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    Re: Where does JJ fit into the 2021 Bulldogs team?

    Quote Originally Posted by comrade View Post
    Worrying about JJ’s performance last night is like worrying about a door knob on the Titanic as it was going down.

    The iceberg (our midfields soft underbelly) is what worries me.
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    Re: Where does JJ fit into the 2021 Bulldogs team?

    Quote Originally Posted by EasternWest View Post
    You're right we should definitely only talk about what you think we should talk about.
    Ok mate.
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    Re: Where does JJ fit into the 2021 Bulldogs team?

    Quote Originally Posted by comrade View Post
    Ok mate.
    Top response.

    I'm amazed you don't think the performance of one of our highest paid senior player doesn't rate a mention.
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    Re: Where does JJ fit into the 2021 Bulldogs team?

    JJ is a player in "no man's land" at the moment. I would leave him in the VFL to get his mojo back. He is a shadow of his former self and has shown very little since coming back in.
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    Re: Where does JJ fit into the 2021 Bulldogs team?

    Why is he playing fwd? Who would do a better job? What’s expected of him?

    When VDM is fit, you’d say JJ is out.

    Is McNeil really any better?

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    Re: Where does JJ fit into the 2021 Bulldogs team?

    Quote Originally Posted by MrMahatma View Post
    Is McNeil really any better?
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    Re: Where does JJ fit into the 2021 Bulldogs team?

    McNeil has forward instincts and also defensive pressure instincts. He's also very quick. He's by no means the finished article but he is a far better contributor in that specialised role than JJ has been and ever will be.

    If JJ cannot demand selection as a rebounding half back or a two-way gut-running wingman, there isn't a spot for him in the senior team IMO. He clearly has the tools and the ability in either role but he is horribly out of form and bereft of confidence at the moment. He's not scrapheap material and will be important at some stage this season but not right now.
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    Re: Where does JJ fit into the 2021 Bulldogs team?

    I don’t buy him being miscast as a forward. He’s played some excellent games as a forward in the past.

    I really think his confidence has been wrecked ever since that Port game last year and he hasn’t mentally recovered.
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    Re: Where does JJ fit into the 2021 Bulldogs team?

    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Days View Post
    I don’t buy him being miscast as a forward. He’s played some excellent games as a forward in the past.

    I really think his confidence has been wrecked ever since that Port game last year and he hasn’t mentally recovered.
    What happened?
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    Re: Where does JJ fit into the 2021 Bulldogs team?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sedat View Post
    McNeil has forward instincts and also defensive pressure instincts. He's also very quick. He's by no means the finished article but he is a far better contributor in that specialised role than JJ has been and ever will be.

    If JJ cannot demand selection as a rebounding half back or a two-way gut-running wingman, there isn't a spot for him in the senior team IMO. He clearly has the tools and the ability in either role but he is horribly out of form and bereft of confidence at the moment. He's not scrapheap material and will be important at some stage this season but not right now.
    JJ should be capable of playing that role Ed Langdon is playing at Melbourne, just streaming up and down the wings and keeping width to break through the zone. Mentally he’s no where near it.
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    Re: Where does JJ fit into the 2021 Bulldogs team?

    Quote Originally Posted by bulldogtragic View Post
    What happened?
    A couple of howlers that cost goals in a tight game. They were poor errors when we had control of the ball.

    I actually see some merit in HD's suggestion that this match has ruined his confidence. He was visibly shattered after that game.
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    Re: Where does JJ fit into the 2021 Bulldogs team?

    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Days View Post
    I don’t buy him being miscast as a forward. He’s played some excellent games as a forward in the past.

    I really think his confidence has been wrecked ever since that Port game last year and he hasn’t mentally recovered.
    If you look at his history he has been prone to ups and downs before.

    Early on he just started to impress when he got smashed in a tackle against GWS in canberra i believe. Even after recovering it took him some time to get confidence back.

    Seems to be a thing with him, although this latest form slump has been dragging on for a few years, basically ever since Caleb Daniel and Crozier took over the kick in duties, he looks out of place.

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    Re: Where does JJ fit into the 2021 Bulldogs team?

    JJ looks lost playing multiple roles at the moment.

    For me, if he isn't getting selected as one of the 7 defenders, then you can't play him. Agree with the comments on the kick ins. I've been unsure why he hasn't been taking the kick outs over the past few years.

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    Re: Where does JJ fit into the 2021 Bulldogs team?

    Was it 2017 JJ was being lured to Freo? What would our compo have been?

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    Re: Where does JJ fit into the 2021 Bulldogs team?

    Remind me why JJ is not playing half-back?
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