A year ago I was freaking out every time we lost a player. Boren's transfer sucked. So did Mallett. McGuffie too. But now, I'm accepting them a little more. The reason is that transfers have a different cause now than they did a year ago. Last season we were losing players because a) they didn't like the coaches, b) they didn't fit into the system, or c) they weren't good enough to start.
A was usually a straight-up loss of talent, and B represented a waste of talent. Now that RRod's got his players coming in, A and B are going away. Those are the ones that hurt the most on a wins-losses level. The most likely cause from now on will be C. While I truly hope the best for departures like O'Neill, we shouldn't freak out--if he were starter-material that would mean he's good and if he were good he'd be a starter.
For those of you who counter "Well, we need depth in case of emergency", lalalala I can't hear you.
So, is anyone else finding attrition *much* less painful now than 12 months ago?