Sam Landsberger or Edmund tweeted that the genesis for the man on the mark was Hocking was so affronted by how we defended the man on the mark that this sparked the rule change.
That's not him openly admitting it, it's a journo speculating about what he thinks.
If they did that about something Gale was thinking about Hardwick rooting staff members, we'd all scream they were talking crap to stir the pot.
Leppa also referred to it. In discussions last year about how Richmond train how to man a mark, Hocking, or another minion, said, and I'm trying to remember the direct words, something along the lines of "Don't worry, we're dealing with that next year".
Leppa admitted on SEN that he had conversations with Hocking during the QLD hubs about our aggressive approach to manning the mark and how we put alot of work on it at training. Leppa then said I probably shouldn't say anymore. You can put 1 and 1 together after that.