I'm not a pilot and don't pretend to be so you certified pilots please be easy on me, but I have in my 20 plus years as a FAA Airworthiness Inspector performed many Flight Deck En-Route inspections for the purpose of evaluating an air carriers maintenance program. The inspections were conducted in aircraft ranging from the DC-9 (MD-80) up thru the Boeing 767.
And I can say that a lot of that article is true from my point of view.
Not taking anything from today's flight crews, but these modern aircraft are automated that the flight crew can be lulled into just be radio operators and instrument watchers - they certainly earn their money flying in lousy weather.
Today's aircraft are so reliable that it has been said that many pilots of large transport aircraft will probably never encounter an inflight emergency requiring an engine shutdown in their flying career.
Remember - it wasn't that long ago that 4 engine aircraft were the only ones that were allowed to fly long distances over water - now 2 engine aircraft do it every day.