I’ve wondered myself if things would have gone differently under SJ, and maybe there was some loss of continuity in the transition. You never really know. Under SJ, the team could have lost both games to Harvard, or beaten Cornell and dropped another league game, or beaten Morehead, or whatever. Or, perhaps they would have beaten Harvard twice (but they could have also added another stupid in-league loss to that). Or they could have gone 11-3 or 12-2 somehow and won the league, but with the talent losses, I think that would have been a reach. It’s a lot of conjecture
As said, the team did have significant losses; before the season, lots of people were saying that Princeton would go 7-7 or 8-6 in the league. Few would have expected them to be a Pomeroy 80 or 90 team that would beat a team like FSU and come within a gnat’s eyelash of beating NC State.
Coaching transitions are usually more clumsy and bloody than was this one. Henderson made this one pretty smooth.
Personally, I think Henderson did a remarkable job, and would be my pick for coach of the year.