Carlton have been an unmitigated disaster this season.
With a questionable list strategy involving getting rid of experienced players only to need a priority pick, and notching just two wins for the season, there is pressure on the Blues board and the AFL might have to intervene.
This week on The Age Real Footy Podcast, Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall, Caroline Wilson and Jimmy Bartel take a look at the cellar-dwellers and what needs to happen for them before season 2019 gets under way, including the lamentable Saints, the top-pick-heavy Suns and the improving Lions.
It's a rare season when there are four teams who finish on 12 wins - and all four fail to make the finals. It's set to be a tumultuous offseason for two of those teams in particular, Adelaide and Port Adelaide. The Power's recruiting strategy will be looked at and there are divisions among the playing group at the Crows. Questions will be asked.
Meanwhile, the Demons have momentum, the Hawks have experience, and other top eight teams are playing well. But Richmond's best across the field is still better than any of the rest. We take a look at the finalists as they head into the bye week and who will benefit most from the week off.
Also this week: the fixturing of the first week of finals is raising a few eyebrows. We unpack the AFL's decisions and ask whether the AFL has put TV ahead of its supporters. We take a look at All-Australian selection, get Jimmy Bartel's Brownlow tips, hear whispers about a Coleman Medal bonus for a particular player and much, much more.
Our trade period special episode is coming in the week after the grand final. Get in early and send us your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org