Saints’ HC Sean Payton breaks silence about QB situation

Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) /

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton speaks out about the looming decision of the future of the quarterback position for the team.

This is surely going to be one of the most memorable offseason for the New Orleans Saints since Drew Brees was signed in free agency in 2006. With the very real possibility that Drew Brees calls it a career, the team is mulling over their next move.

The quarterback position is the biggest and most important position on the team. They lead the offense and are responsible for success and failure. With a new starting quarterback possible next year for the first time in over a decade, it is an intriguing position for New Orleans.

The team lost Teddy Bridgewater last year who many people thought was going to take over for Brees in NOLA. Brees didn’t retire and Bridgewater moves on. In the offseason, they gave Jameis Winston a one-year contract to play behind Brees.

Was it for the purpose of him taking over? Did what Sean Payton has said all year about Taysom Hill signal that Hill will be the next starter?

There is a ton of questions surrounding the starting Saints’ quarterback. Hill played when Brees was injured, but Winston is clearly the better pocket passer and has a track record of success. Could they also draft a quarterback? The options are there for Mickey Loomis.

Now, head coach Sean Payton has made his opinion known about what he thinks about the quarterback situation in New Orleans. According to Luke Johnson from, Payton had this to say about the quarterback situation.

"“We have a really good room,” Payton said. “I’m excited about Jameis Winston, I’m excited about Taysom Hill. Those are guys that we’ve had a chance, obviously, to see for a period of time — … maybe not as much time with Jameis.“I think that we’ll handle it accordingly. That position is important. It’s vital. That’s why we’ve paid attention to an offseason signing like Jameis, or paid attention to keeping Taysom here.”"

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From those remarks by Payton, you can obviously tell that he has a strong belief in Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill moving forward. I would be very surprised if Brees retires that they wouldn’t give Winston a shot at the starting position long term.