Walters: Talk of ‘rebuilding Broncos’ just gives club excuses
Queensland coach Kevin Walters says there is "clearly something not right" at his former club Brisbane after their NRL finals capitulation.
Brisbane's season finished with their worst-ever loss, thrashed 58-0 by Parramatta in the qualifying final last week, as coach Anthony Seibold's first season ended with a whimper.
It was then revealed players were out late playing poker machines the night before the Eels game, which Broncos legend Walters described as disappointing.
"I'm not sure sitting in front of a poker machine is in any way going to help you the next day," Walters told NRL Tonight.
"It was disappointing to hear that was happening the night before a game and the biggest game of the year.
"Everyone prepares differently, you'd have to be inside the walls of the Broncos to know how they prepare for games and whether this is something they do regularly when they visit Sydney."
Walters unsuccessfully interviewed for the Brisbane job won by Seibold and said he was looking forward to seeing the results of the end-of-season review.
"It has been a disappointing season for the Broncos, they won 11 from 25 games which is probably not expected of a club that at the start of the year a lot of the experts had them in the top four," Walters said.
"I'm sure the Broncos today are really scratching their head saying how did this all happen.
"Talent can't be one of the reasons because they've got eight State of Origin players and three guys that have played international football.
"So there's clearly something not right at the Broncos but what that is I don't know because I'm not in the inner sanctum."
Walters won five premierships at the Broncos and said rebuilding should not be an excuse tabled by any NRL club.
"Rebuilding - I'm not a fan of that language, it gives players an opportunity to not put in the performance they can every week," Walters said.
"It gives everyone an excuse and that's not what the Broncos are about. They're here to win and that's what the focus should be about, not rebuilding or any of these excuses that are laid on the table."
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