POWER to the players.
David Teague and his coaching staff are planning on doing things a little bit differently in his first full year at the helm.
Namely, the players will have critical ownership of the way forward.
Saying he hadn’t explicitly seen it done in an AFL environment previously, Teague was optimistic of what could come from it.
“Mentally, I’ve got a game plan which I think I want to play,” Teague said on RSN Breakfast.
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“What I want to do is I want to challenge the players in throwing them a heap of different situations and environments in terms of drills at training and see how they solve it naturally.
“We’ll grow the game style from there. It won’t change a lot from last year — we want to be a bit more attacking but have that aggressive defence behind it.”
Carlton’s mantle heading into the 2020 campaign is to “own the future” — its players are going to do exactly that.
The Senior Coach believes that the opportunity will be something that his emerging playing group will relish.
“As our group matures, they’re going to really grab that and take us forward,” he said.
“They’ll draw out the parts of the game plan from our training.
“I’m really excited about it and I think the players will really embrace territory.”
Despite coaching the second half of the 2019 season, this pre-season marks uncharted territory for Teague in that it’s his first in the permanent position.
He said he was still coming to terms with the areas which differ from being an assistant coach.
“You think about it a lot more. As the coach, you can implement your ideas a lot more often because you’re in control,” he said.
“That side has been a bit of a challenge, but I’ve got some really good support [Andrew Russell and Brad Lloyd] here.
“It allows me to just stick to the footy side of things, which I really enjoy.”