Cam Newton and Matthew Stafford Headline Next Wave of Elite QBs
If he doesn't have great stats or a particularly good supporting cast but does lead his team to wins, well - I think you get my point.
But even then his greatness will shine through often enough to win games, or put his team in a position to win, in spite of the obvious handicap.
He played with heart and guts, was clearly the leader of the offense and engineered impressive late-game comebacks. Now all he's got to do is steady his game, continue growing, and show he can perform at his current level in the playoffs.
Of course, Ryan was selected 3rd overall in the 2008 Draft because Atlanta was a bad team in total disarray. Adding Ryan was enough to propel them into the playoffs his rookie season, and twice again after missing the playoffs in 2009.
In 2009 the eventual world champion Saints beat the Falcons out for the division title. Ryan just needs to turn around his playoff fortunes and he will likely join the elites.