BRISBANE Lions development manager Gary O'Donnell says the team's shock first-round loss to the Western Bulldogs is probbaly to blame for the team's 3-7 start to the season.
Speaking via a Lions fancast, O'Donnell said the team may have gone into the opening game over-confident after beating Collingwood in the NAB Cup final two weeks earlier.
"Footy bites you pretty quickly if you don't respect the opposition, and maybe as a group we went into round one thinking we'd been going pretty well so should be right this week," he said.
"You get what you deserve in this game, and history says we had a really bad loss. It took a while for the players to recover from that I reckon.
"I think if we had won in round one, we might have snatched round two against Adelaide and then, all of a sudden, your season is a whole lot different."
O'Donnell said he was confident the team could improve its results after this weekend's bye, particularly if it fixed the problem of starting games slowly.
"We have to rectify that and if we do, I can see us having a better second half of the year," he said.