They aren't unfit, same as they weren't unfit last year, they're just too damn slow and lazy.....
Bro, just out of interest, do you think the coaching is to blame for that, or solely the players? It's not like these guys aren't physically capable, but it really sounds like they've been developed with the notion that talent is enough for them - hard yards and desperation just doesn't seem to be there with all the players. On the occasions where we've pulled out a blinding performance on defence and the line's moved up fast and coherently, we seem to have followed it up with yet another display of defence so slow it's like they're playing in porridge.
It's almost as if success has always led a huge proportion of the players to believe they simply have to turn up to get the job done. And then they have the cheek to talk about the teams like the Storm and the Bulldogs with envy, like they have some sort of magic wand that it'd be just great to have. The only magic they have is the ability to do what the coach says, and to frigging well work their arses off to get it.
The more I think on it, the more I think we just have fucking stupid players. Every year, we have one or two players who really decide to put in the effort - there's usually a news article saying how they've given up the piss, taking their diet seriously, putting in extra hours at training and studying the specifics of their position. And those players invariably have massive seasons, while so many others have average years at best, shot years at worst. How the hell do the rest of the squad not get inspired by guys like Mannering, Taylor and Matulino?
How do we fix it? Leading by example doesn't seem to work, being dropped doesn't seem to work, getting embarrassed by incompetent performances doesn't seem to work, coaching doesn't seem to make too much difference, the desire to be winners doesn't seem to be enough... maybe for club development, we stop looking at these massive units who carve it up as youngsters, and look for the guys who are prepared to take the field against those man-mountain kids - cos it's them who have the ticker and the desire to play no matter what. Plenty of those big kids just seem play a sport like this cos they get to smash people without getting in trouble for it. Then when they're expected to actually work at the game they seem to switch off.
We're constantly told "It's a matter of faith", but screw that - faith is just what's required to believe something when all evidence points against it. Last year tested me harder than any other year I've been a Warriors fan (even 2009) and I swear, if I see more of the same shit from the team this year, I'm damn near giving up on them. They don't deserve my money or support while they can't be fucked earning it.