If Fitz the rookie coach, with the rookie half, finished second this year, what will his pass mark be next year?
Assuming almost all of our squad is the same next year. But our draw can only get harder (to follow the popular narrative).
We only get better, surely.
I'm not as fussed about finishing 2nd or 1st next year but obviously still need/want top 4 and to win more than zero finals games
We should be aiming for top 4 again and to get through to the prelim (this might be the new benchmark / passmark for Fitz in 2023) but hopefully pushing to go 1 better than that and make the GF
Having such a good first year as coach has very quickly set expectations high so even if we have a tough draw, injuries whatever next year I think fans will feel disappointed if we don't go at least as good as 2022
Finish top 8 and win a finals game or 2 could still be considered an improvement depending upon how you look at it
The majority of top 8 teams from 2022 will be even tougher next season IMO and will have taken heaps of confidence and learning's out of 2022 - we need to be one of them.
Most of the current bottom 8 I still see kinda sucking next year so there will be the usual suspects of bottom dweller teams to beat up on and get some wins but regardless we will do well to finish top 4. However if we really do sort out the issues we were having in 2022 (discipline, defense ect.) and further expand and leverage all the positives we showed we really should be a force in the finals race
We were a great team on our day and fantastic to watch early season but still won most of our games when we wernt that hot and that counts for something.
We will still have a strong squad full of talent and experience, need some luck with injuries, further develop combos and get some better leadership from senior players + need some really good form and performances from our hooker and fullback. We have the pieces it's just about bringing them all into place at the same time now and we can go far.
If we need a few extra pieces on the table to complete the puzzle I don't think we are missing that many as it stands. For Fitz it will more or less just be a case of tinkering a bit with the bench with no Fifs & Tolman. That's a good place to be in compared to some clubs that seem to be having a bit of a clean out and reshuffle/rebuild of their squads. It will take those blokes time to play well together consistently but we have already got a head start on that