I am really confused on one point, why do so many people think Brown is better than SK. Sk was bought in to change the culture, which he did then got the arse because of his relationship with Moses. Nathan was bought in to improve the team which he didnt do and then lost the dressing room publicly and walked before he was given the arse.
He did improve them, as they had nothing when he arrived, like nothing, legit reserve grade / U20s team in 2016/17.
So when they got Pearce and Ponga and jumped up to 11th in 2018 he got a lot of praise for that.
Because he didn’t complain or moan when they went 6 – 42 (not a misprint) over two seasons he had built up a lot of credit, which disappeared on him as soon as he didn’t meet expectations last season.
My memory of his last 2 knights seasons was that they were pretty stock standard modern NRL boring.
Some big forwards rumbling up the middle, Danny Levi was a bit of a hand brake at hooker, Ponga is a rare talent, but mostly parked up on one side as a second receiver. Pearce is a bit of a weird player, should be one of the dominant halves but often isn’t for one reason or another. Connor Watson should have been an exciting wild card, but always injured.
Looking at the season stats for 18 & 19 (not really fair to look earlier) they offloaded much less than warriors and made less line breaks, but scored about the same number of tries (from kicks?) had an awful defensive season in 2018 that improved in 2019.
He’s got more personality than Kearney, so the media will like him, but there is nothing in his recent coaching form that says his team will do much better out on the field.
Hope is that he’s more adaptable and gets (or utilises) more help than what Kearney got. And be a better recruiter - which is very important.
And he has some (not many, but some) good players to work with next year, he won't be starting out with an empty sheet of paper like at newcastle.