I ask again, "If he is so great why do you have to have dramatic comebacks?" A silly query on the surface bu thow often do you see us whip a team from start to finish?
I think you're expecting too much of the answer to these questions to be heaped on Ryan's shoulders. I think the reason why things are played so close to the vest is because of the conservative philosophy of the coaching staff. It's hard to whip a team from start to finish when they pretty much have a firm handle on what you're doing offensively, and your mindset is mainly to "out-physical" or "out-execute" them rather than mixing a bit of "out-scheming" in there somewhere.
I think most people agree that the style of how the Falcons play makes it so their margin of error is pretty small. A failed redzone opportunity here, the inability to get a defensive stop there, a drive-killing penalty, a turnover, etc. and you often have the difference between a win and a loss here in Atlanta.
Think about what the ideal gameplan/result by the Falcons coaching staff, and you would get a game similar to the Colts game, and it's a game where Ryan really doesn't have to do a lot to win the game. It's a game that features 39 rushing attempts by running backs and 24 throws by Ryan.
Take the Saints perfect game, which also came against the Colts where they beat them 62-7, and Brees throws 35 times and run the ball 39 times.
And there seems to be this perception that the coaches haven't truly embraced Ryan, which doesn't seem to be too crazy a notion. And I think there is the perception that there is a very valid reason why the coaches haven't truly plunged head-first into the deep end with Ryan, i.e. he's not good enough to make that plunge. And that may be the case, but I honestly think a much bigger part of it is that they simply don't know how to do it.
And I think that without the head coach understanding that Matt Ryan is probably his best chance to win a Super Bowl here in Atlanta, and hiring an offensive coordinator that is going to also share in this understanding and subsequently build an offensive system around Ryan designed to maximize
his skillset rather than manage
it, and the front office being complicit in this strategy and doing a better job acquiring personnel to build this "Ryan-centric" team, then I think these first 3.6 years of the Mike Smith/Dimitroff Era might ultimately prove to be the pinnacle. Because I just have a hard time seeing this team going much further than they've already gone if they continue to do things the way they've been doing things.