I've seen other teams in a rebuild do a lot worse over a longer period of time, to get to the level where Freo is at the moment or not at all so far.
I have read someone here saying they practise bombing it long at training. I don't believe that is part of the game plan without a tall forward to mark it. I just think that is what happens when players are under pressure, perceived or not. Lyon doesn't coach kick it to a one on two marking contest or a pack and not kick it to the player out in space by himself. That is just bad decision making.
You could work your way through the whole team structure and point out the gaping holes and you could pick your way through Lyons game plan as well but at the end of the day you really just have a whole bunch of young players and others nearing the end. This is what it looks like...
We found ourselves a great upcoming ruck in Darcy. Great presence against some very experienced rucks. Doesn't let himself show defeat when he is beaten and has been going head to head with these blokes. Given they say rucks take years to develop Freo is ahead of the game in that regard. Freo need a mobile ruck forward and look to moving on Clarke and Griffin. Which is what I expected Strnadica's role would be but the jury is out on that at the moment.
Hamling is going to be a pretty decent player and if Alex Pearce comes back and into form there's some structure to build around. Logue took a few steps forward on the weekend. He certainly has the athletic ability and now needs 20-30 games into him to get a glimpse of what kind of player he can be. Ryan shows moments so hopefully he can build on that.
Brad Hill was a great pickup but he has some limitations, one is crying on the field and hugging Hawthorn coaches and players and two he is often trying to do too much and doesn't have much left for good execution. Both Hills have their roles and moments of brilliance but they shouldn't be expected to be game winners.
Connor is really shaping up quite well and really is building from last year. Interesting he is playing down back. Given the ball is down there quite a bit he is getting in some much needed kicking practice.
If Weller could get the clangers out of his game that would be a good step forward. He makes some horrible costly mistakes. With all the hype around what a great kick he is, I'm not sure I am seeing the benefit of it yet.
Crozier, Sutcliffe, Sheridan I am lumping into the same category because they have roughly played the same amount of games and they are not having the impact I would expect at this stage. Crozier has his moments and impact generally in the first quarter then fades after that.
Tucker, Hughes, Langdon, Grey and Deluca all need to step it up a bit and get some consistency into their games.
Balic I think is gone.
I am making no comment on Kersten or Cam. I am prepared to get them through the season, into a good pre-season then see how they go.
Look to the draft/trade and see what Fremantle can pull out of the hat again this year.
Not all doom and gloom but we need some good pick ups.