Paul Roos never got to coach Lance Franklin at Sydney but he’s seen him play plenty of times and is well-placed to judge just how good ‘Buddy’ is.
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The former Swans coach was asked who he thought was the better forward, Franklin or Wayne Carey, and was unequivocal in his answer.
“He’s (Buddy) nowhere near Wayne Carey,” Roos told Triple M Adelaide.
“Buddy Franklin’s kicked four goals on Patrick Ambrose and hasn’t touched it for the other three quarters, and we’re now comparing him to the greats?
“Can you imagine if Carey, (Tony) Lockett and (Jason) Dunstall played in this era of media mayhem?”
It’s an eternal debate, trying to compare players from different eras, and the scrutiny and hype afforded the modern game definitely has hyperbole being thrown around on a weekly basis.
While it’s never possible to truly measure generations against each other, Roos thinks it’s clear that Buddy is well below the key forwards of the past.
“I asked Jason Dunstall ‘What was your worst haul of goals for a season, taking out your first two seasons?’
“75 goals he told me – in his worst year. His worst year!”
Franklin has passed 75 only three times in his 13-year career but will make it four if he can slot at least a couple this week against Geelong.
“We’re all Buddy fans,” Roos concluded, “but if I had to pick between Buddy or Wayne Carey, I’d pick Wayne Carey every week.”