OUCHinaman, you certainly have a point...
In spite of the day and age in which we live, in terms of human fragility and softness, both physically and emotionally, all one has to do is peer out across the college football landscape to observe that the most consistently successful programs do anything but baby their players. They're not in the diaper changing business.
For some reason I don't picture Saban purchasing stock in Pampers, and neither Bob Stoops nor Urban Meyer were known to distribute flowers to players for nice jobs. The truly successful coaches treat their players respectfully, and like grown men preparing for battle.
I believe also that we're the process of seeing that excusing failure isn't turning out to be one of Riley's strong suits either. Handing out participation trophies doesn't seem to be on his daily "to do" list.
OUChinaman, you hit the nail on the head. We need to vastly improve tackling and turnovers, and with those will probably come those coveted 3 & outs.