Oisin McConville believes criticism of the Super 8s is over the top.
The new All-Ireland SFC quarter-final format failed to sparkle on its first weekend, but McConville is urging football followers to give it a chance.
"I think the biggest thing for the opening weekend is atmosphere," the former Armagh star said on RTÉ Radio 1's Morning Ireland programme this morning.
"Use the provincial grounds, maybe give the provincial champions first bite at it, give them home advantage and see does that change it up a bit.
"I don't want to be over-critical about it because this really has been a suck-it-and-see thing. I like it; the GAA has got a bit of a battering over the last number of weeks with one thing and another but this is something we need to stick with, give it a go and maybe there's a shock somewhere on the cards - that's what the competition needs next week."