The problem at Essendon

This week on the Real Footy podcast, Michael Gleeson, Caroline Wilson and Jake Niall take a look at the Bombers and whether they are living up to Ben Rutten’s ambition for the side to be a “blue-collar” team.

Injuries have hit the Dons hard this season, and they’ve had a tough draw so far. They overachieved last season and have taken a step back in 2022. But they also have an on-field leadership problem. Once you get past Dyson Heppell, who is the next leader in the team?

No matter a player’s skill level, the one thing everyone can bring is pressure. Can they show that against the Pies on Anzac Day? And will Collingwood’s forward line issues take the heat off the Bombers’ undermanned defence?

Also this week, Sam Mitchell’s biggest win as Hawthorn coach came on Easter Monday against the Cats. Does it reinforce that the Hawks made the right call to move on from Alastair Clarkson as coach? How important was Mitchell’s time as Box Hill coach before he stepped up to AFL level, and how is it helping him in his current role?

Dissent towards umpires is a hot topic this week. Are people overreacting to the issue? How important is clarity for players? And how much do optics play a role in the crackdown, and how much is actually stopping abuse towards umpires?

We also discuss Patrick Dangerfield’s recent form and why the Cats are playing him if he’s injured, the politics around selecting Gillon McLachlan’s successor, whether the Saints are a top-four team, why player movement is hurting the AFLW and much more.

Keep up to date with the best AFL coverage in the country. Sign up for the Real Footy newsletter.

Most Viewed in Sport

Source: Read Full Article