It says something about the extent to which the Dublin footballers have loomed over the football landscape that when talk about revamped championship formats begins, it quickly evolves into how any changes may or may not suit the history-making Dubs. But then market leaders have a way of dominating the landscape in such ways.
The point has been well-made this week. Whenever the action does resume, circumstances will mean that Dessie Farrell will be the least-prepared manager of a team defending an All-Ireland title in the history of the game.
And even before the Covid-19 pandemic, Farrell was behind the curve. Relatively speaking, he was appointed late in the day after Jim Gavin's resignation. And he was stepping into what is at once the most appealing and the most difficult job in football where he had the best set of players in the country to work with but also one where only winning an All-Ireland for a sixth successive time could be deemed a success.
And even then, with a team holiday and a host of front-line players late coming back, Farrell only gathered the bones of his squad together a handful of times before the league opener against Kerry.
In their five league games, Dublin's form has swung back and forth. Their appetite for the fight remains as strong as ever, as witnessed by their comebacks against Donegal, Monaghan and Kerry, but Farrell left no one in any doubt about what he wanted from his spring.
"The league for us is about looking at new players," he said after the Donegal game.
Even in his limited window, Farrell has certainly done that. The net has been cast far and wide.
There has been the expected promotion of some of the players he's worked with as part of his successful underage sides but there have also been less obvious decisions.
Kilmacud Crokes' Craig Dias won an All-Ireland with Dublin in 2011 under Pat Gilroy but has been out of the reckoning for the best part of a decade. Still, Farrell saw enough in him and handed him a start against Donegal.
In all, the 1995 All-Ireland winner has handed playing minutes to 30 players over the course of his five games with Jack McCaffrey making his seasonal reappearance in the defeat to Tyrone and young defender Eoin O'Brien also making his bow in that game.
When you consider that he was scheduled to have at least two more games and still had to welcome back regulars such as Michael Darragh Macauley, Jonny Cooper, Cian O'Sullivan, Con O'Callaghan and Stephen Cluxton, then it wasn't hard to imagine Farrell fielding close to 40 players in his league campaign before settling on his championship panel and strongest side.
But that opportunity is gone now. No one expects the league to be finished and whatever form the championship takes it's expected to be run off on a tighter schedule.
In previous seasons, Dublin were so far ahead of their Leinster rivals that they could effectively use the provincial championship to gear up for the more serious stuff down the line.
The Dublin who stretched their legs in the province for the first time every year were a much different proposition to the side that rolled into the Super 8s, or even the All-Ireland semi-final stage.
A new format and a more difficult assignment early in the season could mean they will need to be further ahead of where they are accustomed to being early in the season.
However, Dublin have proven time and again that they can win games any way they need to. They can be win shoot-outs and they can shut up shop.
They can be as cynical as anyone to close out games. They can be brought to the wire and find a way back.
They can play keep-ball better than anyone to kill the clock and, as witnessed in last year's drawn final, they can even find a way to survive with 14 men.
The completion of the five-in-a-row and the departure of Gavin will likely hasten a changing of the guard but there was always a gradual change within the squad anyway.
Over the course of the five-in-a-row run, totems like Paul Flynn and Bernard Brogan were no longer central to the cause but the baton was picked up by Brian Fenton, McCaffrey and others.
It's also worth remembering that when it came to it, Dublin were handsome six-point winners of the All-Ireland final last year and were by some distance the best team in the country the year before.
And of the 21 players they used in last year's decider, all of them are back for another shot in 2020.
Dublin have always been able to adapt and overcome, to evolve on the hoof.
To suggest something as simple as a change in format of the championship might throw them ignores the evidence of the last five seasons.
They can play it every way and there's no reason to believe 2020 will be any different.