New Orleans Saints: 3 reasons why Taysom Hill can replace Drew Brees
The New Orleans Saints do not have a quarterback on their roster for the 2020 season, and it may be Taysom Hill who takes control of the franchise.
Let’s be real. The New Orleans Saints will be making difficult decisions this offseason. What if Bridgewater wants $20 million and Drew Brees retires. Then, it may be Tayoms Hill’s team. Here’s why he could be the replacement.
Number One: His athleticism
Drew Brees and most other “pocket” style quarterbacks are going to struggle in the upcoming years due to the way the league is drifting with a shift towards mobility at the quarterback position.
Defensive linemen are only getting stronger and faster and linebackers are becoming more agile. Safety and cornerback blitzes are starting to become more prominent as well. Mobile quarterbacks in today’s NFL is a must if you want to be successful.
Taysom Hill is very mobile and has proven it many times throughout his 71 career carries for 410 yards (5.8 yards per carry) and three touchdowns. You have to have fluent mobility to be successful at the quarterback position.
Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback Lamar Jackson dominated both the passing game and rushing game in 2019 and is likely to win the NFL’s prestigious MVP award. Lamar tossed 36 touchdowns while tacking on another seven on the ground.
Last year’s MVP Patrick Mahomes has also found success in being a mobile quarterback scoring on the ground six times in two years while still throwing for 76 touchdowns in that span. Mobile quarterbacks open up the offensive playbook much more and can throw off defenses.
The league has seemed to be shifting from pocket passing quarterbacks to mobile quarterbacks in recent years.
The Seahawks moved on from Matt Hasselbeck and Tavaris Jackson for Russell Wilson, The Texans moved on from Brock Osweiler and Tom Savage for Deshaun Watson, and the Ravens moved on from Joe Flacco for Lamar Jackson.
Athleticism is crucial for success in today’s NFL and the Saints may secretly have the best of them all.