Sanderson will get what he deserves

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    No AFL coach has been presented with such disadvantages in his second year as Brenton Sanderson.

    Mark Neeld is the possible exception here, although he wasn’t burdened with any draft or trade penalties.

    Imagine, in your second year as an AFL coach, having finally hit the big time, losing your highest paid and best key forward (for zero compensation), your first two picks in the ever-important national draft, the bloke who hired you for six months, and your most senior assistant for the first 16 rounds of the subsequent season.

    Furthermore, your ‘barometer’ and other power forward goes down four games into the new season (not to return for 12 months or more).

    Most pundits and journalists seem surprised that Adelaide has failed to live up to the lofty expectations created by a stellar 2012 AFL premiership season – where the Crows improved on their 2011 season by 10-11 wins and about the same number of positions on the premiership ladder.

    When you look at these factors however it is far from a surprise.

    Think about it: two key forwards gone, assistant coach gone, four first and second round draft picks gone – all for nothing.

    Imagine if you will: Hawthorn loses Lance Franklin and Jarryd Roughead within a few months, or Collingwood misses out on two first round draft picks, such as Ben Kennedy and Brodie Grundy (2012 AFL Draft).

    How would those clubs, or their coaches, react? It may be better, it may be worse, but it would be really tough.

    One may even argue that the Adelaide team has done quite well this season winning five games of 12 – with three losses being within two goals and two of those coming against definite top four finishers in 2013.

    Sure, the midfield is down and they’ve had a couple of blowouts, but boy, didn’t they ‘go up’ in 2012 (with the identical group from 2011)?

    It was always going to be tough to stay up there – especially in the increasingly professional AFL environment when any ‘spike’ in form from an up-and-coming young team is obsessively and painstakingly analysed by competitors.

    Hats off to Geelong (in particular) who almost always seem to overcome such heat – a team from which, interestingly, Sanderson learnt the bulk of his trade – both as a player and coach.

    Now, I’m not saying that Adelaide didn’t deserve these penalties (apart from the Dean Bailey penalty which this club had nothing to do with whatsoever) – they were weirdly naïve and stupid in the Tippett contract dealings.

    What I am saying however is that Sanderson didn’t deserve this.

    To his credit, he has never played the ‘woe is me’ line, and he never whinges (unlike some other AFL coaches, particularly those more advanced in years than their counterparts).

    He cops it all on his undeserved chin, and keeps the faith at all times – constantly reiterating the pride and confidence he has in his team and even his club.

    Good luck Sando. I hope you get what you deserve one day as an AFL coach.

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This article originally stated that Brenton Sanderson was in his first season as coach of the Adelaide Football Club. This has since been updated to correctly reflect that Sanderson is now in his second season as coach of the Crows.

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    • June 22nd 2013 @ 7:35am
      Ian said | June 22nd 2013 @ 7:35am | ! Report

      I am reasonably sure that this is not his first year as Adelaide coach.

      • June 22nd 2013 @ 2:07pm
        stevedeanski said | June 22nd 2013 @ 2:07pm | ! Report

        It all happened within his first 12 months in the job which is what I was referring to…

    • June 22nd 2013 @ 8:14am
      Brendan said | June 22nd 2013 @ 8:14am | ! Report

      Sanderson was appointed during the 2011 final series and coached the Crows last season.

    • June 22nd 2013 @ 9:01am
      Damo said | June 22nd 2013 @ 9:01am | ! Report

      Second year coach.

      I think you hit the nail on the head when you discussed how thouroughly teams scruitinize each other. We had a very simple game plan last year: Jacobs wins the ruck, Dangerfield/Sloane/Thompson wins the clearance, bomb it long to one of two tall targets. We had confidence and faith in that plan. Now, Jacobs has been figured out and is in a slump, Dangerfield copps a heavier tag then a Dolche Gabbana hand bag and the two key forwards are gone. We basicay need to learn a whole new way of doing things.

    • June 22nd 2013 @ 9:13am
      Lachlan said | June 22nd 2013 @ 9:13am | ! Report

      You musn’t follow football very closely. The credibility goes out the window straight away as your opening statement is incorrect.

      • June 22nd 2013 @ 2:09pm
        stevedeanski said | June 22nd 2013 @ 2:09pm | ! Report

        It all happened within Sanderson’s first 12 months which is what I was referring to…

    • June 22nd 2013 @ 1:28pm
      Paul G said | June 22nd 2013 @ 1:28pm | ! Report

      I agree with you Lachlan. I could pick holes all through this article.

      • June 22nd 2013 @ 2:11pm
        stevedeanski said | June 22nd 2013 @ 2:11pm | ! Report

        Great. Go ahead I will be interested to see if there’s any substance to this remark.

        • June 22nd 2013 @ 5:03pm
          Paul G said | June 22nd 2013 @ 5:03pm | ! Report

          Tippet hadn’t been their best key forward for a couple of seasons. His season last year was suspect. Their draw this year isn’t that bad, even though it’s not as easy as last season (which was ridiculous)… Are these self created disadvantages included, because they did this to themselves? If yes, then James Hird, and Mark Neeld would be the most disadvantaged. Silly to compare Roughead and Buddy with Tex and Tippet (their about on par with Kennedy and Darling). I agree with the draft picks, but that wouldnt necessarily show detrimental until later. Currently Essendon, Adelaide, and North Melbourne have the shortest injury lists. He hasn’t copped that much media pressure. You must live in Adelaide i guess.

          • June 22nd 2013 @ 10:28pm
            stevedeanski said | June 22nd 2013 @ 10:28pm | ! Report

            OK. Take Kennedy and Darling out of West Coast… same thing, a big hole. You’re with everyone else who says Walker and Tippett are not a big loss. Well, it is. Even if, as you say, Tippett hasn’t been the best key forward, he still takes the first or second key defender which frees up another (Walker). James Hird didn’t lose his highest paid player for nothing, in fact, he gained one (Goddard). Hardly a disadvantage. The point of the article anyway, is that Sanderson had a hell of a lot to deal with in his first 12 months – and has passed in flying colours, in my opinion. Who said anything about media pressure? Never mentioned it, but, ok…Yes I am based in Adelaide, and is stated in my Roar profile, if that make a difference to anything. Thanks for the read!

    • June 22nd 2013 @ 6:47pm
      Floyd Calhoun said | June 22nd 2013 @ 6:47pm | ! Report

      Chris Knights told Richmond’s coaches how Adelaide would play the game. With the exception of the brilliant Dangerfield, it all panned out that way. Set formula with no plan B.

      • June 22nd 2013 @ 10:29pm
        stevedeanski said | June 22nd 2013 @ 10:29pm | ! Report

        Knighta is a great bloke and player – shattered to see him go down. He’ll be back!

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