-NEWS- Walters: roster is pretty much sorted

theshed

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Siebs was too technical. It sounded like he wanted more (mentally) than the average footy player could manage.

He comes from an educational background. I think it is best to keep it simple when it comes to league.
Seibold thought he could be the next super coach by plagiarising Jose Mourinho and applying it to rugby league. But rugby league isn’t soccer, the broncos definitely ain’t Chelsea, and Seibold sure as shit ain’t no fuckin Mourinho.
 

Jason Simmons

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Seibold thought he could be the next super coach by plagiarising Jose Mourinho and applying it to rugby league. But rugby league isn’t soccer, the broncos definitely ain’t Chelsea, and Seibold sure as shit ain’t no fuckin Mourinho.
Seibold was at Gilbert Park today... Looked a bit nervous, tbh...
 

Huge

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Gotta love how much better the bulldogs have done than the broncos this off-season. Broncos to come last again.
I'll give you this, you're consistent. Consistently a miserable ****🙁🤣

I definitely don't believe I've ever read a more pessimistic poster in decades. I would like to bet you that you're wrong but in fairness I'd have to give you some sort of odds.

Just make sure you admit it openly, loudly and often so you balance the ledger for the many times you've been the prophet of doom.

Should I be wrong, I'll unhappily admit I was wrong and you were right. I see them in the 8 but 8/9/10 will be a solid improvement.
 

Foordy

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Our Real and only strength is Middle forwards, we will need our spine to have a breakout year to get anywhere near the 8 imo.

IMO, it will come down to game plan and confidence with the spine. making sure we design a game plan that suits their strengths and negates their weaknesses.

IMO, we need to go old school with this spine, which i definitely think is in Walters wheelhouse.

we need Dearden running the team from both sides of the field

we need Milford and Isaako (or Nui) running the ball, using their footwork and speed. we also need these guys sniffing around the ruck, ready for an offload.

we need Turps to deliver quick but quality ball to our halves. in fact, we need him to play a similar style to cook.

these are all things that are achievable, and will go a long way to ensuring we play finals in 2021
 
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Broncapz

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IMO, it will come down to game plan and confidence with the spine. making sure we design a game plan that suits their strengths and negates their weaknesses.

IMO, we need to go old school with this spine, which i definitely think is in Walters wheelhouse.

we need Dearden running the team from both sides of the field

we need Milford and Isaako (or Nui) running the ball, using their footwork and speed. we also need these guys sniffing around the ruck, ready for an offload.

we need Turps to deliver quick but quality ball to out halves. in fact, we need him to play a similar style to cook.

these are all things that are achievable, and will go a long way to ensuring we play finals in 2021
Most of all. We need to stop teams putting 30 points on us per game.
 

JAHHW

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Exactly. We need to defend. We can’t score points when we are standing behind our own goal posts.
We also need someone leading who has a bit of ticker, rather than being limp noodles. It’s grossly unfair to blame Carrigan (or even Croft) in that regard, as they’re only kids.

But all too often over the Seibold reign (and even, at times, going back as far as 2017 and ‘18 when we were being beaten), be it Boyd or Glenn or any of the other senior members in the squad, when we were inevitably being flogged week after week, no one stood up and put a rocket up the players. No one lead from the front, no one was inspiring (think a Petero, a Webcke, a Tallis, a Hodges, a Lockyer. Even a McGuire, or a Tate). Someone, anyone to follow.

I think we’ll be fine this season when things are going well, but I worry if we start to spiral out of control again, we are worryingly short of anyone in the squad who can dig us out of the hole.
 

theshed

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We also need someone leading who has a bit of ticker, rather than being limp noodles. It’s grossly unfair to blame Carrigan (or even Croft) in that regard, as they’re only kids.

But all too often over the Seibold reign (and even, at times, going back as far as 2017 and ‘18 when we were being beaten), be it Boyd or Glenn or any of the other senior members in the squad, when we were inevitably being flogged week after week, no one stood up and put a rocket up the players. No one lead from the front, no one was inspiring (think a Petero, a Webcke, a Tallis, a Hodges, a Lockyer. Even a McGuire, or a Tate). Someone, anyone to follow.

I think we’ll be fine this season when things are going well, but I worry if we start to spiral out of control again, we are worryingly short of anyone in the squad who can dig us out of the hole.
Yeah leadership has been a big issue. I hate to say it but I think it could be Macca who plays a big part in this, which is why I think he needs to be somewhere in the 17.

