To say Crawford agreed with the current direction is a big stretch, Spectral.
I put up a synopsis of the panel itself (Here), but for Jeremy's bit, it was very disrespectful to him and he spent the entire time wearing his PR-plaster smiling face, and only actually looked like he was engaging or growing animated as a person when he was talking about background druid lore. He gave "safe" answers, when offered incredibly loaded, back-handed questions, especially given that he was on a publicity panel for the game that Wizards has already endorsed, and wasn't actually given any real opportunity to speak about his actual forte (being that he is lead for rules design, his entire segment had one single, largely rhetorical question about rules that was worded and loaded in a such a way that he didn't really have much room to answer it, and nothing else).
I never actually read through your synopsis because I was so disappointed after watching the (first ~2/3 of the) panel and didn't want to experience it again so soon after. So I read your synopsis just now and...I'm sad. It's just sad. (Not about your summary. Your summary and comments were accurate and great)