Damning imaginative and prescient has emerged from Essendon’s disastrous loss to Fremantle, the place gamers merely walked or stood nonetheless whereas the Dockers ran the ball out of defence.
Fremantle had been capable of blow the sport aside within the third time period, and kicked 10 targets to a few to complete the match.
Fox Footy’s Mark Robinson believes Essendon’s season is now over, after a fourth loss in 5 video games to begin 2022.
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As imaginative and prescient confirmed an absence of run and chase from the membership’s midfielders and half forwards, Fox Footy’s Garry Lyon mentioned the gamers’ actions had been “extraordinary” within the loss on Sunday.
“Sometimes you’ve got to be hit over the head with a baseball. That is embarrassing that vision there,” he mentioned.
Lyon singled out midfielder Darcy Parish and his reluctance to work laborious when Fremantle had the footy.
Vision confirmed Parish enable Docker Travis Colyer to easily run previous him and ship the ball inside ahead 50 with ease.
“When you see these sorts of efforts, then you know you’re having an issue,” he mentioned On The Couch.
“Standing and walking is not what you need from a midfielder.
“That’s not what you want from the bloke who’s going to set a standard for you in the middle of the ground.”
A second clip confirmed Parish fail to chase, and begin strolling when opponent Caleb Serong obtained concerned at a stoppage and fed the ball out for one more inside 50.
“You can’t walk when the ball’s three metres from you in a congested heated area,” Lyon mentioned.
“This is not a cheap shot. This is a bloke last year that we spent last year lauding.”
Nick Riewoldt was surprised watching the imaginative and prescient and mentioned Parish wanted to be held accountable.
“This is the issue, he was lauded winning the football and having high possession games so you get seduced by that as a player. And then that becomes the way you measure yourself,” he mentioned.
“You look to the accountability internally – who is holding him accountable to those standards? Is he getting it from the coach? Are they showing that in a review on Monday morning? Are teammates looking at that saying ‘C’mon Darcy, you’ve got to play two ways’.”
Lyon mentioned it was a “challenge” for all gamers to seek out methods to repeat good kind 12 months on 12 months, and labelled the Bombers begin to 2022 as a “substantial fall from grace”.
Jonathan Brown mentioned the shortage of ahead line strain meant Fremantle had time to evaluate their choices and hit targets inside 50.
“The defensive profile is not stacking up,” he mentioned.
“Look at the amount of time Fremantle has to go to feed back – they’ve had time to have coffee!
“Essendon half forwards are dawdling in, it felt like as if the Fremantle midfielders the whole third quarter from centre bounce had all day!”
Another clip confirmed the Dockers merely run the ball straight out of defence.
“This is a stoppage in your forward 50 – look at the lack of effort and the walking getting done by your Essendon midfielders and half forwards,” he mentioned.
“The game is still on there!
“No wonder Ben Rutten is questioning them when you see vision like that. That third quarter is littered with it.”
Essendon presently sit in fifteenth with only one win for the season, after losses to Geelong, Brisbane, Melbourne and Fremantle. Their one win got here by 4 factors over Adelaide in Round 4.