Bad Quarterback Play
This is another situation that the worst of it was brought out due to injuries, as Jameis Winston was injured in Week 8 and missed the rest of the season as a result. Winston wasn’t lighting the world on fire in his seven starts but the team was 5-2 and the former No. 1 overall pick was taking care of the football and doing what needed to be done to get the win.
When he went down, Trevor Siemian stepped in and at first looked okay but things spiraled with him in at quarterback pretty quickly. Siemian was particularly bad in the Week 12 loss to Buffalo and fans were chanting “We want Taysom” in the first half. Not ideal.
Taysom Hill eventually was cleared to return and the team continued to win with him at the helm but the offense wasn’t great, failing to score a touchdown in the 9-0 win over Tampa.
Lastly, we have rookie Ian Book, who was thrown to the wolves in the Week 16 blowout loss to Miami. Book didn’t really stand a chance in that game and it didn’t help that he was sacked eight times and had zero time to throw but he still made bad decisions and did nothing to show he could be a reliable option moving forward.
Had Winston remained healthy, he’d have been the starter and this might not have been a ‘worst of the season’ but the fact of the matter is that the quarterback play by the Saints was pretty atrocious in 2021.