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Mike Smith is a big reason why Ryan is successful.
If the situation in New Orleans has taught us anything, it's showed us how important a head coach is to a team.
Mike Smith has been a solid head coach and mentor to Ryan. Both joined the Falcons at the same time, and both are linked together in more ways than one.
Quarterbacks and head coaches have to be on the same wave length. If they're not, a team can struggle to get continuity within the offense. A quarterback has to know what the head coach wants to do, and that's exactly what Ryan is doing.
In New Orleans, Sean Payton is suspended for the year, and it's showing on the field. While Brees has still had some good games, the offense doesn't seem to be running as smoothly as it did last year.
Brees and Payton thought the same way and were successful because of it.
In Tampa Bay and Carolina, the quarterbacks and head coaches don't have a personality match.
Ron Rivera seems reserved, while his quarterback is very outspoken in Carolina. The roles are reversed in Tampa Bay. Head coach Greg Schiano is very vocal, while Freeman still has some things to learn about commanding a huddle.
Without a good head coach-quarterback relationship, a team won't succeed. Both need to have matching personalities and think in the same way.