I think you may be onto something here..Probably a combination of alot of factors...
Part of it could be Ryan's 'rythym'..And art of it is adjustments made by the other team.
But it might also be 'identity'. When this happens for so many years, the team accepts it. They come to subconciously believe it to be true. This is where a good, motivated coach steps in an makes changes.
Smith has not gotten this straight in 3 years. We still struggle coming out from the locker room at halftime. We may see 'exceptions' to this, but it is our identity.