I've never been an apologist for the Beck Warinner offense, but I've never thought they were so bad as to deserve all of the blame for the devastating loss. For most teams dealing with that level of roster attrition and youth, being in the playoffs wouldn't be a realistic expectation. While I don't think Ed and Tim were the right fit for the program, the argument from a lot of fans is that a different coach could have squeezed a lot more blood from that turnip. At the end of the day prior to the playoffs, they were able to (barely) overachieve but when going up against the heavy weights, they were exposed for their lack of offensive development and no playcalling was going to hide the fact that this emporer had no clothes. There were many canaries in the coal mine prior to this and Dabo is just pointing that out. Just hoping that the souls have been adequately cleansed and the much needed growth is there this year.
On another note, while early departures are theoretically great for recruiting and the players who collect paychecks without risking additional exposure to injury in pro-bono service, it really will set a team back against competitors stacked with 4 and 5 year players who bring their experience, leadership skill, and hunger for a natty back to their team. Hopefully the Buckeyes can build more of that back up and to read the articles on this site, it sounds like they are. But we'll see soon enough.