This brand of champagne rugby that Salford played was imho over-stated.
That season they scored 116 tries, 9th best in the league. Now that isn't bad for a team that only won 8 games all year, but the reality is that it is less than one more try per game than London and Castleford.
Hull KR finished one place higher than Salford and scored 16 more tries than them, yet people don't rave about their attacking performance.
Sure, Salford may have improved but they had a new Head Coach too plus many other changes from 2011 to 2012.