Don't get me wrong, I am far from a Hammett supporter, but that is a far cry from a Hammett hater looking for new and creative ways to decry him.
Let me take issue with this first. I don't look for new and creative ways to decry him, the facts are more than enough. You'll also note that I reserve as much scorn for the people who put him there as much as him. But, nothing I've seen from him as a coach gives me confidence he can do a good job, not with his man management, not with his press (and treatment of the team in the press), not with his 'structure' - the Canes looked more rudderless last year than you suggest they have been in the past.
I haven't compared them, that is the point. Hollwell was good enough, the team wasn't. We don't and probably will not have a 1st 5/8 comparable to any of those you mention, but in his pomp Hollwell was a better controller of a game than Cruden has shown thus far, albeit he is still young.
Rubbish. Great guy that he was he was only serviceable and not better than the team as a whole. Of course he can control a game better than Cruden now, he would have controlled a game better than Carter in the early stages of his career as well. At any rate, like I said, Holwell was only around for two of the campaigns under discussion and in the 2nd time he was the back up to Gopperth.
No, I don't think the forward strength had appreciably improved. Lock and loose forwards is still a worry, despite some good prospects in the loose we're still farting around with guys like Levave. We have one tried and tested prop and some good prospects. However we are still weak in the forwards, dare I say it, mainly due to attitude.
What does this mean? The current forwards have a bad attitude.
Agree with you re: Levave, I think Shields is a real up and comer and he should have been joined by Trent Boswell-Wakefield (I was surprised that he didn't even make a WTG with my Magpies cap on of course - especially as he was better than Coman who did make the WTG) but it's the engine room that is the problem. I think the forward strength has appreciably decreased. Who's the tried and tested prop? Please don't say Bent, I will have a smilie fit if you do
The second section I've highlighted is pretty much what I said in the quoted post. ANd yes, it's nice to win games like that, but it will rarely carry off a chamionship, also some I mentioned.
So you agree with me that this bad culture crap is nonsense? Or have I misread you?