His ability to coach. The inheritance of a championship team, and the decay from then on. The factor of a rebuild, a cleanout. Changing of a culture and recreating it with his own brand.
There has been many takes on the transition, and the coaches ability.
Below is the ranking data for Collingwood from the season that Buckley signed as an assistant coach with the promise of transition to senior coach, until now.
The Black and green lines represent the ranking data - black for the Malthouse era, and green for the Buckley years. The numbers plotted are ratings points over an average rating.
The blue and red thin lines are the ladder positions after each round. The higher the line, the higher up the ladder.
Both arrays of data show a decline since 2012. Collingwood has yet to become a sub-average rated team by the FMI measures, which is a limited positive.
Also, when compared to the Essendon journey since Sheedy, the decline has not been dramatic enough to have been sub-par as the Dons were three times before sanctions were levied. But also, after each dive there was a rally and development. The above chart has much less rallying, and more flatlining.
And judging by the already noted comments about 'Collingwood's 2011 premiership hangover', not only cant you see it in their on field results as defeated Grand finalists, you cant see it performance rankings like these, as they improved by about 100 points over the year.
Most clubs would love a year like that.
The Wash UpAnother amazing week of not tipping well at all, and everyone marvelling at how even the season is.
That's all well and good, but its hard to tip and track.
|HOME AWAY||VENUE||PREDICTION||RESULT||RANKING PT CHANGES|
|W Bulldogs/FFC||v||West Coast||Dock||W Bu||by||12||pts||60||West||by||7||pts||☒||W Bu||-21||West||7|
|Gold Coast||v||North Melbourne||Carr||Nort||by||5||pts||46||Gold||by||19||pts||☒||Gold||11||Nort||-14|
|Fremantle||v||St Kilda||Subi||St K||by||2||pts||48||St K||by||9||pts||☑||Frem||-4||St K||5|
Three this week (if you take the draw as a 'correct' result, as per some tipping comps).
And as a guide to how odd the round was for the FMI system - the margin difference across all games was under the required standard.
An odd week on the tip.
Table wise, there are a few changes of note.
Sydney move up over Geelong, as to Richmond over Geelong. More importantly, Fremantle drop to second last. Only just though.
The Week Ahead
Another set of interesting games and there are three different close games tipped. But this season, pretty much every game is tough to get a bead on.
|West Coast||v||Port Adelaide||Subi||West||by||6||pts||55|
Tip as always, with care.