This is what most people do not understand when they say "Alabama fans complaining about 11-2 seasons! GEEZE!!!" Most of your upper-echelon programs can go 11-2 and 10-3. I've said before if Mike Shula can win 10 games at Alabama almost anyone who can fog a mirror can as well.
But if all "we" want as fans are literal winning seasons, then Saban didn't need to make any changes 9 years ago when he brought Kiffin in to change our offensive philosophy. We could have stayed the same, and probably won 10-11 games every year and gone to the Outback Bowl and made it a vacay. But we wouldn't have won another three national titles either and would have no doubt slipped behind programs like UGA and more than likely LSU as well.
Most people do not like overachievers because of the guilt they feel in their own mediocrity, which for a great majority is self-inflicted. So they like to gas-light the overachievers.
Now of course in this case, we the fans aren't doing anything really, unless we are donors to the program, season ticket holders, etc. And even then, we still aren't doing all of the real work. That's the coaches and the players. But we are the beneficiaries of all that hard work, and we have come to expect the results.
But the theory holds. Most fans of programs are only acting out the projected influence of the coaches. In other words, most fans are going to be in lockstep with the program even when the program is outright cheating - see Auburn for an example. So if the coaches project excellence in everything, the fans are going to act the same way. And the reverse is true.
And finally, the sports media world is utterly mediocre in every way. An over achiever in sports media is rare indeed and is the exception to the hard rule that most of them are sniveling, petty, insecure wimps.
And I have not even finished my coffee yet.