That was my point, every team has yo-yo years apart from the top 3. I can think of bad years and bad beatings over the years for Cork, Clare, Waterford, Limerick etc. No one is saying we are a Kilkenny or a Tipp, but we have been on a par with the rest (at least) over the last 8 to 10 years.
Dillon. will definitely start under the new management - we don’t have a clue what the final team will be as it is still in the early stages of formation, but I can’t think of six better forwards then Dillon. Rushe is still very solid as a CHB, I can’t think of a bad game he has had. There are games where he is not the most influential player on the field, but he is always good.
As for the rest - well it is a matter of opinion as we haven’t seen the 2018 version yet, but I would have little fear for Sutcliffe, O Donnell and very possibly Kelly. But that is up for debate, but it is a debate without a conclusion until May or so.