Make the pitch bigger.
Like in football, perhaps even more so, the idea of playing negative hurling will generally be found out in a few years and less teams will do it/for less often. Only teams with really top class players can afford to do it for any reasonable gain. Pointless Cork doing it today, damage limitation? Sad day for Cork hurling.
At least when Dub footballers were in the doldrums the likes of Pillar had us playing very attractive football and for the most part it served us well. No matter what system we played we weren't beating the Tyrones, Kerrys or Mayos til we had better players and were able to vary the game/mix it up. 2011 semi-finals will be a once in a generation thing, or less.
What would I prefer, the Pillar years where we eventually got hammered by tactically more ruthless teams (who also happened to have better teams), or if under Pillar we turned to sweepers, blanket etc, and still never looked like winning against the best whilst producing poor spectacle games? The former please, playing that way we at least had some great days now and then in the All-I and won Leinster Championships in style.
BTW commiserations to Turenne, a top class poster here. Chin up, I can't see Cork staying so down for long