Carlton coach David Teague is still learning on the job.
Teague delivered a rare spray during the Blues’ final round loss to Brisbane last season after his side conceded another 30-point swing in Kade Simpson’s final match for the club.
It drew a mixed response from some of Carlton’s leaders as Teague looks to master the art of man management moving forward.
“It was the last game of the year (against Brisbane),” Teague told SEN’s Bob and Andy.
“I have spoken to some of the leaders – some of them loved it, some of them felt it didn’t get the best out of them.
“That’s the challenge of a senior coach. I know some of our supporters loved it, but my role is finding what’s going to work best for our playing group, and we’re still learning that.
“There will be periods where the energy of our coaching group will go up and will go down, and it’s to get the best out of the playing group, and we’ll do whatever we can.
“We know that AFL footy is hard, and this year particularly. We were in every game this year, they tried really hard, but it’s probably when efforts not there, it gives you more of a licence to fire up a little bit more.”
Teague will hope to guide Carlton to a first finals appearance since 2013 after finishing in 11th with seven wins in 2020.
The 39-year-old is approaching his second full season as coach of the Blues.