Vince just kept going with what he thought the people wanted and I am sure Briscoe and Patterson kept going yes boss thats great, even though it really sucked.
Actually, Pat Patterson was incredibly outspoken and honest with Vince. It's well documented that Patterson was/is one of the only people who could make Vince see sense when something was going in an abysmal direction, or would be an awful idea to begin with, despite Vince's enthusiasm for it.
It has even been suggested that the "yes men" era began, in part, because Patterson left the creative team (back in 2004, which is definitely possible, given the gradual decline in quality, following that period of time). That's how strong Patterson is as a voice of reason.