has never played in a bad side. He’s never had less than 3-4 future Hall Of Fame players in any team. He’s a very capable organiser, tough, good defender, good support, good in clutch players, but also - he can afford to focus on these because he doesn’t have to do everything himself. Because when he passes, his team-mates make things happen, run good lines, bust tackles, set up line breaks themselves.
So how good really is Cooper Cronk and what do you guess his career might have been like if he played for Titans or Tigers?