Kerry play to a decent standard of hurling in the lower divisions of the NHL. They're no world beaters but they're no where near the embarrassment that KK footballera are Bear in mind it is also a far more specialised game than football is. Kerry do a far better job of competing and promoting hurling than many counties in Ireland in fact, despite it being a county obsessed with the bigger ball.
If Kerry can field a respectable hurling team, why can't KK field a respectablfootball team - a far less specialised sport?
KK footballers play in D4, they get whalloped every week to levels nobody does in hurling(Cavan come close but are minnows in football too).
Kerry hurlers on the other hand while not Liam McCarthy material are actually in the second tier and only a small bit behind Laois/Antrim and on the fringes of the Liam McCarthy giving them a rank in Ireland of around 13-16.
They only lost the Christy Ring final by a point last year.
TBH there isn't actually a decent comparison to KK.
I've just spent the last while comparing the counties hurling and football.
No county who have had success have a woeful team is the other code.
(the ulster clubs are the exception, where in hurling they make up most of the bottom tier, however all games seem relatively close)
Even Down manage to stick out two teams in the hurling, with one is D2 and the other in D4.
Fingal can even manage a hurling team to play competitively in Dublin, where hurling isn't overly popular.
Then KK footballers point difference after four games is 1-8 to 12-75.
As bad as a county like Leitrim is(slim success in their premier code), where football is more prominent, you wouldn't expect their hurlers to be losing by that much.
So it's strange to see a county which has been so dominant in one code, to be so poor in the other.
It's not exactly the smallest county either population wise(20 from the 32 from what I can find)