There’s something in all of that but in fairness there were also the 84 & 85 finals, and the Qtr final Vs Armagh in 06, and again the final in 2014, all examples of close, tough battles against major opposition.
Personally I feel that Dublin 83 team won it too soon, and never fully recovered from all the fallout, both the good and bad stuff. Also they were a bit too ‘footballing’ (compared to the 70s team) and lost out a bit physically (which was still a major factor in those days, as further proven when Meath came through). It’s funny but I feel like the current Kerry era is quite like that era for Dublin, when you think about 2014, they won it out of the blue almost, with a few of the old greats left, and a rake of newer unknowns, and a great new dawn was predicted especially with the minor success but they lost the following year’s final, then the semi-final last year, and seem to have gone somewhat backwards since.
The old guard are all but gone, and you could compare there league win this year with Dublin’s in 87, a last hurrah for the heros of 1983/2014 respectively. Having said all that their run of minor success mirrors what they had in the early 1970s doesn’t it?
One more thing about the Dublin 80s team, they became successful and attempted to become a dominant team based more on pace and all-out attack (in comparison with the 70s team), which has some interesting parallels with the Gavin era.