Sometimes mad scientists produce magic. Other times they just make a mess. Des Hasler has just created a mess at Canterbury.
And there is no way out for the Bulldogs in the foreseeable future.
Phil Gould penned an interesting piece on the Bulldogs after their embarrassing display against Parramatta, where they managed just two first-half points and failed to come over the top despite 70 percent possession and all the field position.
Gould argued that Canterbury lacked confidence, were too one-dimensional in attack and had no attacking kicking game.
Des Hasler has to be kidding! He’s under pressure for his poorly performing team. Refs gave @NRL_Bulldogs huge leg up all second half.
— Craig (@Sixties2153) June 30, 2017
He is, of course, right but he was far too soft in absolving both coach and players of responsibility, as if the current situation at Canterbury was just shone upon the club like a spotlight at a Broadway play.
The Bulldogs’ attack does lack confidence. It is one-dimensional. There is no kicking game. Goalkicking is a disaster. There is no speed. No team is less threatening around the ruck. There are too many dead plays. There is no creativity.
— NRL CONSPIRACIES (@NrlConspiracies) July 2, 2017
And this goes back to those charged with building the team, and in Bulldogs-land that begins and ends with Des Hasler.
He has constructed this team. He has made both recruitment and retention decisions. He decided Moses Mbye was his future at halfback. He decided to let Michael Ennis go for Michael Lichaa with Ennis winning a title at the Sharks and Lichaa on the verge of being dumped. He tied up cap space with Tony Williams. He allowed Will Hopoate to miss Sundays. He has continually played slow outside backs with little upside in place of blooding players. He has neglected the pathways to first grade. He has coached the props to play as halfbacks and the halves to play as props. He set up the structure that sees Aiden Tolman touch the ball at least nine times a set when inside the opposition 20.
And now he thinks that Kieran Foran and Aaron Woods can turn it all around.
There is only one solution to the Canterbury problem and that is moving on from Des Hasler. The pain will be here a long time but the quicker the club starts the healing, the quicker it can get into a position to genuinely contend again.
It is the only way. Continuing down this path just delays the inevitable knockdown and rebuild that is coming.
Seriously i ask again: what the fuck does Des do on his 12 hour work days?
— Woods (@uglykiddave) June 29, 2017