Jameis Winston hasn’t been the problem for the Saints offense

Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /

The New Orleans Saints offense has had plenty of issues and being the quarterback, Jameis Winston takes a lot of the blame. Does Winston deserve the blame though?

No. Winston shouldn’t be the one blamed for the poor showing from the offense.

First and foremost, Sean Payton clearly doesn’t trust the former Buccaneers signal-caller and it shows. While handing the ball off to Alvin Kamara or doing dink and dunk passes to the star running back isn’t a bad move, there are going to be times when Winston has to do more and Payton has shown he doesn’t feel confident in his quarterback coming through for him.

Second, have you seen these receivers? They’re not good and aren’t doing their quarterback any favors.

That game on Monday night summed up perfectly why the Saints’ offensive failures can’t be pinned on Jameis Winston. He was throwing deep balls and his receivers weren’t coming up with what would have been clutch catches for the offense.

Kenny Stills had a missed catch and Kevin White failed to haul in two balls sent his way. The fact that these two players are who New Orleans is leaning on at the wide receiver position should tell you all you need to know about the wide receivers in the Big Easy.

Stop blaming Jameis Winston for Saints offensive woes

Winston has shown that he can do what this team needs him to do. He hasn’t been the turnover machine that he was in Tampa Bay and while yes, we’ve seen some bad throws from him, all quarterbacks make bad throws (have you been watching Patrick Mahomes this year?).

If the Saints truly want Winston to succeed as their quarterback, they have to give him more help. He had chemistry with Marquez Callaway and Juwan Johnson in the preseason but the other players on this team outside of Kamara wouldn’t be as big of roles on any other team.

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It’s not Winston’s fault that the Saints offense is sputtering so we need to stop putting that on him.