There is huge time and effort put into Development squads and many many players get a huge amount of time and chance to stand out in various different positions and scenarios. You also have to remember that quite a few players are getting some very poor coaching from their clubs, so the base is sometimes poor. Squads don't meet twice a week, so there is a real limit to what you can achieve. The coaching is excellent, but like everything else in life, lads need to be doing loads more outside of those sessions, and most clubs don't back that up.
At the end of the day lads, we just don't play enough competitive hurling at this time of the year. Senior or Minor. Colleges and development squads are beating all around them in March / April. The lack of fixtures in Dublin at this time of the year is a serious problem, and without fixing that, we will stay as we are.