Sydney may be playing into opposition hands by relying too much on Lance Franklin, admits defender Nick Smith.
The Swans suffered an 89-point thrashing at the hands of Hawthorn last weekend in a re-match of last year's Grand Final.
disappointment of failing to compete with the Hawks in the decider
spurred the club on to look for a big improvement this year.
They were above
Alastair Clarkson's side until last round, and had won eight of their
previous nine games, but their display against the reigning premiers did
little to convince sceptics that they are about to win the flag.
Sydney are only
the seventh-best scoring side in the competition this season, despite
the presence of three-time Coleman Medallist Franklin.
Franklin has now kicked more goals than any other active player, with 701, including 42 this year.
the club have only scored 100 points of more three times so far, and
Smith admits the Swans have at times been too predictable in relying on
their superstar forward.
Sydney are 9/2 to win the Grand Final.
"I think it's generally been okay during the year, probably a few games where we've gone to 'Bud' too much," he said.
something we've got to keep working on, that we don't want to just use
him. It's important if we want to score goals it's got to be many
averaging 16 fewer points this year than in 2012, when they won the
premiership, despite having recruited both Franklin Kurt Tippett since
Smith says it's
important for both midfielders and forwards to create more scoring
opportunities and vary their entries into their forward 50 more.
"If we do go to
'Buddy' all the time it becomes predictable and easier for sides to
defend," he added. "It's really important that we do have different
avenues to goal."
Sydney are 13/5 to win their next game against West Coast, who are 3/10.