In all fairness, he IS recovering from a shoulder injury and his 'injured' total (175/207/382) is top for US super heavies (Zach Schluender is top ranked for the PAN AM team w/a 374 total)!
In regards to the Bulgarian philosophy, I think it works well when you are willing to toss an injured lifter aside and have the next one that looks just like him step up. With so few in the US lifting, I don't think the assembly line, keep up or be left behind will work - we don't have the numbers to beat the elite into submission in hopes that will survive and produce a miracle. That being said it is a fine line between pushing hard enough and burning out/blowing up - an enormous task for our coaches.
Sad to see Zach Krych pull out of the jerks after reinjuring his wrist after a GREAT comeback at the American Open.