The six backs now are solid and good. At least four of them would make any team in the country. Midfield is good, with a few possible options. Danny is the best hurler in the country on his day. If the other forwards hurl like that again, or the likes of Ryan, Schutte, Keaney add to it - there are real possibilities here.
We have possibly more top class players now then in 2013. But as Gilroy said about the footballers once, if they don’t bring intensity they are ordinary.
But the forwards seemed to get more ball that suited their individual needs, so it might just be a coming together of Kenny’s plan. As he said, this is the first day where the result was driven by the forwards not the backs.
I don’t understand the O Connell plan though. If he was going to be effectively a corner back, why play Gray at midfield (who is a corner back sometimes), why not play a midfielder like Malone or Sean Treacy? I think that move cost us one or two of the goals as O Connell just didn’t, understandably, know where to be. At the game I wasn’t actually sure who the other corner back was, but it was evident there was a leak in that corner.