An agitated Chris Fagan believes Brisbane have already shown they aren't a one-man team, the coach angered by suggestions their AFL title bid has been derailed by the injury to key defender Harris Andrews.
The All-Australian fullback could be out until a potential preliminary final for the Lions after hurting his hamstring in their win over Collingwood on Friday.
One-gamer Jack Payne will replace Andrews against Gold Coast on Wednesday, Fagan adamant the Lions can cover the omission by committee.
"It's not a massive blow; we're a team, not the Harris Andrews football club," Fagan said.
"It's been interesting to listen to all the banter in the last few days ... I understand why they're saying that, but I don't accept it."
The Lions have also rested veteran halfback Grant Birchall in a further sign of Fagan's confidence in the young side, with Linc McCarthy back from suspension and Archie Smith in for Tom Fullarton (quad).
Fagan pointed to Richmond winning a flag after losing Alex Rance to injury, West Coast doing the same without Andrew Gaff and Nic Naitanui and Hawthorn winning two after Lance Franklin's departure as modern-day examples they could follow.
The Western Bulldogs won a premiership without injured captain Bob Murphy in 2016.
"The sporting world is scattered with examples where you might lose a great player but the others find a way to step up," Fagan said.
"Harris has missed I think six games (since Fagan has coached the Lions) and guess what, we've won five and lost the other by less than a goal."
The Lions (11-3) finish the regular season with games against the Suns, Sydney and Carlton, with three wins locking up a top-two spot and the unique chance to remain at their Gabba home ground throughout the finals series.
Fagan isn't looking that far ahead but, after three consecutive single-figure victories, says he's just happy to be winning and any pessimism around their form is a case of splitting hairs.
The coach said the Suns (5-8-1), who have made no changes from the side that thumped North Melbourne, presented a greater danger than their record indicated.
"They've won five and half a games, but their percentage is over 100 (101.8)," he said.
"For us, one of the first things we improved was our percentage, so I'd say they're in a similar spot to what we were a year or two ago.
"They've made every team win it (against them) this year."