Glenn: We don’t have each others’ backs
Brisbane skipper Alex Glenn has revealed the Brisbane playing group held a confronting honesty session last week to address their lack of team unity.
The Broncos have come under heavy scrutiny since the Roosters inflicted their worst-ever loss - a 59-0 thrashing at Suncorp Stadium last Thursday.
The defeat followed a 34-6 loss to Parramatta the week before and came eight months after they exited the 2019 finals with a 58-0 drubbing by the Eels.
Since last Thursday's hammering, former players, commentators and fans have lined up to have their say on why Brisbane are struggling, blaming a lack of leadership, a young roster, club recruitment and coach Anthony Seibold for the result.
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But Broncos captain Glenn broke his silence to The Courier-Mail to reveal the real issue within Brisbane's ranks - a lack of honesty among players.
Glenn did not play in the defeat due to a cut leg, but he has been hurting as much as his teammates and took part in the much-needed review at Red Hill on Friday.
He said for too long the Broncos players have been afraid of offending each other and that has led to a breakdown in communication over time.
"The difference between great teams and good teams is that when their backs are against the wall, the great teams come closer together, they look out for each other, they have each other's backs," Glenn said.
"We're the opposite. We tend to go into our shells and don't stick strong together.
"Friday was our review day. We got together and had the tough conversations that we needed.
"The thing we have struggled with the last couple of years is that not everyone is willing to have the tough conversations.
"People don't like controversy. No one likes asking more from their peers because you don't want to be offensive.
"If someone was taking a shortcut at training for example, we wouldn't pull it up. People don't want to step on each other's toes.
"But sometimes in order to build that relationship and build that trust, you have to have those conversations.
"If you don't, it's going to build up inside, divide the team and then you're on the field looking at each other wondering why you're not a team.
"When you do have those conversations, there's a mutual respect that grows in the squad."
Glenn, who was unable to sleep after Thursday's result, said he was done with all the talking around Brisbane's form and he wants action from his playing group against Manly this Thursday.
The injured backrower is expected to return in next week's clash against Newcastle along with Tevita Pangai Jr (suspension).
Glenn had already missed Rounds 1 and 2 with a hamstring injury, before a "freak accident" in Round 3 against Parramatta, when an opponent's boot sliced open his calf.
It has been a frustrating start for the veteran forward, but he is happy to cop the criticism of a Broncos "leadership void" on the chin.
"I am the captain, I have a huge impact on how we perform and how we conduct ourselves on and off the field," Glenn said.
"It has been so tough to have these setbacks. I have played 40 minutes of footy in four rounds.
"I want to be out there and lead the boys. I love to lead with my actions. There's not much I can do when I'm sitting on the sideline.
"In these tough periods is when I feel it the most. I can talk to the boys, I can try to fix the situation, but my best attribute is being out there with the boys and facing adversity."
Originally published as Glenn: We don't have each others' backs