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JULY 8 2020 | Mike Colman

JULY 8 2020 | Mike Colman

8/07/2020

I reckon Anthony Seibold was right in not making mass changes to the Broncos team to face the Bulldogs at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.

With the club going through one of the worst slumps in its history there has been no shortage of ‘experts’ calling on Seibold to reach for the axe. That he has ignored the white noise and stuck solid with his underperforming troops for this massive crunch game says a lot about the man.

There is no denying that Anthony Seibold’s tenure as Brisbane coach has been somewhat less than a roaring success so far, but it is also true that wholesale sackings are not the answer. If the Broncos are going to turn things around – and rest assured that eventually they will – the thing they need right now is to know that their coach hasn’t given up on them. By showing faith in their ability and keeping the nucleus of the side intact, he is saying, ‘we are all in this together, and we’ll get through it together’.

There is also the fact that the cupboard is pretty bare when it comes to reinforcements. Injuries have robbed the side of some of its most talented players, and those reserves that are available don’t have the necessary experience. As Seibold said after the loss against the Titans, is it really in the best long-term interests of a young player like Tom Dearden to be thrown into the deep end at such an early stage in his career?

The Broncos aren’t the first club to have gone from the penthouse to the basement – and back up again – and they won’t be the last.

I reckon they’ll beat the Bulldogs on Saturday in what will be the first step in a steady climb back to the top over the next few years.

What do YOU reckon?