The New Orleans Saints played as many as four quarterbacks this season, so “crazy” might even be a understatement.
Don’t forget the Saints also elevated Blake Bortles to the active roster, which will be a moment cemented in Twitter memes forever.
After Week 18, Trevor Siemian reflected on the wild ride that was the 2021 Saints season, commenting that it was one of the most chaotic periods he’s ever played through.
Siemian replaced Taysom Hill on Sunday, when Hill had to leave the game due to a Lisfranc injury, and Siemian made an immediate impact by finding Tre’Quan Smith in the end zone to give NOLA an eight-point lead.
He finished 9-of-15 for 71 yards and two touchdowns and no interceptions, playing what could be seen as his redemption game against Atlanta.
The last time the two teams met, Siemian started under center but couldn’t win what was then a very crucial divisional matchup.
Week 18 presented yet another pivotal game with huge playoff implications, and Siemian delivered.
Looking back on his 2021 season, Siemian described this past year as “chaos” but praised the zen-like leadership within the Saints’ locker room.
New Orleans Saints’ Trevor Siemian reflects on chaotic 2021 season
Chaos would certainly be one word to describe 2021, but we can think of a few words that are slightly more specific to the Saints’ season.
Surprising, for one. Head coach Sean Payton led the team to a 9-8 overall record, which should speak to just how experienced Payton is at the helm.
Resilient. Amid weekly injuries and COVID-19-affected roster changes, the Saints lost games, but they also won in incredibly inspiring ways. There’s exactly one game we’re thinking of here, and we bet you’re thinking it too: NOLA’s 9-0 shutout victory against the Bucs. We’ll relive that game over and over again forever.
One word that might describe Siemian in particular is: disappointing. In 2021, he played in six games this season and lost in all four of his starts.
After Jameis Winston suffered his season-ending injury, the Saints hoped Siemian’s previous NFL experience on Denver would help guide the team to success.
Siemian subsequently went 0-4, Payton demoted him to QB2, and Taysom Hill got the starts instead.
The Saints’ quarterback room remains “chaotic” for 2022, and it’s still unclear as to what direction the team will take. Keep Winston, keep Hill as a backup, poach a free agent, look for a promising rookie in the draft — Payton could make any one or more of these decisions this offseason.
Siemian could stick around as extra quarterback insurance but no more than that.
The Saints will be praying for much more stability next season, and that starts with having a consistent quarterback under center.