Re-read fun gus posts. The implication is that Matt Ryan is the crux of the problem, if the problem is winning in January, which essentially is just another way of saying what is holding this team back from reaching its goals (winning championships)..
Pudge, my 'issue' is not the 'loss', it's how it was 'lost'. Go reread my post on Dec 26th. I said (in terms of expectations and offseason changes) if Ryan gets to the post season and LOSES, but at least fights for the win, I could accept that. What I saw was something completely different. Has there ever been a playoff game like that where a team only gets a safety, and the other team gets 'shut out'? Ever?
The problem is not just 'winning in January' it's 'losing with class'. Time Tebow was not going to beat the Pats. BUt he at least put points on the board, with a broken rib! Last season, Ryan at least
scored against Green Bay. It's not ALL on Matt Ryan, but not even getting 3 lousy points
in a playoff game? Cmon man.
Where the debate resides is you can 'accept' the loss, because you like Matt Ryan and you can spread the blame around. That's cool. I cant. I cannot accept checking out.. It is just that simple
. Doesnt matter if your name is Ryan, Vick or Joe Harrington.
No sense crying about it, so lets look forward. Im on record being dissapointed with the Koetter hire, because that's the 'safe' choice, and not the 'smart' one. It is what it is. But what are your 'expectations'? If this time next year, and Ryan either doesnt make the postseason or gets bounced again in bitchlike fashion, is that going to color your opinion on Ryan/ new OC?
For me the bar has been set. NO more back to backs. No more 'but look how we sucked for so long'. No more 'Smith is the best coach this franchise has ever had'. Just speaking for me, I need to see a playoff win out of Ryan, or TD and Smitty f*cked up.
And Im sorry, but I do not believe Dirk Diggler is going to take Ryan to that 'next level'. Lets hope ol Fun Gus is wrong about that.