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Maybe. I just added one (well, two for classes with expertise) little number with every ability, like "+prof.", and that's it. "Well, roll Constitution. Do you have a dot in athletic? Then roll Con+prof." worked quite fine.It is easier for people to understand that Athletics is always tied to STR rather than it being sometimes STR, sometimes DEX, and sometimes CON.
It is also easier to map to a character sheet that way.
Decoupled skills is better in my mind but it is a lot tougher for new or tired players. And it would get annoying fast for DM to constantly have to remind players or field attempts to apply a skill to everything. Trust me.
That's why I am for a list like 5e's plus 5-6 more skills (Weighlighting (STR), Browbeat (STR), Endurance (CON), Etiquette (CHA) Streetwise (CHA)) as a base. Decoupling requires a more veteran playerbase and more attachment to backgrounds.
But I rarely run 5e for newbies these days, though.