McLauchlan says more can be done by the league’s coaches to improve the sport’s excitement value.
AFL chief Gillon McLachlan has admitted that some games this year have been the feature of unattractive football and says that coaches can help solve the issue.
McLachlan used last Friday’s low-scoring match between Richmond and Sydney as a case-in-point.
“There is general consensus in the industry that last Friday night wasn’t potentially the best game,” he told Fox Footy’s On The Couch.
“Yes there’s bad games. But there’s a lot of good games too.
“We accept there are parts of it that are unattractive.”
McLauchlan played down suggestions that rugby-style rolling mauls were damaging the sport’s entertainment factor.
“There’s isolated examples of that (rolling mauls) in games every now and then,” McLachlan said.
“We can pick them out and there’s often the same teams playing them. But it evolves.
“There’s various forms. It was the flood in 2005-06.”
McLachlan says he is keen to develop a rapport with the coaches, as he believes they have the capacity to greatly influence the game.
“It’s not going to be … that I somehow think the coaches can solve this,” McLachlan said.
“But I want to have a really strong relationship with the coaches.
“They are incredibly influential in our game. Not just on the game style but generally”.