Jim McGuinness: How to put wow factor back into Gaelic football
via The Irish Times
I know it is very easy call something clever just because it agrees with something you already think. But, hmm, this is clever!
I have made these points here before (said he trying to sound even more clever then Jim) but the rules have to evolve to suit the game and what is laid out in this article will put the game at the level people want, or what they think they want. Lateral hand passing isn’t the problem, it is the solution to facing 15 men behind the 45 line.
Do away with the 15 men behind the ball and the lateral passing is no longer a good tactic. Especially if the ball cant be played backwards over the halfway line. But if you eliminate the backwards pass without stopping the 15 men behind the ball, it will encourage, not discourage blanket defenses. So they have to be rule changes that work together to influence the flow of the game and they would definitely work. However getting something nuanced like that through Congress is probably impossible and we will probably end up with some fudge that does nothing.