one of the biggest issues is though, to your first part, out of all the returning players, pretty much only watson at present is questionable to not be there come next year from the starting 22..
this wasn't a patch up job starting 22, this was supposedly our best starting 22 who lost, so therefore people are now worried that the demons of players past and yes some of the returning players, are starting to be transferred onto the next generation.
Hocking, stanton, howlett and myers have all been involved in their fair share of similar losses, but they weren't playing on sunday.
there's also the fact that you point out that bar 15 mins we could be 8-6 odd, well you can go back for most of the last decade and find a similar pattern. We couldda and shouldda won some games we lost, and we'd be high up the ladder.
You can rebuild or rotate players in and our all you like, but if they repeat the same mistakes year after year, rebuilding aint gonna mean ■■■■.