David Teague‘s coaching credentials have once again been put under the microscope following another lifeless showing from Carlton, this time against the GWS Giants.
The 36-point loss to the Giants leaves a Carlton side that harboured pre-season finals aspirations currently sitting 14th on the ladder with a paltry 4-9 record, with only percentage keeping the club out of the bottom three.
Despite the announcement of an external review into the club over the past fortnight, Carlton failed to come out of the gates ready to play, with the Giants kicking the first three goals of the contest.
The match was effectively over at half-time as the Giants took a five-goal lead into the main break, smashing the Blues 46-20 in the tackle count despite having 37 more disposals.
Hawthorn premiership great Jordan Lewis laid the blame at the feet of Carlton’s senior coach Teague, suggesting that he did not possess the motivational skills of some of the AFL’s best mentors.
“I don’t think performances like that help your cause if you’re trying to maintain the headset in the coaching position,” he told Fox Footy.
“One of the hardest things to do, and one of the great strengths of really good coaches, is how they motivate their groups, how you get your team to play on edge when things aren’t necessarily going well.
“We can only look at the first half and see how the players came out and performed and the way they attacked the contest. For me, they weren’t in a position where they were on edge, hungry to play and ready for the contest.
“Is David Teague that person that can motivate this group when they’re down and out?”
Lewis’ point was echoed by Bulldogs legend Brad Johnson, who said the Blues were “not up to scratch” in the first half.
“When people are looking in, you want to try and stand up with things that don’t take any talent, like pressure, workrate – things that you can control yourself,” he said. “That’s what we’re looking at first and they’re just not delivering.”