Taysom Hill made his first start of the 2021 season after losing the quarterback job to Jameis Winston over the summer. The start came as a result of Trevor Siemian struggling and many New Orleans Saints fans — myself included — felt like Hill could give the Saints a much-needed spark.
Welllll — He technically DID give them a spark but then it all fell apart in the fourth quarter. Hill tossed three interceptions in the final quarter of action and that simply cannot happen if a team wants to win games.
Hill spoke with the media following New Orleans’ 27-17 loss and was asked about the injury that he sustained during the game. In the first quarter, Hill looked to have injured his finger and discussed that with the media.
We all know that Hill is a tough player so it wasn’t surprising to see the quarterback come back in after he sustained that injury. Throwing a pass with a splint on your finger can’t be easy nor would running with an injured foot but Hill did both on Thursday night, so give the guy some credit.
During this loss, the Saints were gaining some momentum after putting up a field goal and making it a 13-10 game. After the defense forced a 3-and-out, the Saints’ offense was flagged and it was a ridiculous penalty, which Hill was asked about.
There was a nice rhythm during the game where Hill was constantly running with the football. This is something fans expected from him even with his hurt foot because he’s so good with the ball in his hands. Hill was fine with all of the run calls, so this is hopefully something he and Sean Payton stick with moving forward.
Taysom Hill discusses injury and play calls following Saints loss
All in all, it was an interesting night for Hill. After fans clamored to see him play last week, he took the field as a starter for the first time this season and it was very hit and miss. We saw a lot of good from Hill such as him totally taking over the game and running over guys. That hurdle he had in the third quarter was insane!
The fourth quarter, however, was when it stopped being fun for Hill. He threw three pretty bad picks and it was all downHILL (ugh) from there. He did recognize in his press conference that it’s hard to win games when you turn the ball over four times but most, if not all, players would recognize that.
Hill did give this offense a spark but that spark unfortunately ran out when the game was still within reach.