NOLA Saints have nothing to lose by starting Ian Book

Ian Book, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
Ian Book, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

The NOLA Saints are several days removed from their embarrassing loss to the Bills on Thanksgiving night. The loss brought on a lot of questions but the biggest revolved around the quarterback position, currently led by Trevor Siemian. Ian Book has become a popular name amongst Saints fans recently, however, with the poor performance from Siemian.

A month ago, the Saints sat at 5-2 and were on top of the world after knocking off the Buccaneers. Ever since then, they’ve dropped four straight games and aren’t in the playoff picture as of now (nor should they be).

Siemian was never going to set the world on fire at quarterback and fans knew that when he took over. Jameis Winston wasn’t lighting teams up either but the differences between him and Siemian were pretty obvious, as Winston has more pocket awareness. Siemian has been a backup throughout his career for a reason.

Fans had seen enough of Siemian on Thanksgiving though, chanting “We want Taysom” in the first half. Well, Taysom Hill was only dressed as an emergency quarterback due to an injury to his foot.

If Hill isn’t good to go for this week’s game against the Cowboys, what do the Saints have to lose by starting Ian Book at quarterback?

NOLA Saints need to go with Ian Book at quarterback

The Saints spent a fourth-round pick on Book in this year’s draft and it surprised some people. Many assumed that if the team was going to go with a signal-caller, they’d have done so in the earlier rounds of the draft.

New Orleans clearly viewed Book as a project quarterback, as he was kept on the active roster along with three other signal-callers, but has only been active in one game. Even with just Siemian and Hill these past two weeks, Book hasn’t been active and it’s time for the team to kick that trend to the curb and activate Book.

Maybe Siemian gets the start if Hill isn’t good to go, but if and when he starts to struggle, why not give Book a chance? The Saints don’t have great weapons and that could be a reason not to throw Book out there but I say why the heck not?

If Book really has a rough time, the Saints will have a clearer answer as to what their quarterback situation could be like moving forward. If he plays well considering the circumstances, then they might be included to give him another year and see if he can consistently play well.

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