If you read through the comments section there is some people throwing their weight around. The nuts and bolts of it seems to suggest the F-22 didn't help much at all.
I agree and you're right it should serve up teen series planes on a platter but this is one of the premier red team vs. blue team exercises in the United States and nothing is taken particularly lightly.
I come back and I'm a little circumspect as with everything the F-22 was nowhere near perfect when it launched and these planes are not that either, they're still in low rate production while incremental updates are being applied and functions are brought online, however its been said if a conflict came where the features of the F-35 are nescessary its been earmarked as combat ready and would be deployed. That's coming from the brass who controls these things also, not just media speculation either.
They don't suit all types of combat yet, but if a conflict where there existing feature set was required they'd be ready to go. The biggest weight I can add to that is that Israel is on board also. If they thought nothing of the F-35 then they'd just work in another upgrade for their Block 52 F-16s to bring them up to block 60 and go forward from there. There is a lot of life left in those airframes for them but they're all go with the F-35.