You are correct. However, since it is the Coach who made the statement it will be lauded. Fwiw, I agree. Not because Mike made the statement. Because that is what I see as well. I saw it in the LSU game and these past two as well.
Your right. The mature tone, the lack of panic, the understanding that the season is a marathon and not a sprint, the measured criticism without acting like the sky is falling would thoroughly get ripped.