Wasn't this the same Dev house that said something along the lines of "We don't understand why people liked Deus Ex 1, it was too slow", and then a few weeks later said "This game is totally going to be a spiritual successor to Deus Ex 1"?
Actually, I'm pretty sure what the guy said was something in the veins of "The original Deus Ex was a slow game."
Which is a simple statement of fact. Deus Ex IS a slow game. The issue at hand, of course, is whether that made Deus Ex a bad game, and it didn't. In fact, Deus Ex is a fucking landmark in gaming history.
So if they are going to change the pace just because they felt that Deus Ex being slow made it a worse game, then yeah, that's a stupid decision.
If they up the speed because they think Deus Ex was freaking awesome, but they wouldn't mind it going a bit faster, I can kind of get behind that decision too.
It's all in the context, and I don't think anyone really knows what context the dev was referring to when he made that comment.