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I find the omission of Jason Demetriou (aka Dumbo Big Ears) a convenient oversight that might otherwise kill your theory about rookie coaches dead in the water, Paul.

At present Dumbo Big Ears is doing his best to drive Souths out of the top 8 after a series of subpar performances that would be considered poor even by NSW Cup standards. Clearly he has no idea of how to turn this around. Souths lead the NRL in set incompletions, errors and missed tackles.

Now that he has mastered this facet of the game Bunnies supporters can only hope that JD can learn how to guide his team towards dominating positive stats as well. That would make a pleasant change for all long-suffering fans of the cardinal and myrtle.

Why rookie coaches are much better chance of winning premierships than recycled ones

Campbell Graham was next in line last year as he was already in the extended Blues squad. The Rabbitohs tragic form this year has not done much to advance his claim for this Origin series unfortunately.

State of Origin likely game one teams - Slater keen on teen duo, Fifita a chance, Fittler coy over new Blues centres

No Latrell Mitchell, Cameron Murray, Mark Nichols and then losing JuniorTatola in the first tackle of the game to a raised elbow/forearm most teams would struggle to overcome that list of outs.

The 65% completion rate, 13 errors and 48 missed tackles are inexcusable though. So is Dumbo Big Ears complete inability to make adjustments to the side when things are going badly wrong.

To state the obvious, Cody Walker isn’t a leader. Damien Cook should be the captain in Cam Murray’s absence.

Souths were disgraceful. An absolute embarrassment. They would have even lost to the Bulldogs today.

Raiders celebrate Papalii's 250th in style as Souths attacking woes continue

I was just reflecting on the all Manly press conferences tonight… Des Hasler and DCE vs Brad Arthur and Clint Gutherson. That’s keeping it in the family for you. 😛

Turbo set to miss season after dislocating shoulder as Eels slip past Sea Eagles in thriller

Rugby League has become like soccer, acting to win penalties. It is soft and contemptible and an assault on the values that made the game great.

Tyson Gamble becomes public enemy number one despite being the one who was taken out

I’m not sure mobility scooters count mate. 😛 😂

State of Origin likely game one teams - Slater keen on teen duo, Fifita a chance, Fittler coy over new Blues centres

Organised “incompetence” = corruption/conspiracy

It’s a mathematical certainty matth. 😛

'I don’t get it': O'Brien bemused at bunker as Broncos avoid obstruction call to romp to victory

It doesn’t matter when a player begins a passing action. What matters is when and where the ball was passed and the decoy runner cannot make contact with and impede a defender who only has eyes for the man with the ball.

'I don’t get it': O'Brien bemused at bunker as Broncos avoid obstruction call to romp to victory

No Jonathan, it doesn’t. Otherwise the Broncos will start playing like their NFL franchise namesakes the Denver Broncos with lead blockers clearing a path for Cobbo to score every time.

That was one of the clearest cases of obstruction I have ever seen. The ball was passed from behind the Broncos decoy runner who clearly impacted the defender who had eyes for the ball and Martin alone and who had made no defensive decision to tackle the decoy.

'I don’t get it': O'Brien bemused at bunker as Broncos avoid obstruction call to romp to victory

So if the Dogs found themselves in a position of signing Tedesco, Turbo and Mitchell who would you play where and why?

If any club had the luxury of having all 3 of those players they would play them exactly as Freddie does. Mitchell would play in his familiar left centre position and Turbo would play at right centre with a licence to roam with Tedesco at FB.

Irrespective of other options those 3 players, although FBs at each if their respective clubs, are vastly superior options at centre than any of the other natural centres who are currently in the running.

State of Origin likely game one teams - Slater keen on teen duo, Fifita a chance, Fittler coy over new Blues centres

IMHO Talaki would not have been able to replicate his 3 game purple patch at Origin level. He would have cracked under the pressure.

Perhaps he might make a go of it as a utility player off the bench to covering centre and the back row but not as a starting player playing a full 80 mins.

State of Origin likely game one teams - Slater keen on teen duo, Fifita a chance, Fittler coy over new Blues centres

It would appear Matt Lodge will remain at Redcliffe oval after all. Only he won’t play there again until 2023. Personally, I think he is more trouble than he is worth. But Bennett knows best.

NRL NEWS: Lodge quits the Warriors, Best's gruesome elbow injury, Ray Warren may not return for 100th Origin

Admiral Akbar: “It’s a trap an act!”

Gamble was true to name and took the chance that staying down would earn his team a penalty. He carried on like a castrated bull, rolling around on the ground and then got up and laughed when he got the penalty.

Tyson Gamble becomes public enemy number one despite being the one who was taken out

The no obstruction call that allowed the Broncos a TRY at a pivotal time in last night’s game was one of the worst bunker decisions I can remember. It goes totally against the precedent set by NRL officials in the past.

Martin caught the ball and ran behind the lead runner who acted as an NFL blocker and by the time he emerged into view for the Knights left edge defence he had already passesd the ball. IMO that is even harder for the defence to read than if he had passed the ball after coming into view. It was a bait and switch play.

There are two simple questions that have to be asked. Was the defence disadvantaged and did the attacking side receive an advantage. The clear answer for anyone who has eyes and a brain is YES to both questions.

Week after week the senior review officials (themselves referees so there is no excuse) keeps getting it wrong.

The bunker is a disgrace. Get rid of it and allow the on-field referee to make the call from the video angles available on the big screen at the ground and leave it at that.

