Thank you for a reasonable and thoughtful response.I'm not saying you're wrong. It's just that depending on how you look at something, someone's legitimate reasons may sound like excuses to others. For instance, the reason for some of our inconsistency on offense was youth at QB and horrific OL play. Those are the reasons in my mind.
Now, why was our OL horrific, well, there you might get some excuse-making or maybe some legitimate reasons. Personally, I think expecting to turn the OL organically takes longer than any other position on the field, so I look at that as a reason, not an excuse. I don't think the young guys are ready, so I was very good with the Portal for OL. I think we were successful with Cochran and I'm not sure about the others. I'm not an OL guy, so I just see the DL getting turned loose and our QB's running for their lives and say "we got a problem." I don't know what that problem is and I really haven't heard what I would say are good reasons why our OL play was so horrendous.
These are just my thoughts.
I think where I am with this is simple. If the offensive line was a couple years more into development would this season have been different? I doubt it. The problems I see with the offensive line seem to be reflected throughout multiple position groups. Add to that poor game management by the coaches and it is hard for me to say this is all about the offensive line.
Much more I could say but I think you get the point. The offensive line to me, ought to be further along. But so should the whole team.