One point: my assertion was that the team has regressed this past one year. Other than that, the team had generally been improving (albeit not as fast as one would have liked).
For example, consider this 2004 post visually presenting the Whatmore effect on the team. Even if one were to extend this to the Sidon's era we would have seen a similar chart. I'm not too sanguine about the rule of Law though.
Here's the post: