It’s his unpredictability that is the most useful aspect of his game. Trying to guess what a player is going to do, when they themselves have no idea, is a tall order for a defender.
I’m not sure he’s a decoy, as much as a nuclear option. You can’t leave him in or around the small square with just one defender, as more likely than not, he can win a 50/50, and he has the power to get a shot off (even if it does narrowly miss the corner flag from time to time). The solution is to double up on him, now you’ve freed some space up around the D. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t - a nice option to present the opposition.
We have some good players, and maybe O’Gara is not at the head of the list, but by Christ, they all know how to play together. Some of the interchanges in play in the last 10 minutes was like trying to watch a skilled magician hide a ball under 3 cups - it was moving so quickly, you weren’t quite sure who had it for a second.
Most Counties take their best 15, and try to play them as a team. We have a team that 35 odd players can play in seamlessly. I think we will look back at this one day, and realise that this really was the best Dublin team ever. A couple of more titles, and even the KOTF lads will start to worry about their mantle as followers of the greatest team ever.