AFL teams put a GREAT deal of practice/training to play there particular way, Aussie rules is so fast the players reactions need to be instinctive, hence the great amount of practice required, changing the style of play at a moments notice is almost impossible and is likely to create a complete disaster.Tell that to Ron Barassi - down by 40 points in a Carlton/Collingwood grand final, he completely changed the Carlton style of play and won.
Contrary to what you may believe, players aren't robots and can kick long if instructed.
Finally; for you to state that a change in the style of play could end in a complete disaster is absolute nonsense. What greater disaster is there for a team than losing a grand final? I repeat what I said earlier, it doesn't matter if you lose a grand final by one point or 20 goals. The result is the same. Apparently you are prepared to accept defeat with a quarter to go which is negative thinking at its best. Barassi succeeded because he refused to lie down and took the approach of "Try something"! Other coaches should take note - it's not new. It's called thinking outside the square. Adelaide, since quarter time, had been outscored by 14 goals to 4. To play the same style of football that had got them into this mess was obviously not going to get them out of it. I'd be asking a few questions of Don Pike if I was Adelaide's CEO.