Ha! Good bit of early mind-games by Walsh over Mayo there. Have to say, I think Rochford is going to be very good for Mayo, I think McStay would have only resulted in their hype increasing. So far this has been the first year since 2012 that there isn't much hype about them. They've alot of work to do but I think if they survive til late august they could start really getting their act together.
I remember well the 90s Dublin team, they just kept coming back year after year, there wasn't one "down" year from 1989 til 95, even allowing for the fact there was no back door then. There were changes between 89 and 95, the last of the team of 83 team were gone or as good as gone, and of course Dessie Farrell had come along, and then Jayo & Brian Stynes came in.
Some other key factors I remember about the 95 win were Paul Clarke had his best ever year, Charlie too possibly, and Mick Galvin as well. Along the way to 95 they got better once they had overcome one of the big mental scars from previously, that was beating Meath in a tough, tight game (twice). Mayo could do with a win like that at some stage, and the team they really need to do it against is Kerry. I think if somehow they ended up playing Kerry in a Qtr or semi-final (I know it would mean at least one of them loses their province, which is unlikely) they could take that big step.