I'd be very surprised if Italy or Scotland beat anyone other than themselves. So yes, a narrow victory over them is not terribly impressive. A defeat at home is never going to make me think we've done well.
So he's taken a team, which for all your dressing down was the best team in the competition last year, and produce some poor rugby and some not quite terrible results is not an achievement. But I guess we disagree on that. I think you are easily impressed.
I would also be surprised if Italy or Scotland beat anyone else, however everyone else has more quality and their coaches have shown more foresight in integrating players for the future than England. On the face of it, I agree with you that 2 scrappy wins and a home defeat is not acceptable, but we have to face where English rugby is right now and reassess our goals accordingly.
We did win the tournament last year, however that was with an ageing side that couldn't ever continue until 2015, and change was needed. I don't think Lancaster should be critised for being the man in charge when the overdue clear out of Thompson, Shaw, Moody, Easter, Wilkinson, Tindall and Cueto took place. There are over 700 caps amongst those players and losing them may have played a part is not closing out the Welsh game; although 3.5 years away from a RWC Lancaster has made the right call.
In due course, this side will bond and return England to the top of the 6N pile, however right now this is where we are and in light of the circumstances I am happy with our results in the last month. I don't want to continue to be happy with mediocrity and I'm sure we won't need to be.
welcome back tins...