Hardwick made the comments following the Tigers' 70-point loss to Hawthorn last Sunday which saw Martin notch up 39 possessions and 10 clearances.

Hardwick was asked if his best midfielder could win the Brownlow Medal. 

The coach promptly replied and was obviously upset by his team’s performance.  

"Not on today's game. I didn't think he was that good today," the mentor said.

Hardwick had since spoken to Martin and patched things up.

"We speak all the time, there are stages where I overstep the mark like I did on the weekend, and 'Dusty' understands that.

"It's a volatile game footy, it's an emotional game."

"You're talking to a coach who has just come off a 10-goal loss and you're asking about an individual award, which I've got no interest in.

"I'm more interested in wins and losses, and if you ask Dustin, you know what he is more interested in? Wins and losses.

"So it was more along the line of the questioning. I don't really care about the Brownlow and I know Dustin doesn't either."