Saints: Marquez Callaway snags his first career TD vs. Pats

Marquez Callaway, New Orleans Saints (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
Marquez Callaway, New Orleans Saints (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) /

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marquez Callaway just scored his first NFL career touchdown, and we’re extremely happy for him.

Callaway has recorded 31 receiving yards in the first half of Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots, catching all three of his targets and adding that long-coveted touchdown to his resume.

But head coach Sean Payton is not happy, and if you watch the replay, you’ll see why.

We’ll clarify: Sean Payton is not happy with his quarterback, Jameis Winston.

Winston had absolutely no business chucking that ball in the air like that.

At the end of the second quarter and on a 3rd-and-GOAL attempt, Winston was in the process of getting sacked from behind by a Pats defender.

While he was falling down, he thought, “Hm, now seems like the perfect opportunity to throw this ball wildly in the air and hope my teammate catches it. I can’t see any of my wide receivers, though, so I’ll just have to throw in a general direction toward the red zone. Ok, why not, I’m gonna do it.”

Callaway ends up grabbing the ball out of the air (and the flag is called off), but Winston’s reckless toss could easily have been intercepted by New England.

New Orleans Saints WR Marquez Callaway scores first TD in pure Winston-fashion

After the touchdown, Winston points both fingers in the air to celebrate, but he may not have been so jubilant if he had seen his coach’s face.

Twitter was quick to notice Sean Payton’s tight-lipped, brow-furrowing reaction:

These are the kind of plays that exponentially and unnecessarily increase our fear and anxiety. Here we are, trying to enjoy a Sunday afternoon filled with Saints’ football, preparing to take a bite of a sandwich or fold the laundry and Winston suddenly hits us with this.

The worst part is: we all saw it coming. We had that little voice in the back of our heads telling us Winston was going to chuck it, but we didn’t — we couldn’t — believe it to be true.

We repeat: Winston has no business throwing the ball like that.

Winston is just coming off a Week 2 game that saw him complete just 50 percent of his passes and record two interceptions, and he still has a long way to go to prove himself as a consistent quarterback.

If he keeps this up, he’ll soon have this wild and senseless play named after him — it’ll be called the “Winston Special,” and trust us, it’ll only upset your stomach.

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The Saints will live and die by their quarterback in 2021. Winston got lucky today, and Callaway scored his first touchdown because of it. But New Orleans can’t afford to pull that *crap* again.