You are not following. Here is what the Cryptic guy said, I have no idea how accurate it is:
The original devs had, apparently, 6 years. They blew 4 on screwing around and drawing pictures like the ones being discussed.
When Cryptic was brought in there were only two years left. The cycle was not quick, it was in fact an extremely generous development cycle that was mostly squandered by the original developers. If I had to guess the mentality behind Cryptic's 'short cycle', it is that every year you pay developers to make a game costs obscene amounts of money. The people funding STO were already burned by the first team and quite possibly not willing to dole out yet more money in hopes that the second team would actually do their jobs. So they said "We got the money for a two year cycle, take it or leave it" and Cryptic took it.