Thinking back, when Tress or Cooper had early games like the VT game, the team never really improved all that much as the season wore on. I'd wager that lack of talent had a lot to do with those failures such that no amount of high-end coaching was going to make much of an impact.
That certainly conditioned my thinking for last season. However, I pretty much took a "wait and see" attitude because a loss, while frustrating, doesn't tend to make me want to jump off a bridge or anything.
The difference between then and now is talent and depth; we all see that today.