Saints: Sean Payton is perfect coach to revamp Jameis Winston’s career

New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) - Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) - Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports /

The Saints have finally named a starting quarterback and Drew Brees’ successor for the 2021 season. The lucky winner — and well-deserved winner at that — is former No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston, who gets the nod to start Week 1 when the Packers come to the Caesars Superdome.

This was the right call for the Saints and it was surprising that it took Sean Payton so long to crown Winston as the starter. Payton really couldn’t have made Taysom Hill the starter after what Winston did in the preseason win over Jacksonville on Monday night and how lackluster Hill was (despite having twice as many reps).

While Saints fans might be nervous about Winston taking over as the starter, the good news is that he has one of the best head coaches in the league in Sean Payton, who can work his magic on Winston and hopefully help him cut back on interceptions. Turnovers are what led to Winston getting the axe in Tampa Bay and it’s why Saints fans are skeptical that he’ll be the right guy for the job in the Big Easy.

Saints HC Sean Payton can turn Jameis Winston’s career around.

I really like this tweet from Louis Riddick of ESPN because it’s spot on. Not only can Payton help Winston but Winston can easily help Payton as well.

As much as we all adore Drew Brees, his arm strength wasn’t the same near the end of his career and it showed. Winston has a big arm and that will help Payton carve up some fun play calls during games and these were play calls that he couldn’t necessarily dial up during the end of Brees’ tenure due to his lack of arm strength.

While Winston does have a big arm, Payton will know better not to have every play be a downfield pass, and implementing that style of offense in Tampa is exactly what got Winston into trouble. He’ll have a more knowledgeable coach in New Orleans and had a chance to sit and learn behind Brees last year.

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Maybe the Jameis Winston era of Saints will crash and burn but if anyone is going to help Winston become the quarterback the Saints are coveting, it’s Sean Payton. Let’s see what these two can do together.