Absolutely, and we should (and do) appreciate the improvement in recent years.
It's a sign of how high the team's recent results have set expectations. 10 to 12 years ago this would have been considered an incredibly successful season thus far.
It's just that only a piece or two have been needed to take us over the hump for each of the 4-5 post-Henry years, and that move hasn't been made. Tantalizingly close.