Sean Payton figured out how to get the best out of Taysom Hill by using him as an offensive weapon for the New Orleans Saints. Hill has been used as a quarterback, running back, fullback, tight end, and on special teams during his four years with the Saints.
With how successful the Taysom Hill experiment has been in New Orleans, it only makes sense that teams try to copy what Payton has cooked up. The latest to attempt to do is is the Jacksonville Jaguars, who made waves by signing Tim Tebow last month.
There’s been buzz throughout the league at how the Jaguars plan to use Tebow in a similar way that the Saints have used Hill in recent years.
The comparisons are there for sure, as both gentlemen played quarterback at one time or another but when it comes down to it, this is a silly thought for the Jaguars to even attempt. Tebow is turning 34 in August and hasn’t played in an NFL regular-season game since 2012 when he was with the Jets. He had a brief stint in minor league baseball and is returning to the NFL after nearly a decade away from the sport.
Hill, meanwhile, is perfect for this type of role and has been doing it masterfully since joining New Orleans in 2017. It’s his strength and he’s proven he knows how to get the most yards whenever he’s put into a different situation.
Tebow, meanwhile, has only really played quarterback. He was projected as more of a tight end when he entered the league but chose to stick at quarterback.
The Jaguars want to use Tim Tebow how the Saints use Taysom Hill.
There’s a reason Hill is a unique player in the NFL and it’s because as much as other teams try to emulate what he does, it’s proving to be a real challenge for them. Tebow is a good athlete but not taking an NFL hit for nearly a decade and then being asked to throw, run, and catch the ball is going to be a wake-up call for him.
Hill was the perfect player to be put into this role and Payton knew the perfect way to utilize him. While Urban Meyer is a good coach and knows Tebow quite well having coached him at Florida, it’s not going to go smoothly, or at least nowhere near as smoothly as what Payton and Hill have accomplished together.
Other teams can keep trying, but for now, the Saints and Taysom Hill have shown they can do something the rest of the league can’t.