I’m hoping his little exile has really pissed him off. Imagine being punted from your club of 10 years only to watch a bunch of 20 year old run it into the ground. It would be hard not to take that personally.
 

broncos4life

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While I don't think we are going to be great we are at least going to be good and not come last.

The team itself is a good team it has just been destroyed by a truly awful coach. All we need is all the players we have to play at least average and we will be much better. If a few of our key players like Milf, TPJ, Payne etc. can get back to even 75% of their best then we will be getting close to great.

Last year cannot be used as any sort of measuring stick due to the absolute hatchet job that Seibold took to the game plan and the players confidence.
 

Morepudding

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I'll give you this, you're consistent. Consistently a miserable ****🤣

I definitely don't believe I've ever read a more pessimistic poster in decades. I would like to bet you that you're wrong but in fairness I'd have to give you some sort of odds.

Just make sure you admit it openly, loudly and often so you balance the ledger for the many times you've been the prophet of doom.

Should I be wrong, I'll unhappily admit I was wrong and you were right. I see them in the 8 but 8/9/10 will be a solid improvement.

I was the prophet of doom after round 5 this year and got the broncos at $23 to come last. So I did alright. Everyone said I was crazy.

I’m not a pessimist, I’m a realist. I think our players are self entitled and at least on paper, our squad has gone backwards for 2021, whilst most of the other bottom dwellers have improved.
 

Finbar

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our squad has gone backwards for 2021
Even if this is the case, we'll still be able to field a better team week to week unless we have another shocking year with regards to injuries. The health and fitness of our squad, especially the starters, will have more to do with where we end up rather than how good our squad looks on paper compared to last year.
 
Seriously though, which team will we beat this year? I honestly can’t see us coming anything other than last.
Many forget we came out of the gates beating two sides who would normally beat us before COVID. I don't know what happened to the training during covid but we where way off the pace in the return. A lot of negative media, and key injuries to players. Even in a few games we were ahead for 65min of the games, only to fall short.

If Kevvie can build some confidence in our Leaders who are flat, and resilience in our younger guys then we can push more teams than many would expect. Our defence was absolutely terrible last season. We have a semi decent roster I feel.

Isaako needs to be given confidence, allowed some time at flb to mature, he was earmakred for FLB last season before being stripped and told Bird would get it, then what do you know Bird injured and ohh your back at 1 mate! Then his issues with his personal life surely havent helped. I would love to see him focus more on hard returns like Hunt/RTS vs a more ball playing flb, Leave that to Milford who needs to roam, and lift this season.

Our forward pack 100% and fit can match if not better any, Haas (was over worked and tired), Carrigan more of a prop but carried the team last year, Pangai could be so damaging if his head is directed, (would love to see him in short stints and rotating through Edge, Glens edge). Lodge/Flegler one either starts or both come from the bench. The asiata brings more in attack for us.

Ricki showed potential and needs to be developed on that right edge with Dearden inside.

Our backs are concerning but if Staggs and Coates are kept it is a start. Copley bring experience, along with Meed. And Farnbsworth is all heart.

I feel we can shock a number of sides this year.
 

Sproj

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If Kevvie is a good coach, the side will do better than last year for sure but the coaching problem, while a LARGE part of the issue, wasn't the only issue last year. I love the assistances who have come on board, huge positives.

I also think losing Joffa will do a lot to help with accountability to be honest. He didn't want to leave, so to kick him out I think sends a good message to everyone else to step up or you are out too.

It is also a reason I would go with Macca in the side. I am one of his biggest critics but there is no way you could ever say he walked off a field without giving it everything he could, even if everything wasn't that great.

Talent is only one side of it all, you also need the guys to be dedicated to the cause. It is also why I am not against guys like Coates and Staggs being punted to reserve grade if they do decide to leave. Yes it is controversial and yes it might hurt in the short term but pride in the club jersey has totally gone, it needs to come back. Make the side a team that we supporters can be proud of again, regardless of results. I thought Gentle actually did alright in pointing the team in the right direction last year, he just had no cattle and some real idiots to work with.

This season, if there are less long-term injuries and ridiculous suspensions, the side has to do better as there will be better cattle available more often. I am not expecting much from the team but I do expect them to be competitive and show some semblance of pride in the jersey and evidence of structure, if I see that I will feel much more positive about the future...provided the board is not making financial decisions about future contracts. Yes, I am aware that is impossible, therefore see ya later board.
 
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