looking washed out, or over the hill is one thing - the reasons for it quite another. we really do not know where Dublin are in terms of their development. They could very well be in an early stage but their general level of fitness and quality was enough to get to almost win a league final.
Gavin doesnt have the luxury that Fitzmaurice has of bringing in a raft of new players and leaving them there to sink or swim either, this isnt 1996 where most of a winning team were past it in retrospect, all the lads you name have expectations of being regulars on the p[anel this year, and Gavin I think has started them awfully late to accomodate that. In those circumstances there was no way we would be running new lads as much as kerry. Maybe next year.
On Brogan for example - i read here that he had played two club league games this year beofre comign back to the county panel? How many games did he have post All Ireland in the club championship last year? I dont think it was many. Yet, with less than a handful of games he was still there on sunday. You can be pessimist and say he was a liability or, perhaps, an optimist and say that even with a player with so few games we were berely beaten?