The New Orleans Saints announced that Taysom Hill, not Jameis Winston, will be the starting quarterback this Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.
After Drew Brees went down for the second straight season with an injury that will sit him out likely over a month, the Saints fanbase yet again held their breath. This time, they won’t have Teddy Bridgewater, who went 5-0 last season, to save them.
Many thought it was Jameis Winston’s time to shine. Winston was the 2019 season’s passing leader. While he did also have the most interceptions in the NFL as well, Winston initially came to New Orleans to solve said problem.
Now, he’ll have his time to shine, or will he?
Winston was the obvious starter.
But, that’s not who will line up behind center this Sunday. That will be Taysom Hill, the 30-year-old Swiss Army knife that the Saints signed to a two-year deal this past offseason, a contract many think the Saints overpaid on.
Hill is 10-for-18 as a quarterback on his career. That’s why on Sunday you should expect a run-heavy offense, and while Winston may not get in the game, if it’s going to entirely be Hill, it’s going to be a brutally obvious offensive scheme for New Orelans.
Winston is a turnover-prone option, and Hill is not an experienced passer. It’s potentially a lose-lose no matter how you look at it when comparing what the Saints are up against compared to what the team looked like with Drew Brees leading the way.
But I think most would agree that Winston’s passing mixed with Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas receiving would give the Saints the best opportunity for victory. Regardless of who they have at quarterback, the Saints will hopefully be fine moving forward.
Hill or Winston matters, but it will really boil down to the playcalling the team gets from Sean Payton. Even with Hill, if he can call a masterful gameplan and move the ball, the Saints should be able to continue their six-game win streak.