Legs and Mobility
The offensive line gave Drew Brees all the time he needed to make throws. Sometimes, the throw is not there, and Brees simply got rid of the ball to live another down. That is a smart play for a non-mobile quarterback but not for someone of Winston’s caliber.
However, how often do you see Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes, or Kyler Murray throwing the ball away? That’s because they can get out in the open field and make tacklers miss. That is the future of the quarterback position, and, without Brees, should be the future of the Saints.
It is a skill that Winston possesses, and while not at the level of those mentioned, he is a more agile quarterback than the departing 41-year-old Brees.
Throughout his time in Tampa Bay, Winston ran for over 100 yards in every single season topping 200 in three of the five seasons. Brees, on the other hand, has run for over 100 yards in one season in his 20-year career.
The fire that would spark as a result of the offense might be enough to get the Saints back to the big stage in 2022. A quarterback that can pick up extra yards with his feet instead of just throwing the ball away would provide more opportunities for offensive success.