How the Blues players "took control" following 93-point drubbing

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Carlton coach Brendon Bolton says he is proud of the players for taking control after their 93-point loss against GWS.

The Blues had a players-only meeting during the week, where a number of issues were addressed.

Bolton says he and the coaches weren’t exactly kicked out of the meeting, but instead welcomed the opportunity for players to take ownership of the performance.

"I'm not sure we were kicked out," Bolton said.

"We were in a leadership meeting prior to that and there was always going to be the opportunity for players … to go in there and have some really strong conversations.

"In elite environments, I know that sounds extreme, but that's career ownership. Players take control.

“The more people do that from a playing level, you build more leadership.

"(But) it wasn't that we were kicked out. It was more that they created an opportunity to have some strong conversations with each other.

“I'm proud of the way they went about it."

The Blues coach says this isn’t an unusual occurrence though, as the club is always sharing feedback.

"We have a review with players," Bolton said.

"In that, we always open up with 'what's the coach doing well and what can he improve on?'

"I get ongoing feedback all the time, in and around what the players lens is.

“You often act on some of that, or continue to do some of the things you're doing well.

“But also, as a coach, you've got to understand the lens but not always act on some of that feedback.

"But at least listening to it, you understand what they're feeling and thinking.

"We do it formally every six weeks, but it's ongoing.

“We go to a leadership meeting … and we go around the leaders about what they're doing well and what they can improve on.

"Me, as a leader, I'm part of that. It never gets missed.

“Irrespective of where we are this year, it's been ongoing. It's part of what high-performing clubs do."

The Blues will aim to bounce back from the heavy loss against the Giants when they take on St Kilda on Sunday at Marvel Stadium.