Reason i asked was the standard played at will generally dictate the pace of the game , lower standard more time to get a hand pass off or a kick pass - higher standard , intense pressure , less time to think work a space and take a shot.
There is nothing as beautiful as a kick pass - the likes of Dermo was kicking in all Ireland finals splitting defences - but there is nothing as frustrating as kicking it and hoping for the best and giving away cheap possession - and the way a blanket defense will line up - its normally the latter that will happen.
The standard a person played at - in my opinion - will give more appreciation to how the game is played now they have been on the field and experienced the hits. one of the best articles i read in recent years was micky whelan in saying a footballer has to be able to able to make the pass without thinking about it , it has to be second nature or else they will get picked off - and pre 2009/2010 we didn’t have those footballers.
The aim of the game is to win , we played the swash buckling football and were picked off in 2014 by Donegal, we’ve learned and had to evolve - i would even admire that Donegal system in 2014 (dont tell jimmy) because the skill and commitment required to tackle to break and then pick off the scores they did could only be admired - their problem against Kerry was they had no Plan B.
Now we have a Plan A B and C depending on the opposition and how they play up against us.
By demolishing Tyrone in 2017 - it forced others to reconsider and try and evolve their games away from lashing 13 lads behind in and around the ‘D’ and trying to break.