I think we could put together six forwards who could make us challengers. Probably not winners, but challengers. If we had six forwards the likes of Sutcliffe, Schutte, McBride, McMorrow, maybe Dotsy, maybe Conroy and with Burke and O Sullivan coning in a year or so, we would be ok. But I take the point yourself and a few have made that we lack the real penetrative hurlers other counties have. I think the issue there is that the difference between what we have and the best other counties have is pure athleticism. They all have the same amount of hurling, but (some) other counties have guys who can just do it faster and with more power. Anyone we have with real superior athleticism ends up with the footballers (Lowndes, Costello, Kilkenny, Brady (who was very powerful) and more recently Schutte, who was the one forward we had with real power and speed).
In the long term we need to produce more hurlers of quality and natural selection alone will sort out the fittest, fasted, strongest. But they probably need to be only hurlers, as the footballers will always want guys like this.
But in the short term, it is very possible to make what we have work so we are at least a top six team. It just needs a bit of invention, probably a bit of converting backs to forwards to shore up our ball winning (except Rushe) and going back the strength and conditioning regime that was building guys up Before Cunningham (henceforth known as BC). There are two separate discussions here really, the first is how do we get back to where we were (top six league, AI quarter finals), that part I don’t think should be overly difficult. The second discussion is how do we win All Irelands and that is a lot harder thing to achieve. But I would be happy in the medium term if we just got back to where we were.