Interesting statement...but one that's direct from Cisco. In October, CCIE R&S undergoes a "real world" revision to make the skills more applicable to day-to-day jobs. Interesting quote from Maurilio Gorito (he was my proctor "back in the day"):
Q: Will it be harder to pass when the new exams go live?
A - MG: Since the focus of CCIE R&S certification has shifted to job readiness, candidates with less job experience may find the exams more difficult . On the other hand, some candidates may find the written exam easier since it is less focused on equipment specs and more on the real-world job tasks of networking experts.
The full scoop can be found here.