Lyon has been in the headlines recently given he’s been heavily tipped to take the reigns of the now-vacant senior coaching position at Carlton.
Pavlich himself has been greatly involved in the infamous Carlton external review, and feels that with the Blues current list, now is the perfect time to unleash Lyon’s ultra disciplined style on their current playing group.
“The playing group is relatively well established, they’ve been there for a while, all their draft picks have been high and all the trades that have come in,” the famed Docker told SEN.
“It’s a pretty mature group if you look at that list. If you’re talking about where that team is at in their life cycle or evolution, they’ve got a good foundation there.
“My personal view about Ross, he was the best coach I had. No one is perfect and he’s got things he needed to work on and needs to work on to get the best out himself and his group and he’s fully aware of that.”
His signature style consisted of persistent suffocating pressure that would crush the opposition whenever they dared venture forwards. This 'Lyon methodology was best captured between his 2012-15 run with Fremantle, where the Dockers finished in the top two for points conceded in each of these seasons.
Yet when prompted whether Lyon’s style could still be successful in today’s AFL, Pavlich mentioned that Lyon must adapt his holistically defensive scheming in order to fit into the modern mould that the game has taken.
“I retired five years ago so the game plan that I played under with Ross wouldn’t stack up because the game has changed and shifted significantly,” Pavlich said.
“There was no 6-6-6, we would send forwards up around the back of stoppages or the back of the square and play tricks. You can’t do that anymore. That’s one obvious thing that would change.
“There’s lots of other things in regard to ball movement and structures and defensive play … I think systematically teams have shifted from their defensive mechanisms. There would have to be a shift around that.
“In my view Ross’ great strengths are about the team dynamic piece, if he can get that right and that harmony and that chemistry and that challenge and that beautiful mixture of support and challenge.
“If you can get that right in an AFL environment then your team can be up and humming.”
Something that has frequently revealed itself as a structural non-existence too often this past season for the Blues is their defensive structure and capabilities.
Conversely, Carlton have displayed their ability to unload on their opposition with violent flurries of scoring, which were facilitated by daring - albeit at times poorly executed - ball movement.