@Tiger_heart said in Is it time for a rethink?:
Looking back at 2005 (sigh!) the team played a brand of football that made best use of the talent we had - which let’s face it, with a few exceptions, wasn’t the strongest roster we’ve ever had. But whatever Sheens did with them, it got us to win a premiership. We won’t have the forwards or the backs to be top 4 material UNLESS we work on the off season on building something that is uniquely ours, that is we start to play to whatever our strengths are - if speed, then let’ use it; of defense, then let’s concentrate on that, but do it in a way that doesn’t follow in the traditional format of the game, which, albeit is simple, but has to be underpinned by strengths we simply don’t have at present.
All I am saying is that unless we do something that is different, we are bound to repeat what we’ve done in the last 10 years or more.
No easy answer, I’ll grant you that.
Terrific points you make. And, what you’re referring to is an essential part of that mysterious thing called club “culture”. Most people would simplify it to try your guts out every week and win more than you lose.
But there’s a whole lot of values and personnel-management that underpins a culture, and it must include all stakeholders “knowing” (as opposed to thinking) what we’re good at and what we stand for and accept in demonstrating and exploiting our unique strengths.
Almost all clubs are strving to be successful by following the same paths as the others, even though they have different talents, strengths, leaders, systems, players.
Maybe the best example of a “rethink” in coaching rugby league would be the Walker brothers approach in QRL? And, I’m not clever enough to know if they have been a success or not.
I can’t think of any others, apart from those inflicted upon clubs by Vlandy’s bastardisation of the rules of rugby league for a better TV product.