I think what Smith probably told Matt was "No turnovers" and that was pretty much how they played yesterday. It's an old school mindset and pretty sound, actually, but in today's game which, by the way, is becoming more F'ed up with every year Goodell holds his position, you have to fling it and, as another old school coach used to say about passing, there are three things that can happen and two of them are bad. But Brees and NO overcome INTs all the time. They take big gambles. We don't.
As for drafting another QB, sure, why not? Tom Brady got drafted in the 6th round and I don't think Redman or JPW are irreplaceable. We would have to make alucky shot to get anyone who is going to unseat Matt and it would only come about by way of crisis as when Brady unseated Bledsoe due to injury. Matt's the franchise, the marketing icon, the foreseeable future. Inflexibility is generally a problem in sports, business, life. The Falcons have not transitioned well into the new rules and taken advatage of them, IMO. Is it scheme (chicken) or personnel (egg)?