Too much pressure for a young fulla, a co-Captaincy thing with Luck would have been ideal for him at the time, even now when the pressure is on him, he panics and only age and experience gives you the tools to deal with football pressure, Panic creates idiots out of the best players.I like your post.
Only point is the one about Mannering. Mannering was the understudy for Price & I didnt see anyone else stepping up to take that mantle. So by default, he was the best man for the job. And given he's held that post under Bluey & now Matty Elliot - two seasons later - it couldnt have been that bad a decision..... .
Although I do agree, we still lack a natural leader in the group - someone who wants that role - comfortable in leadership and not afraid to fire the boys up when they're down.
He is still 2 seasons away from being a good Captain IMO.
There is nothing worse than watching your Captain do something stupid on the league field, whether it be a bad pass/offload,miss tackle or a stupid penalty- He is the one that should have the least errors in the team. I believe he has come a long way but is still not quite there.