I understand, to some degree, the people that are holding CKE to his words. I know, I for one, got tired of the empty coach speak and baseless platitudes that seemed to roll from Paulsen and would hold him to his words. So, it would be a little hypocritical to not hold do the same for CKE.
That being said, if I recall correctly, when he made the "judge me" statement, he was hyper focused on Oduro, he mentioned Miller and then added Kolek almost as an afterthought. So it seemed to me that Oduro was his key focus, we thought he had a small chance with Miller and knew Kolek was a long shot at best. Additionally, I assume he factored in his ability to replace the slots and felt Oduro was much harder to replace than Miller and Kolek. In case it isn't clear, Miller and Kolek were both great, I am not in any way saying they aren't. I am just suggesting that maybe CKE knew his pipeline and was less concerned about replacing them and or saw the writing on the wall. So, I take this as a push for CKE. He got Oduro as his primary target. If he had gotten one or both of the other two, it would have been overachieving.