Number One: Uncertainty With Winston
The decision to go with Taysom Hill could be several different conclusions, but a very likely one could be that the team is just simply uncertain about what Jameis Winston brings to the team.
Winston is a very talented quarterback and is more similar to Drew Brees’ playing style, but if they feel Taysom Hill gives the team a better chance to win then that’s the direction they’ll go.
Many people tend to forget that Taysom Hill has been with the Saints for three seasons. That means three seasons of learning behind Drew Brees, three seasons of playing under Sean Payton, and three seasons of mastering a rather difficult New Orleans offense.
Jameis Winston has been on the Saints for about four months and didn’t have a preseason to help him get some game action.
When Winston was thrust into action in the second half vs the San Francisco 49ers, he did just enough to help the team finish out the ball game, but it was obvious that his fellow players and coaches were frustrated with some of his decision making.
When Teddy Bridgewater took over for Drew Brees last season, he had already spent an entire
season learning behind Drew Brees and Sean Payton so the transition was a bit more smooth. This isn’t a dig on Winston potentially not being comfortable with the playbook, but more of a realization that it isn’t always as simple as the ‘Next Man Up’ mentality.