On the other contenders in terms of performances to date ;
Kerry are widely regarded as the greatest danger . I think fitzmaurice has failed to address the issues that have dogged them for a couple of years . They have looked ponderous and vulnerable at times this year and I just can’t see where the surge is going to come from . Our half back line is better than theirs with James fit and I have heard nothing to suggest he won’t be at the semi final stage .
Tyrone are looking organised and play with pace and intent . The huge caveat here is the goals they conceded to Cavan and the fact they have been operating at division 2 level . I’ve liked some of what I’ve seen of them but I think comparisons to the team of the noughties are fanciful and currently baseless .
Mayo have been limp in every match I’ve watched them this year . Again we seem to be very critical of the nature of dublins performances and have an expectation that the other contenders are just about to click .
On Dublin I think Small is an excellent player . I believe McCarthy will feature again this year and I think davey byrne has been solid. ROC is a huge loss no question . Bastick is a year older and MDMA has yet to fire . I still believe our half forward and half back lines are the best in the country and our full forward line is not too shabby . Are we beatable ? Absolutely ! With or without the lads who have departed . The media makes many broad unsubstantiated statements about this team and their invulnerability and people buy into it . Beatable in my opinion but not as beatable as the other main contenders .