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Craig McRae

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Bucks said on Fox footy they just had a bad year last year and it was all him that put the side togethe.
He’s not entirely wrong there. A few of us around here have used this exact argument to undermine Chris Scott’s premiership at Geelong.

On McRae. Plenty of new coaches have experienced an early sugar hit and not gone on with it. The real challenge comes in subsequent seasons when he has to continually find new ways to motive his playing group and keep his message fresh.

Personally, I think the number of close wins they’ve had this year is a sign they are overachieving and a correction is coming. They may yet go a lot further before that happens though.
 
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TigerForce

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He’s not entirely wrong there. A few of us around here have used this exact argument to undermine Chris Scott’s premiership at Geelong.

On McRae. Plenty of new coaches have experienced an early sugar hit and not gone on with it. The real challenge comes in subsequent seasons when he has to continually find new ways to motive his playing group and keep his message fresh.

Personally, I think the number of close wins they’ve had this year is a sign they are overachieving and a correction is coming. They may yet go a lot further before that happens though.
Yep good luck to Fly, but the unconvincing way they're playing, I reckon they'll do a St Kilda 2020 and 2021/2022. Middle of the ladder team.
 

Sintiger

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They keep on finding a way to win which is a credit to him and the players of course. To me he is undoubtedly the coach of the year
However I can't see them making a splash in September. I reckon they are a 6-10 team over achieving as others have said
 
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Letsroar

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I too think that they are over achieving
Watch the end of last night’s game closely
They didn’t put a foot wrong
Well coached well drilled
I never thought I would say this but if they meet Geelong in the finals go pies
 
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Streak

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Whether overachieving or not, the Pies have some big issues that are going to hurt in the next few years.

They will lose two key players in Pendlebury and Sidebottom. If De Goey leaves it leaves a hole, if he stays it provides an ongoing distraction. Grundy will cost them one way or the other. McStay will not really solve their lack of a key forward, and their defensive tall stocks look limited.

Daicos is clearly going to be a gun. But their middle field looks a little limited for the game style they play.

Which we showed was not a huge issue from 2017 onwards, but then we had better forwards and backs.
 

wayne

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For as long as I can remember, the Pies have been able to get the maximum out of ordinary players. The GF sides of 02-03 were terrible on paper.
 

DavidSSS

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They may get found out a bit in September this year. Collingwood may well, in fact they will, lose a few quality players over the next couple of years, some of their best players are just getting to retirement age so it is inevitable.

But what they have achieved already this year is, even if they don't do well in September, a platform to build on. From where they were last year Collingwood have improved out of sight, that often leads to a bit of a backwards step.

Collingwood will recruit, they will get some finals experience into their younger players, the future is in their hands. With McRae proving, unsurprisingly, he is a good coach, they are in a great position to improve and contend for the flag for a few years.

DS