Broncos legend whacks Seibold, calls for sweeping changes
Rugby league legend Glenn Lazarus has labelled Anthony Seibold's defence of the young Broncos team as 'deluded', calling for the Brisbane coach to be 'realistic and make changes'.
The five-time premiership hero at Canberra, Brisbane and Melbourne, Lazarus' words carry weight as the Broncos slump to their worst season start since 1999.
After the Broncos were beaten 26-22 by the Raiders on Sunday, Seibold urged fans to be patient with his young and emerging team.
"When you're going through tough times that's when you see who is really a rusted on supporter and who is dedicated to the cause, this is an easy time for people to have a free shot at the Broncos," Seibold said.
However, Lazarus has told Macquarie Sports Radio he thinks Seibold is 'deluded' and underestimated the amount of scrutiny he would cop as coach of the Broncos.
"He was in an NRL job for 12 months, now he's signed a five-year contract with probably the most scrutinised [teams] when it comes to the fans and Brisbane and south east Queensland," Lazarus said.
"They're scrutinised to the max.
"I think he's deluded in some ways, some of the comments he's saying."
While conceding the Broncos aren't playing 'poorly', he said Seibold needs to bite the bullet and make changes to the team.
"They're not playing poorly when there's effort there, but they're not winning, they're just not winning games and it's becoming consistent," Lazarus continued.
"Something needs to change, they cannot continue down this path of playing the same team week in, week out and getting the same result.
"Its not the result South East Queensland and all the Broncos fans want, so [Seibold] has to do something.
"[On Sunday] I felt the halves were better than they were the week before, but they're not organisers, they need this leadership and they don't have it.
"There's very little leadership across the board aside from Darius Boyd, who I thought played OK but he's not playing out of his skin.
"Take a hit to the pride and be realistic and make some changes there. I'm not the only one calling for it."