I don’t agree (well actually, I do agree that pace and movement is important), but we were a million miles off where we needed to be in terms of physicality for the last few years. Crazily so, the likes of Tipp and Galway could just push us around at will. And this was inevitable, if you let the guys go who have spent 4 or 5 years doing intensive conditioning and replace them with guys who have done very little, it is going to be a disaster. I have a 10 year old nephew who is a little flyer and really mobile, but throw a ball in between the two of us and he is not going to win it (well maybe he will! but you get my point ).
Gilroy can’t get guys bulked up in six months. It took Daly probably 3 years to get Dublin to the stage where they could compete with Kilkenny physically, so in the meantime the gap needs to be bridged. Having the likes of Boland and Keaney around will help to bridge the gap while the younger guys develop. This happens naturally on most teams where older guys leave one by one as younger guys come in one by one, but because of the insanity of the Cunningham era it has to be done in a more deliberate fashion now.
After seeing the games last year, I could see no other way to bring the team back to a competitive level this year. Very possibly the older guys wont be on the team next year or the year after (or even this year), but guys who want to make the team ahead of them will have to show in games that they can surpass them at winning ball - once they do that and can bring their younger pace, we will be in a very good place.