I have always thought that team were the wrong shape physically. I suspect Tyrone are in that bracket also now and Kildare were heading there under McGeeny. So I just think it was a matter of approach, Dublin were doing the wrong things. Maybe every team was heading in the wrong direction, but Dublin just got there faster.
For all the talk of money etc in Dublin, for me, the biggest single thing that differentiates Dublin at the moment is their athleticism, and that is mainly a matter of how people are trained. I remember bringing it up on the old forum that every other county has an S&C trainer whereas Dublin have an Athletics trainer (It led to the mother and all of people going down the wrong road, but the main point is still valid).
But that article has two things in it that could come back in the future and has possibly started already somewhere on some mad forums - a) the thing about Kimmage saying he received a call saying Dublin were blood doping and b) Alan saying he was never tested. Both are normal enough statements within the context of that interview, but take them out of it, and they are not. For example, the thing about Kimmage receiving call about Dublin blood doping, becomes with a very slight change in emphasis - ‘Kimmage has it on good authority that Dublin are blood doping’.
Kimmage is somewhere between slightly and very mad, mainly in a good way - but he has to be handled with extreme care.
Last point - what is it with people queuing up to do stuff for the Independent? It is a hideous paper and always has been. It’s ethos, which is basically pro loyalist / pro Unionist, is miles away from the ethos of the GAA and no self respecting GAA person should ever think of taking their money.