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Last year when the Raiders flopped out, Ricky went on record and publicly accepted responsibility and humbly admitted that not only did his team need to improve, but he himself needed to improve as a coach, and look at them now. I think it’s time for Greeny to have that same brutal self assessment and honesty session with himself.

Paul Green and the Cowboys must part ways

It was a complete abomination of a game

Paul Green and the Cowboys must part ways

Cows making the finals is improbable but not impossible. The last team to make the finals from their position was the 2013 Cowboys which won their last 6 to finish 8th.

North Queensland Cowboys vs Brisbane Broncos: NRL Thursday night forecast

When you watch the Storm play and compare several areas with what the Cowboys are doing, it’s perplexing as to why Green isn’t applying, or at least try to apply the same standards. The Storm do play with a lot of depth in their attack and when they’re on a roll, they look so fast and slick whereas the Cows are always looking too flat, too slow and too predictable.

Paul Green and the Cowboys must part ways

I agree with most of your points. Although I think Morgan’s rise to first grade can be attributed to Neil Henry as he brought him up through developmental and gave him his debut in 2010. The Walker brothers will no longer be together as Ben Walker is retiring at the end of the season. Although if the Cows come knocking, he wouldn’t stay in retirement for long but I think NRL opportunities for them have now past. Cotter is only on a development contract, Green had to seek an exemption from the NRL to pick him when Baptist went down with an ACL. I think if the Cows lose tonight against the Broncos, their season is ‘officially’ over and Cotter might get another run to give him more experience for next year.

Paul Green and the Cowboys must part ways

That made me giggle. I’ll pay that one!

Paul Green and the Cowboys must part ways

Depends if he still holds a grudge… he applied for the Cowboys job but they chose Green over him.

Paul Green and the Cowboys must part ways

Tazz the problem they have is they re-signed him April last year to a reported rich deal until the end of 2021. Making that 2017 GF and re-signing before the cracks appeared was a godsend for Green

Paul Green and the Cowboys must part ways

Ok, well I understand you’re entitled to your opinion, but I respectfully disagree with your assessment.

Paul Green and the Cowboys must part ways

Jason Demetriou, who was Green’s assistant in 2015 so he knows the club and is currently serving his apprenticeship under Bennett or Adam O’Brien who was part of the Storm system under Bellamy and currently assistant to Trent Robinson at the Chooks. They’d be my choices.

Paul Green and the Cowboys must part ways

Hi Rob, it’s a results driven business so when a coach is no longer producing results, that’s when they should come under question, that’s my opinion anyway. That’s why I made the McGuire/Souths comparison. Souths stopped winning, they changed coaches and started winning again. Sounds simple enough. This obviously doesn’t apply to Mary and the Dragons though but it should, same with Greeny. Good comparison with the storm. They’ve always gone through transition phases and what does the media say every year? This will be the season where they fall back into the pack? Yet they still finish top 4 and make grand finals while “transitioning”.

Paul Green and the Cowboys must part ways

I watch every game and I don’t think they’ve tried that trick-shot kick from Granville to Morgan since. From memory each time they attempted it, it resulted in Morgan scoring. No idea why they’ve scrapped that play.

Paul Green and the Cowboys must part ways

Bellamy is an anomaly. He knows how to reinvent himself and evolve his structures to not only keep with the times, but to stay ahead of the rest of the comp.

Paul Green and the Cowboys must part ways

They extended the contracts to their premierships players but some of those contract extensions were too long and cost too much. Their retention policy seemingly didn’t include planning for the future. So a lot of young talent left the club to pursue opportunities elsewhere.

Paul Green and the Cowboys must part ways

I’ve seen a few Cows games live in here in Sydney this year and when I watch Coen Hess, it looks like he’s trying. You can’t see the effort he’s actually putting in on the cameras but for whatever reason, he’s lost his mojo. To his defence I think it’s a confidence thing as well. I don’t understand why the Cows have moved away from using him to steamroll defenders to score when attacking the opposition try line. He became their “go to” play in 16-17 and it worked. Even if the play itself became a predicable read for the defence, it doesn’t mean they can stop him. The halves are just not creating those opportunities for him close to the line anymore.

