Lyon says Hawkins' form is part of Geelong's problems
TOM Hawkins is "badly out of touch” and symptomatic of Geelong's problems when it comes to its talls, says Melbourne legend Garry Lyon.
Hawkins started the season with a bang, averaging 3.25 goals across the opening eight rounds. But since then he's kicked 11 goals in eight matches.
And when you consider Hawkins booted four of those 11 majors against Brisbane in round 16, it has been slim pickings for the premiership star.
"Tommy is badly out of touch,” Lyon said on SEN Breakfast.
Lyon's critique wasn't isolated to Hawkins, however, with Rhys Stanley, Zac Smith and Mark Blicavs also coming under the microscope.
"Those are the four big blokes who are meant to give physical presence and they don't,” Lyon said.
Hawkins had plenty of opportunity against Adelaide on Friday night but converted only one of his four shots on goal.
And while Blicavs laid 10 tackles, Smith and Stanley were well beaten in the ruck by Sam Jacobs.
Lyon suggested it was one of Adelaide coach Don Pyke's "great coaching efforts”, especially given it was his inaugural win over Geelong.
However, he also conceded the 21-point win was shaped by Geelong's decision to let Rory Sloane run free.
"You give the players of the opposition what they don't want,” Lyon said.
"Rory Sloane is a fantastic player who has struggled with a tag. He was in 30 metres of space for most of the first quarter.”
Essendon legend Tim Watson echoed Lyon's sentiments, saying Sloane - who kicked three goals from 28 touches - would have relished the space afforded to him.
"You can go into the game with a plan and it's about your players dominating and everything going right for you,” Watson said.
"But when one player is dominating and needs to be shut out then you've got to have that plan.”