This football team is in disarray only because this coaching staff wants that way. They want it that way because they see it as the best and quickest way to recruit better players. You know, more four and five stars, or the players they believe can be coached into five star production, those who are looking for early playing time. I might add that 8-4 is still highly likely and would be a very good mark. A 7-5 not really good, but passable. Now, what if it ends 6-6? May God have mercy on this coaching staff, if they lose the final two. For what it is worth, I foresee 8-4.
I think you have part of it right. They have some things the way they wanted it, but they did not expect that developing new starters would be this painful.