McGuinness and Harte have brainwashed me
I was very surprised to see Tyrone cough up three goals in the second half last Sunday against Down. It was the first time in years we saw their full-back line exposed in one-on-one situations with opposing forwards.
Tyrone introduced the defensive system many teams use nowadays. This season they have reverted to a more attacking style, which puts their full-back line under more pressure.
I was critical of defensive systems when they first arrived into Gaelic football. I enjoyed the traditional man-on-man football that I was used to playing myself. But I've obviously been brainwashed by Jim McGuinness, Mickey Harte and Malachy O'Rourke because now I accuse teams that don't play defensively of naivety.
Full-back lines need help because even the best man-markers will struggle if there is space and quality ball for forwards to run on to. Forwards kicking easy scores has no place in championship football.