This is the one year I would give the coach and the team an asterisk. Slanina, Zarko, Hicks, Pekarek and at times JC, that's too much for a program to endure in 1 year. If in fact, Zarko and Pekarek played so poorly because they were playing injured.
I like the 5th year players. Hopefully that trend continues. Will be interesting to see if Tavares leaves. Or more interesting, will Zarko and/or Pekarek be back and/or able to contribute? Granted they may have been injured but to an extent, I viewed it as addition by subtraction this year.
I think you make an interesting observation about Pekarek and Zarko. Some may argue the injuries hurt us but I view it as giving more playing time to Ohams and Havsa, playing time I am not sure they would have gotten otherwise. So going into next year I think there is more to look forward to with Ohams and maybe even Havsa given what we saw this past season.