Ex-Monaghan manager Malachy O'Rourke thinks that Galway may have "fallen between two stools" in their attempts to be more attacking in 2019.
After reaching the All-Ireland semi-final in 2018, Galway appear to have regressed in 2019, losing their Connacht crown to Roscommon and ultimately missing out on the Super 8s with defeat to Mayo in the final round of the qualifiers.
Kevin Walsh has won two provincial crowns since becoming manager in late 2014, turning the tide on a previously dominant Mayo in Connacht, but he has come under sustained attack from purists both from within and from outside the county over the team's perceived defensive approach.
However, contrary to popular belief, O'Rourke says Galway did try a more attacking gameplan this season but weren't able to get the balance right between the defensive and attacking strands of the game. He points to James Carr's solo goal as an example of a score that Galway probably wouldn't have conceded last season.
"This year, I think Galway didn't didn't get the balance right," O'Rourke said on The Sunday Game.
"I think Kevin was making a conscious attempt to be more attacking and maybe then he suffered at the back.
Malachy O'Rourke says that Kevin Walsh made a conscious attempt to be more attacking but, pointing to James Carr's goal, he says they perhaps 'fell between two stools' pic.twitter.com/ONZt2Dp5QJ— The Sunday Game (@TheSundayGame) July 7, 2019
"Even the goal that James Carr got, you saw that a lot of the Galway players were chasing back. In other years, with the defensive setup, they would have been facing up and he (Carr) probably wouldn't have got that goal
"No matter what system you're playing, you have to commit to it. And you have to make sure that this is what suits you and you go with it.
"Whereas I think that Galway maybe fell between two stools this year."