Most coaches are not happy about the new proposed interchange rules, they have let their thoughts to be known in the past, and yet the AFL and the rules committee are still willing to change the rules, simply because the AFL doctors said so.
Compared to Oakley and Jackson, I think Demetriou is the lesser of the three evils. He tows the party line (ie: nothing’s wrong with the Etihad surface until you see the dust from Weribee) like all heads of large and diverse corps, and has a classic case of ‘can’t see the forest through the trees’ syndrome due to a number of influences trying to justify their existence with yet another rule change or game ‘enhancement’. All the while looking at the bottom line that you, I and business feeds into the comp. Doesn’t make him good. Just makes him less crap than those predecessors.
The interchange rule is rubbish. How it adversely affects the spectacle of footy is a total mystery to me. Maybe an influential person in the members brought it up in casual conversation over crownies and caviar. Gieshan (as shane stated) has to go. I’ve seen more smarts, spine and guts in a box jellyfish.
No national sport in the world has undergone such radical change in the past 20 years as Aussie Rules. It’s almost is if they want to destroy it’s greatness in exchange for a book smart free flow kick to kick excercise.