Paul Green and the Cowboys must part ways

Exactly. He’ll finish a player a year too early rather than a year too late. He sacked the King then won a couple of premierships with a young bloke named Kevin Walters. Greeny should follow his lead

Paul Green and the Cowboys must part ways

Hi Larry, just to clarify the Gela-Mosby and Addo-Carr comparison, the point was, they’re NOT comparable, but they SHOULD be. Some of Gela-Mosby’s shortcomings that you pointed out is the point of my argument that he’s not being developed properly. I know he’s only a young bloke who’s still learning, but in my opinion, there are fundamentals to his game he should already be better at and he should have had more opportunities to develop in first grade. He has some of the same traits as Addo-Carr eg the hyphenated surname, speed, natural skill and try scoring ability but he’ll never get to Addo-Carr’s level if things don’t change up there as far as his development is concerned. Cooper has now officially stated he wants to play on another year, and apparently the Cows will re-sign him to mentor the young back rowers coming through. I can guarantee if Bennett was coaching the Cows, Cooper, Scott and maybe Bolton probably would have been sent on that holiday last year. I agree with the rest of your assessments, although I think they needed a player like McGuire, with a bit of mongrel.

Paul Green and the Cowboys must part ways

Hi Victoire, I just want to clarify the “element’ of luck I was referring to was in regards to the Dragons choking against the Dogs which allowed Green’s men to qualify for the finals in ’17. Normally I don’t like using ‘ifs and buts’ arguments but I feel it’s relevant here. In the paragraph before, I was clear that Green does indeed deserve credit for his role in the success of the ’17 finals series. If you’re also referring to Green inheriting a roster already primed to win a comp as “luck”, I credited Green to bringing that “missing ingredient” which is the structures he implemented and executed. And no allowance to bad luck? In the seventh paragraph I acknowledged that bad luck with the sacking of Barba and the untimely injuries throughout this season. So your assessment of me being tad disingenuous is an unfair assessment. Happy to continue to discuss here.

Paul Green and the Cowboys must part ways

“The best of all time” is in the eyes of the beholder. It’s like asking who’s the greatest halfback of all time; Joey or JT? Some will say Joey, some will say JT. There’s no right answer. You can’t compare players from different generations either. IMO, Sam Burgess, Gavin Miller, Brad Clyde, SBW would all be ahead of Graham. But that’s just my opinion. Many will agree, many won’t.

Wade Graham is the best edge forward of all time

Gavin Miller is a multiple time Dally M medallist, so he was pretty darn good!

Wade Graham is the best edge forward of all time

Brad that was 20 years ago. There’s a clause in the game’s licensing agreement that gives the NRL the right to relocate clubs if they’re under any financial stress or not sustainable so courts and lawyers don’t have a leg to stand on. For example, if the Sharks are struggling financially, the NRL can bail them out if they wish, but only if they move to Perth. The next licencing agreement, for which the NRL will push for more power, criteria will be implemented

Expansion: The dirty word in rugby league

If fans want to avoid the traumatization, I’d recommend they buy memberships and show up to watch their team play, because memberships and crowd numbers would be essential to said criteria

Expansion: The dirty word in rugby league

The cost of running a second division is too much. NRL and contributing clubs already struggle to finance the women’s game. It’s a nice option, but it’s currently an unrealistic option.

Expansion: The dirty word in rugby league

Look at the Titans now… on-field results aside, they’re in good shape financially and with a leagues club being built, long term sustainability is almost certain. World class stadium. $25 million dollar performance centre. Multi-millionaire business mogul owners. Millions in sponsorship and corporate partners. Most Sydney teams don’t have what the Titans currently have.

Expansion: The dirty word in rugby league

One word: Criteria! If Sydney teams don’t meet certain criteria to remain in Sydney, they can either willingly relocate or not be granted another NRL licence, essentially being booted out of the comp.

Expansion: The dirty word in rugby league