The Anthony Seibold era is over. Sorry, let's start that again.
The Anthony Seibold saga is over.
Whichever way you look at it, it's all bad and all sad for the Broncos, one of the most prolific and dominant clubs in Australian sport. So many questions still left to be answered and a repair job to be done at Red Hill to get things back headed in the right direction.
Did Paul White and his team get it wrong? Well they signed Seibold to a 5-year deal worth in excess of a reported $3.2m. So yeah, you could say they got it wrong. Seibold has always been known as a coach that presents well, sadly for he and Broncos fans, he wasn't able to get the results.
In recent weeks, you've had senior players, Darius Boyd in particular who have publicly denounced Seibold and spoken of a great divide in the playing ranks, club legends that have expressed their frustration with the current side and now, just this week, Brisbane's largest private investor, Phil Murphy, labelling Anthony Seibold a 'cancer'.
Then there were the wild and hellacious rumours that swept across social media as Seibold bunkered down in quarantine with his family for two weeks. Regardless of what you think of his coaching, no man should be subjected to that sort of attack.
So who's laughing now? Well, it's Wayne Bennett.
But how do they fix it? Paul White is scheduled to stand down from his role as club CEO on October 31, but club legends have been calling for his resignation earlier. A rumoured 250+ applicants for the vacant role, including former Bronco and FoxSports identity, Ben Ikin, who's the apparent front runner to take over the reigns of the Broncos front office.
You'd be a brave man to bet against Kevin Walters not coming in as head coach. Whilst it is probably the easiest option, it might also be the best. Walters, can bring his great experience to the role, he can unite the playing group, appease his fellow club legends and restore some faith for Broncos members and supporters that have somewhat deserted the club.
Kevin Walters is the man, there's no doubt about it.
So much attention has been lost on the Seibold saga, that seemingly we've forgotten about the fact that Brisbane need to make signings. The loss of David Fifita has freed up a lot of cap space, but what other moves do the Broncos make?
In 3 years, Jack Bird has played just the 17 games for the Broncos, the poor bloke has been ravaged by injury. He will no doubt take up the additional 1 year option in his contract for season 2021.
But there is actually plenty to be optimistic about in Brisbane, there's a good young group of players, who, admittedly, will be battle scarred from season 2020. They need some experience, they need a leader. They need Cameron Smith. Will it happen? Probably not. If not Smith, perhaps there's others out there that can help this young group develop.
Kotoni Staggs, Patrick Carrigan, Ethan Bullemor, just to name a few. This young squad needs Kevvie and one or two really senior players. Remember when Luke Hodge signed with the Brisbane Lions? A master stroke from Chris Fagan, Hodgey would have no doubt imparted that much knowledge on that young group, they didn't win the flag with Hodge, but they laid the foundations and now sit in second spot on the AFL ladder and are pushing hard for a minor premiership.
Put simply, the Broncos need a Hodgey.
All the best to Anthony Seibold and his family, it is a vicious business and he's copped it more than anyone in recent history. He'll get a nice payday and I am sure return to some form of coaching in years to come.