Now that every TRY is pulled up and scrutinised looking for any reason to disallow it, like the Dane Gagai TRY which has been a TRY for the last 115 years, the game has descended even more into the realm of farce.

'I don’t get it': O'Brien bemused at bunker as Broncos avoid obstruction call to romp to victory

GH, 2nd tier refers to competition, i.e. NSW Cup, QLD Cup not tiered rankings for coaches or teams.

MICHAEL HAGAN: Why more than just a new coach is needed to fix Dogs' breakfast

I think I can solve the Bulldogs’ coaching problem.

If Phil Gould can turn the Dogs fortunes around after just one training session resulting in an upset win against the Roosters the solution is obvious. Especially given that Gould’s position of influence at the club is a serious impediment for a proven NRL coach like Shane “peptides” Flanagan taking on the role. Gus Gould should step out from the shadows and hiding behind all prospective scapegoats and take on the role himself. After all, that was the point in him proving that he could coach the Dogs to a win, wasn’t it?

Sadly, for Dogs fans Phil Gould’s ego makes that impossible. It is the same reason why he has consistently refused to take on the NSW Origin coaching role despite numerous attempts to persuade him to change his mind over the years. Gus is all about his legacy, his reputation and runs on the board. He doesn’t want to jeopardise his winning percentage batting on for one innings too many.

Gould would much prefer to tinker from the shadows and leave a fall guy to take the blame when things go wrong. Just ask Ivan Cleary, Anthony Griffin and Trent Barrett.

MICHAEL HAGAN: Why more than just a new coach is needed to fix Dogs' breakfast

Bingo! You hit the nail on the head BD. Being a great 2nd-tier or assistant coach, or having had success as a head coach in the English Super League is no guarantee of success in the NRL.

That said, new coaches in the NRL need to be given every opportunity to succeed with a roster that is competitive and not more suited to a 2nd-tier competition (i.e. the Tigers). Think about Trent Robinson’s debut coaching premiership in 2013 when Nick Politis ignored the NRL salary cap rules to sign 3 marquee players in the same season and add them to a side already teaming with rep talent.

New NRL coaches also need to be given a fair chance to make their mark on their squad. For example, Michael Maguire didn’t win a premiership with the Rabbitohs until his third year as an NRL coach. Look at Todd Payten who is only in his second year as an NRL coach if you don’t count his caretaker 14 game stint as head coach of the Warriors in 2020. Now the Cowboys are flying high in 3rd position on the NRL ladder.

Craig Fitzgibbon has found instant success in his debut season as an NRL coach steering the Sharks to 5th place on the NRL ladder after having his side in the top 4 for most of the season. Most would argue that the Sharks and the Bulldogs have a comparable starting 17 but the Sharks have greater depth IIMO.

Even the Rabbitohs Dumbo Big Ears has managed to keep the Bunnies in the top 8 clinging to 8th place on the ladder by their little paws.

The fact that the Rabbitohs have previously been a top 4 side from the previous 4 years and last year’s Grand Finalists throws a bucket of cold water over any thought that this is an achievement instead of a disappointment however. I could have been more forgiving of Demetriou if he had just arrived at the club, like Craig Fitzgibbon, rather than having been assistant coach at the Rabbitohs for the last 4 years and serving his apprenticeship under Wayne Bennett.

As far as Trent Barrett’s NRL coaching career is concerned, after two failed attempts as an NRL coach, his final and only chance according to Phil Gould is to return to his roots and coach the Dragons. Judging by the media scrutiny, the continued poor performances of the Dragons and the vultures circling Anthony Griffin (aka Barney Rubble) Barrett may not have too long to wait.

MICHAEL HAGAN: Why more than just a new coach is needed to fix Dogs' breakfast

Anthony Griffin? 😂 😂 😂

Barrett's successor will need to tread warily unless Gus can clean up Bulldogs’ mess

Steve Georgallis?

Barrett's successor will need to tread warily unless Gus can clean up Bulldogs’ mess

Truth be told mate the sooner the better as far as Bulldogs fans are concerned.

The Dogs need to rip the bandaid off and be done with it. Steve Georgallis will do a better job with Phil Gould keeping a close eye on things.

Barrett's successor will need to tread warily unless Gus can clean up Bulldogs’ mess

I’m all for banter, joking around and fishing for bites. But not for topics like this Eric. Like comedian Milton Berle once said, you have to pick your spots.

You see, most people reading those comments won’t realise that you are an id.iot in desperate need of attention. They might think you actually condone violence when in truth you clearly run from it screaming.

You are the ultimate keyboard warrior mate. You are only brave hiding behind anonymity.

'Never seen anything like it': Ex-Origin star caught up in frightening crowd violence

Eric you sound like the sort of bloke who would be too scared to king hit Tyrion Lannister from behind at night.

'Never seen anything like it': Ex-Origin star caught up in frightening crowd violence

Totally agree Tom. You should be able to take your kids to a game (as we once did) without fearing for their safety. Lifetime bans are the only answer along with police prosecuton for affray and disturbing the peace.

'Never seen anything like it': Ex-Origin star caught up in frightening crowd violence

I have a feeling the comment was meant to be ironic. At least I hope it was.

There is no excuse for that behaviour. How can the NRL market the game as a family friendly product when behaviour like that isn’t punished with lifetime bans from attending the game live?

'Never seen anything like it': Ex-Origin star caught up in frightening crowd violence

I did wonder. Chooks fan? It isn’t the feather Dumbo. 😛

'The nerves got bad': Souths survive miracle Warriors comeback to cling on to crucial victory

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