Red herring stuff though to some extent. Tyrone don’t seem to have the strength of team/squad, especially forwards, to compete in any sort of championship game with Dublin. That said I think they could have been a good bit closer last year but they were very flat-footed. Alot of people went on and on about them keeping to their plan and needing more variety to their game/tactics but in fact there was no option, they hadn’t a hope of catching Dublin by opening up because of the way Dublin defend and control possession. What would have happened was Tyrone conceding goals and losing by more.
We can argue all day and night about whether it’s better to die in a blaze of attacking or keep some respectability on the score-board. We used to think it was better not to take a 20 point tanking than a 10 point beating but Dublin showed in 2010 that you can come back from bad tankings two years in a row to raise morale and belief again.
But nothing MH could do with tactics would really matter til he has/had more options to play with, more in the arsenal. And playing the way his teams do, if the oppo are better but have an off day then they have a chance.
00s Tyrone team had some of the greatest players to ever play the game. They had a leader and all-round player in SC that is irreplaceable (he was over the hill last year). They had another great leader and versatile player in Dooher. They had SON, and Brian McGuigan when at his best. They had a ferocious back lines. On top of that they had tactics and a coach at his peak that other teams had not got to grips with til Dublin in 2010, by when the cracks had already appeared in the unit. They have little to compare to any of that right now.