‘The numbers are damning’ at Carlton
Carlton were as poor as they’ve been all year in their loss to GWS on Saturday night.
The Blues are now 4-9 in a year they expected to play finals. This week on the Real Footy podcast, Michael Gleeson, Caroline Wilson and Jake Niall discuss the issues at Ikon Park, from the stats that show a lack of effort, to the worrying results that are coming despite their best players performing well.
With the club’s review coming as the team continues to struggle, we ask: can David Teague keep his job, though he doesn’t have runs on the board? Have Collingwood forced the Blues to act fast by moving on from Nathan Buckley? Patrick Cripps is yet to re-sign; how should that be viewed in the context of the review? Will Marc Murphy reach his 300-game milestone? And how much of a factor will the Carlton “brand” – of moving on coaches and key officials quickly – impact any decisions they make going forward?
Elsewhere, Tasmanians voted with their feet on Sunday when they showed up to watch Essendon beat the Hawks. It was a great spectacle and the majority of the crowd seemed to be Essendon supporters. If a Tasmanian team were to come in to the competition, would footy fans there stick with their own, current team, or will they switch allegiance? And is it time to bring them in as a 19th team, and not worry about the uneven number of teams?
Jake Stringer starred for the Dons in that game and in fact it was a contender for his best game. What should the Bombers do with his contract? And is there a market out there for him?
Meanwhile, the Cats have been flying and look a certainty for top four. Who will join them? Can the Lions get revenge for the close loss earlier this season? How big of a loss will Mitch Duncan be? And how will Geelong deal with Joe Daniher?
Plus: the problems at the Suns and their boring footy, the “horrendous” MRO decision on Joel Selwood, why this weekend’s game against the Saints is must-win for the Tigers and much more.
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