Ever since the surprising walloping the Crows received to the hands of Richmond in the 2017 Grand Final, it has been a very tough road for Adelaide which has no signs of exits.
A twelfth finish in 2018, eleventh in 2019 and the wooden spoon last season, it has been a dramatic and escalated decline as they triumphed as minor premiers in 2017 to claim the McClelland Trophy. So far in this action-packed 2021 season, proceedings commenced optimistically for the Crows as they were three wins to one loss after the first four rounds. Perhaps it was an indication that the extreme woe of the last few season is maybe past forgettable history for this proud club, however after four consecutive defeats, it suggests that their woes and struggles are still staring them in the eyes.
Where did it go wrong for the Crows? Why did it go awfully wrong? As a passionate and die-hard Crow’s supporter this is not an easy piece to write. Adelaide faced a lot of trauma, the murder of coach Phil Walsh and the death of assistant coach Dean Bailey was devasting for the club, their players and their faithful. However, they showed resilience by recording an extremely successful 2017 season, even though it came to an unconventional conclusion. But that is not where it went wrong.
Their 2018 Pre-Season camp conducted by Collective Minds in Northern Queensland is a strong attributer to their extreme dip in form and self-esteem. It was a camp designed to improve the mental strength and capabilities of the players but did the opposite as many were severally traumatised. Head of Football for Adelaide, Brett Burton was put on the chopping block in relation to this.