Negative managers will always try to find ways to stifle positive teams so the GAA should be commended for trialling new rules, according to Tomás Ó Sé.
For the 2019 Allianz League handpasses will be limited to three in a row, kickouts must go beyond the 45 where only two players from each team can contest them, an offensive mark will come into play, while a new sin bin rule will also be in force.
"Initially when you see it you might say they are changing too many things," Kerry legend Ó Sé told RTÉ 2fm’s Game On.
"I would argue the point that there is a need for change in attitude to the way we play the game.
"Will the rules help? I think you’ll always have guys who will go out and try to counteract and look at a negative way of counteracting a new rule brought in to change [the game].
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"The changes seem to be geared towards trying to get players to hold their position and have more one-on-one battles.
"All these rules have been brought in because of the defensive style of play that teams have brought forward: Tyrone, Donegal, Galway have set it up this way, teams will accuse Dublin of setting up this way at certain times, I don’t agree with that but they do.
"I think it will be flushed out over the course of three, four or five years. Teams will accept that setting up defensively is not the way to go.
"Coaches and certain managers will still try to [work] around these rules, no matter what rules are in place.
"I commend them for actually coming up with the suggestions; it’s going to be difficult. In fairness they are trying to find ways of making it attractive.
"I don’t think it gets a fair trial in the pre-season competitions. I don’t think they are seen properly whereas in the league it will give it a good test.
"Is it fair on teams to be heading into championship with a completely different set of rules after that?
"At least they’ll have seven or eight games to see these.
"It might hamper championship plans but at least you will be able to say ‘this worked, this didn’t really work, we can bring this forward for next year’s championship’ and I think it’s actually positive."
On the proposed kickout rule, Ó Sé said: "I think the kick outside the 45 is directly aimed at the likes of [Dublin goalkeeper Stephen] Cluxton who restarts his balls inside the 21 or whatever.
"If you have to kick the ball outside the 45, that’s a direct compliment to Cluxton in that he has changed the game so much."