Garry Lyon, Tim Watson and Sam Edmund answered the tough questions in sport on SEN Breakfast this morning.
Check them out below!
Does the AFL have an intolerance to age and to second chances when it comes to senior coaches?
Lyon: “We often quote Bill Belichick here. He had his first crack and it was unsuccessful. Yeah, I probably think we have.”
Watson: “Yep, I definitely think we have. I think any person who has coached will be better the second time around. Those guys who’ve had one opportunity, they’re always going to be better.
“There’s a lot of them currently like (Brenton) Sanderson, (Michael) Voss, (Brett) Ratten, Mark Harvey, Matty Knights. They’ve stayed in the game and you’d have to think they are going to be better second time around.”
Now Tim Kelly is open to going to Fremantle, as reported in The Age, how much better is that for Geelong and their negotiations with two genuine suitors (along with West Coast)?
Lyon: “Significantly. You put your house on the market and you’ve only got one bidder, then they’ve got the whip hand.
“But when there’s two going at it, and they both desperately want you, then look out. They are in a very good position the Cats.”
Does Ray Chamberlain’s admirable admission of not paying Jack Ziebell a free kick prove how good it would be to regularly hear from umpires after a game?
Watson: “I always like to hear from the umpires. I guess there’s always concern if you are part of the umpiring department that it becomes the whole story for the week and the narrative goes on and on. Now we start talking about their mistakes.”
Edmund: “If they came out on a Monday or Tuesday and said, ‘Look, this is why we did it’, actually hear from the umpires themselves, maybe the story wouldn’t go on and on.”
Do you think there was a case to answer for Jack Riewoldt and his ‘chicken wing’ tackle against Carlton?
Edmund: “I don’t think so. He had no case to answer.”
Watson: “He didn’t continue on with it. The arm was held but he didn’t bend it back or exaggerate the movement.”
Does Sam Mitchell, Luke Hodge and Jordan Lewis’ decision to play on elsewhere dilute their Hawthorn legacy after Jarryd Roughead opted to stay a one-club player?
Watson: “No, I don’t think it does. They’re always going to be remembered as Hawthorn greats.”
Is there any possibility that Roughead, Lewis and Shaun Burgoyne might get together and try to help establish the Gold Coast Suns?
Watson: “That would be an interesting outcome. Have you heard anything along those lines?”
Lyon: “No, I have not.”
Watson: “Stuey Dew, a former premiership teammate, Mark Evans… There’s a strong Hawthorn connection.”
Has Aaron Sandilands been one of the greatest ruckman of all-time?
Lyon: “No. That’s rarefied air you’re talking about.”
Watson: “Does he just fall short of that?”
Watson: “Who have you got as the greatest all-time ruckman?”
Lyon: “Simon Madden, probably, as the all-timer.”
Edmund: “If Sandi could’ve gone forward and taken some constant marks and kicked goals, it would have been the icing on the cake. His ruck work was incredible.”
Is there an opportunity for the Suns to tap into the Indigenous talent – with Burgoyne and Eddie Betts – and use that as the impetus to launch into the ether?
Watson: “Let’s stretch that a little further, do you think that might entice Cyril Rioli to re-think his retirement?”
Lyon: “That’s exactly where my mind was going. It doesn’t become an Indigenous team but it’s an environment up in the northern states that is largely untapped.
“If it were in Queensland to play with Burgoyne, Cyril and Eddie, would that be the opportunity (for Gold Coast to flourish)?”
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