Hasler is big on analytics. You guys didnt pick this up, but a few weeks ago when we played the Cowboys on a Thursday night and we did the short line drop outs, i think it was Fittler who said he asked Des about it and Des gave stats on the percentage chance of letting in points after a short drop out v a long drop out.
Hasler lets the MATH dictate HOW his team will play.
No doubt the stats strongly suggest that if you hold the ball for X% completions the probability or chance of winning the game goes up highly.
Analytics is now a major part of sports coaching. It has gripped the NBA for example where the corner 3 is considered a better shot than a 2 pointer a few feet in from the 3 point line. Now all teams are doing it because the math makes sense, ie, you cant beat the math.
Teams for example open the lane as they prefer to guard the corner 3 rather than the basket. This has gripped the NBA.
This is Des' mantra, Rugby league analytics suggest you hold the ball and you win. That is why we dont offload because it increases the risk of dropping the ball.
Another analytic is kicking in the opposition 20. The Math dictates that the percentage % of conceding points during a 7 tackle set is much higher that is why we take tackles on the last as opposed to kicking it in on the last with a risk of the ball going dead.
This is what Hasler's coaching is, the math dictates what they do on the paddock and he wont change.