No doubt everyone will be aware the Rugby Football Union is currently conducting a post-mortem into England's second successive Six Nations failure. Let's hope they don't listen to Nigel Wray.
The Saracens owner claimed in his programme notes for Sunday's match with Worcester that the fear of relegation from the Premiership was a factor in the 'dismal' performance of the national team.
"Don't expect anything other than a safety-first, cautious approach to the game in the Premiership whilst you have relegation," Wray warned us.
"If you want people to take a long-term attitude developing players, developing a style of play, then you have to give them a long-term lease."
He then, no doubt, enjoyed the hugely impressive display his side put on as they dismantled a Worcester outfit bereft of the frenzied motivation that has characterised Sarries' recent efforts.
Worcester are fighting for qualification to the Heineken Cup, Saracens are, nay were, striving to save their own skins. One appears to be a much headier tonic than the other.
Yet one has to wonder whether Wray's argument is ultimately self-defeating. Would the club, into which he has invested so much of his own wealth, have produced such an intense performance had their situation - 11th in the table - not been quite so perilous?
His notes went on to hail the side for winning at Sale the week before. Surely, he understands why a team that lost all eight of its matches immediately prior to that appointment in Stockport could turn around its fortunes so dramatically.
The fear of relegation should not be touted about as an excuse for anything. If rugby union is struggling to come to terms with itself as a professional entity - as it undoubtedly is - the answer is not to remove the foundations upon which all competitive sport is built.
How does he think Worcester got to the Premiership? They replaced the relegated Rotherham, whose financial structure was less secure than their own.
One only has to look in National One to see what the absence of relegation has done to that division.
The situation at the bottom of the division meant the level two season was boiling up into one of the classics, almost reminiscent of last year's Premiership denouement in which Worcester and Northampton stayed up on the last day.
Five clubs - Sedgley Park, Pertemps Bees, London Welsh, Otley and Doncaster - were all straining life and limb to preserve their positions in FDR.
Yet, ten days ago, the governing body bolted shut the trapdoor and suddenly, like bad actors, they were all left questioning their motivation.
Bees, who have run themselves into the ground so far this year, gave a listless account of themselves in losing at home to Otley last Saturday and Coventry were extremely flat at London Welsh.
Cov aren't even in relegation trouble but the diminution of the competitive element to their appointment at Old Deer Park clearly hurt them. All that's left to play for is what the French call home-pride - l'esprit de clocher.
To my mind, a bigger disincentive for Premiership clubs is the fact that if they do produce a decent England player, he's likely to be whisked off for a third of the season. Quite why Leicester Tigers keep underpinning the Red Rose cause is beyond me. They must get some sort of charity tax break.
Wray's counterpart at Worcester, Cecil Duckworth, recently bemoaned the fact that if a club does lose one of its number to England's Elite Player Squad system, all they're compensated with is £30,000. He suggested several times that figure would be a more appropriate sum. This theory has to hold more water.
Harlequins have continued to provide around a third of the England Under-21 side despite losing their Premiership status 12 months ago, thereby discounting Wray's suggestion that clubs need a long-term lease to do anything worthwhile on the development front.
Perhaps the Saracens boss wants to do what every leaseholder fancies and that's buying the freehold.