The Bulldogs have gone from 2nd position on the ladder after a miraculous turnaround form their 2008 wooden spoon in 2009 to a dramatic drop of being placed 14th at the halfway mark of the 2010 competition (Basically 15th). With the calibre of players in Josh Morris, Jamal Idris, Brett Kimmorley, Bryson Goodwin, Michael Ennis etc., they have clearly been the biggest dissappointment of 2010 and there has to be some sort of reason behinf it. IMO, I put it down to this:
- Lack of attacking 5/8th. Roberts had an impressive season in 2009 with the coming of a quality half to assist him. As of 2010 he has been exposed as a minimal attacking threat. It seems his biggest weapon is the early tackle kicks to players like Goodwin, but wingers are now aware of this and have been covering the tryline early in the tackle count. Roberts needs to bring much more variety to his game and bring more pressure of Kimmorley.
- Lack of attacking forwards. This is issue is the same as the Cowboys IMO. Stagg, Warburton, Green and Hodgson would be seen as predominately defensive forwards with Hannant being their only all-round forward. Having too many workhorses that aren't effective enough in attack gives Kimmorley limted time, as hard as he tries. Ryan is teh only backrower that is effective enough in attack with the holes he is able to run close to the line, but age is getting to him and there are obvious signs that he is slowing down.
- Kevin Moore is still learning. This is an obvious one. He is a bit like Jason Taylor, just not as ignorant and stubborn, His first ear he has inherited a poor team that has done well in recruitment and led them to immediate success. His second year has been poor, just like JT. All coaches learn new things every year they coach, but inexperience is getting to Moore and it seems to be showing in this side. The strongpoint for the Dogs in 09' was defence, they have everything but build on this.
So yeah, thats my opinion. Anyone agree/disagree with anything or want to add another reason why they are 14th at halfway?