If their approach was the same for both outcomes -- going deep into the postseason versus just barely tasting it before it ends -- then there is evidence that the approach should not change.
I think what has happened, actually, is that the organization has kind of tried to scale back its stated goal as the team's postseason performance has drifted.
Competing for championships . . . competing for the division . . . competing to make the postseason . . . continuing the stretch of winning seasons.
All are good things that a lot of teams would love to have, but the Cardinals seem to be drifting from the first of the list toward the bottom when it comes to what is fair to expect of them.
The Cardinals made the smallest splash of trade-deadline deals this season, and it launched them into the postseason. Imagine if they let loose on one. We have not observed that for a long time now.