I think this demonstrates either a lack of depth at a regional, or more likely, a lack of scouting by teams and sometimes a lack of strategy.
If you have three robots, if you want to succeed all the robots should be at least doing something during the match.
At the very least, get that team on the bridge to have the ten points in the bank if you need it [later on you might need them off the bridge, or part of a double balance if the score calls for it].
But if you want to pick a decent third robot, and there’s no great shooter left in the field, my suggestions are:
A small robot - look at 522, who just won NYC. Thanks to their size and manipulation, they could triple balance.
Some way of crossing the field - preferably bump, but a bridge manipulator too. Let them guard the lane/block the fender and disrupt the opposition.
Quick intake/manuevrability - Pick up/move those balls, and if you can, plop them over the bump. Especially effective against key shooters, as you can guard the lane and then steal any rebounds. I think if you want to watch an example of great possession defense in this game, QF 3-2 at WPI by 1687 is the best I’ve seen so far. They starved the opposition [the eventual winners] to take the upset in the second match and send it to the third.
Ideally you want a consistent autonomous, some way of shooting, and bridge balancing skills too, but if you’re a high seed especially, sometimes that’s hard to get.
EDIT: I also agree to what the person above said. It might not necessarily be a case of being a bad robot, but unclear team strategy, or a team strategy that’s not very pretty but more effective.