They aren't weak but they were certainely far from being as strong as some thought they would be. I still remember these comments saying that Ichiji would be able to give a real challenge to Katakuri or that he would tag team with Sanji to beat him and that a few thought that Judge was admiral lvl.
they are not so weak nor very strong...they lost to BigMom and Katakuri only.....Judge is fine after fighting Snack...
as for their strength I will come to conclusion depending on their future status...
Thry are pretty strong imo. The problm lies that people underestimate em.
Judge fought Snack n 1 more BMP and Ichiji was clearly strongest out of em.
Reiju has troublesome powers n occupied Smoothie during WCI arc.
Niji has crazy speed and is somehwere inbtwn.
Only Yonji was portrayed as weak, bt still a vet level.
These 4 fodderised hundreds of BMPs that were hyped to stop ecen Rodger. Ofcrs that was over exxagration bt still big hype.
Fandom downplays em, because BM one shot Judge, that considering recent events is no surprise.
And Katakuri caught Ichiji easily, which is again No surprise thanks to his FS and given he also did the same to Luffy in Tea Party easily and treated Jinbie n Capone like fodders.
Vinsmokes are pretty strong that Yonkou itself wanted to ally with em and use their clone technology. These are feared by Nations and are notorious all over the World. I don't know what else one would expect.