You have posted before that James generally had the best players available to him, and I agreed with you. I still agree with you. Sean Parr aside, pretty much James's best fifteen footballers took the field. I still pretty much agree with that.
What I was venting about was the lack of cohesion between the young players performing at minor and U21 level and getting them to playing for Down. This is a complaint about development structures. And in fact I know you have posted in the past that we need better development structures.
It is wastefully late until a player is already performing at a high level to bring him in. The task of the county manager should have be winning with his first fifteen, and secondly and equally importantly, with developing the next generation and integrating them. I see no clear strategy at the county level for that.