Monaghan have to prove they can do it against the better sides in Croke Park. Thats easier said than done for a team hoping to break into new territory.
They have more strings to their bow now but putting up winning scores may still hurt them. Of the better Ulster sides Donegal are still best in that department in my view but they are weaker in other areas than Monaghan.
I still get the sense Ulster is a dogfight. Nothing new there but there has been a perceptible gap between the Ulster elite and Dublin Kerry and Mayo in recent years. If Monaghan are ready to bridge that id expect to see a positive Ulster campaign.
But saying that I was reminded by another poster a while back that Tyrone did much of their best work through the qualifiers so the above could be easily garbage.