Former St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt says Adelaide’s form drop this season presents troublesome signs for the club.
The Crows are sitting on one win and three losses for the year with their most recent loss coming against the Kangaroos, where they recorded just 36 inside 50s.
After all the promise shown in the pre-season – and playing in a Grand Final two years ago – Riewoldt says Adelaide’s downfall has been worrying.
“The turnaround for the Adelaide Crows, the fall from grace has been extraordinary,” he told SEN Breakfast.
“People look to the scars of the Grand Final, the pre-season, the tumultuous camp and losing Lever and the fall-out amongst the playing group.
“But they just look like shells of themselves.
“They’re all at sea in terms of their connection.”
Riewoldt particularly singled out the Crows’ forward line, questioning their game style inside 50.
“I’m looking mainly at the forward half, the midfield forward half,” he said.
“It doesn’t look like they have a plan B, that’s what it looks like.
“Either they don’t have one, or they’re not capable of adjusting to a different style.
“They don’t have a forward that’s prepared to crash a contest, to crash a pack and bring the ground-level players into it.”
Adelaide hosts the in-form Gold Coast Suns at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday.
Although the Crows have won 11 straight games against the Suns, they’ll be coming into this game under pressure.
Hear Nick Riewoldt on SEN Breakfast in the player below.