Think you're overreacting a bit WOB. I don't think it's an excuse for losing. Not everything is an excuse. The training those guys did, wouldn't get close to replicating or maintaining actual match fitness. It is always talked about that players need continuity in preseasons and seasons to maintain peak performance. They might only be 5 % off in their fitness, but they are also 5% off in their skills, and that makes a hell of a difference. Its a reality of the game and the professional era we're in. That's why Woosha said, even before the season started, that he won't really know where the players are at until about mid-season - ie. after they have played enough games to know. And plenty of players are managed by clubs that haven't had 6 of their best 22's out for a season.
I just don't get the idea that speaking about the realities of the situation is interpreted as being an excuse. In any case, I haven't seen it used as an excuse for losing - as in, if these guys hadn't had a year out, we would have won - by anyone at the club. To talk about it, is a bit different making excuses for a loss, or even the player.
Anyway, Woosha is on a hiding to nothing with this situation: talk about it - he's making excuses for his players - don't talk about it, he's in denial - talk about players not being fit enough - he's being too hard on them - and so on. It will be interpreted however the media want to interpret it. And he will be asked about it every feckin' week in one form or another.