I agree with you 100%. Everyone seems to look back on last seasons 7-3 record and think we were only 3 plays from 10-0. We were also 4 plays away from 2-6 with no bowl game.
This year we were 3-2 in games that were more than 1 possession games. We were six plays away from 10-2 and 2 plays away from 3-10. The talent was essentially flat year over year and so were the results except the balls bounced better last year. We have to get back to the point that we win decisively. We haven't done that since 2009.
It's a change in mindset and it isn't easy. You have to have buy in and players that won't give up. I saw a few of them this year and also plenty of guys not playing all out. The offense is a couple of linemen away from being good enough and probably gets most of the way there next year. The defense needs a reset. The guys that played with passion weren't always the most talented. And there weren't may that played with passion. We saw some on defense... not enough. D'shawn didn't give up on the QB run and almost forced a fumble. But a couple of others players did give up. Maybe they could have forced the fumble. We need a roster of defensive players that makes its so that if you give up on a play you don't have a job. But with no depth issues on defense this year, it wasn't possible.
One more thing, I think Depp had a bad weekend. We won, Oklahoma lost a game and a coach. (can't believe he put an OU sucks championship ring on this board).