I believe the :We need to get better" statement is just that, unless there is obvious improvement throughout the season.
Dantonio tells the press in East Lansing ," ...we have to get better on offense" week 1
(they were horrible the first 2-3 weeks of the year offensively)
8 weeks later they have a legitimate offense that is producing. They made some drastic changes at running back, coached some guys up, threw in some unique passing plays to the TE and Running back and WOW! Drastic times call for drastic measures. Dantonio made the adjustments that he needed to make offensively. If yo ask anyone on this post "Do you believe after watching MSU the first 3 games of the season with that pathetic offense, that they will challenge us, let alone beat Stanford in the Rose Bowl? People would have laughed, they had no offense. They did something about it.
MSU offense week 1-5: C- to a D (Grade)
MSU offense last 2 weeks of the season : A- That is drastic improvement!
All I am saying is we have heard "we need to get better" when asked about our defensive scheme and defense in general, what has happened over the course of 13 weeks..? Nothing if anything most would agree we have regressed.
OSU defense week 1 (c-)
OSU Defense after 13 weeks (c-)
Our defense is still in DRASTIC times!!!