The New Orleans Saints won’t have Drew Brees under center in Week 1 for the first time since 2005, as the future Hall of Fame quarterback retired over the offseason. This means that Sean Payton will have to try and win games with someone other than Brees and while the situation could be worse, the quarterback situation isn’t perfect by any means.
In fact, Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report thinks it’s the biggest red flag for the Saints entering the 2021 season. Knox wrote:
"The problem is that both quarterbacks have drawbacks. Winston’s turnover problem pushed him out of the Buccaneers organization, while Hill only has 134 career pass attempts. The fact that New Orleans doesn’t have a preferred starter in mind is also an issue."
I wrote an article last week about how not naming Jameis Winston the starter already is a bad look by the Saints. Winston is the more polished NFL quarterback and could be a nice successor to Drew Brees yet Sean Payton isn’t ready to hand the job to him yet and wants Taysom Hill to have every opportunity.
The Saints quarterback battle is their biggest red flag.
Knox mentioned how Winston being turnover-prone in Tampa Bay led to his dismissal from there and that’s the biggest worry with him from a football standpoint. He threw a whopping 30 interceptions during that 2019 season and that cannot happen if the Saints want to win games.
As for Hill, he’s best used as an offensive weapon and Swiss army knife of sorts. He’s the most dangerous when he’s lining up on the field and the defense has to figure out how they’re going to stop him from doing whatever he’s about to do. He’s also the perfect decoy as a result of this because defenses zero in on him and it paves the way for another player to make a big play for a chunk of yards.
New Orleans has to figure out who its quarterback is going to be this year and even when it does, it’s the biggest red flag on the team. The rest of the roster is talented enough to get the job done but a team can only go as far as their quarterback will let them. That’s the problem with the Saints.