Number One: Brees Goes Down — Taysom Steps In
Obviously, everyone knew about the depth the New Orleans Saints had at the quarterback position coming into the season, but all fingers were crossed they wouldn’t have to prove it to the league while attempting to secure a playoff berth.
When Drew Brees went down at halftime of the game vs. the San Francisco 49ers, everyone knew the outcome would be bad. Brees was rolling up to that point with a 73.5 completion percentage, nearly 2,200 passing yards, and a touchdown to interception ratio of 18:3.
It was uncertain who the Saints would decide to turn to in this situation, but they opted to let Jameis Winston finish the game and name Taysom Hill the starter going forward.
The Saints have three quarterbacks currently on the roster (excluding Drew Brees) who are all capable starting quarterbacks in the NFL. The Saints have Jameis Winston who was a former number one overall pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and has won 28 career games under center.
They also have Taysom Hill who has taken the reigns recently and has done an above average job replacing Drew Brees so far. The other guy they have at the quarterback position is Trevor Siemian who was brought in to be the last resort, but even he has 13 wins at the NFL level in 27 games played.
The Saints are undoubtedly the deepest team at the quarterback position in the NFL and the fact that they have three capable starters behind Drew Brees proves that point.