“North have flown under the radar the first two rounds, well they can’t fly under the radar anymore,” Carey told Channel Seven’s Talking Footy.
“They were atrocious yesterday and the problem with the Kangaroos is if you can’t hit a target from 30 metres away when that player is 30 metres clear and you kick it straight over his head … and I’m not talking under pressure.
“It was almost at times Hot Potato, Hot Potato, were they watching The Wiggles during the week? I mean, a player would get it, panic and give it to a player under more pressure than what they were under.
“The one thing Brad [Scott] can’t do is he can’t go out there and execute skills for them and those skills are deplorable at the moment with the Kangaroos.”
Carey also lamented how diminished North Melbourne had become in an area that historically was one of their biggest strengths.
“Centre clearances – it’s been a big topic for them. They lost that against Brisbane so they spoke about the new [six-six-six] rules,” Carey said.
“That was one of their great strengths in and around the footy. [Ben] Cunnington is an absolute gun in and around that area, they had to put [Jack] Ziebell in there on the weekend, [Shaun] Higgins is an absolute star, [Todd] Goldstein is an All-Australian ruckman, they’ve got no excuses the Kangaroos, they’ve recruited really well [but] they are as poor as any team.”
Carey was also scathing of the man who is currently patrolling the part of the ground that he used to dominate in North Melbourne’s glory days in the 90s, asserting that Ben Brown needed to reinvent himself or get left by the AFL wayside.
“Ben Brown has got to look at himself in the mirror and ask himself whether he wants to be a star of this competition or one-dimensional,” Carey said.
“What I mean by one-dimensional is if he doesn’t mark it, he’s deemed useless. He has to get a couple of other tricks up his sleeve.
“He’s got to stay on his feet and he’s got to stay in the contest and get ground balls and make a path for other players.
“Defenders now know that if they get the ball to the ground on Ben Brown, see you later. He’s not going to put any pressure on, he’s another one that obviously didn’t lay any tackles.
“Second and third efforts – that’s what he needs.”
The Kangaroos face Adelaide at Marvel Stadium on Saturday night in a crunch clash for both sides given the Crows have only won one game themselves so far in 2019.
Ronny Lerner is a Sports reporter for The Age.