New Orleans Saints’ Taysom Hill was never going to win any awards for his 2021 performance under center, but he did place at the bottom of the league according to one telling statistic.
Hill somehow finished with a 4-1 quarterback record in five starts last season, yet his numbers across the board erase any possibility of him being considered a starting-caliber signal-caller.
In 2021, Hill threw for 978 yards and four touchdowns against five interceptions, recording an average quarterback rating of 42.5.
Hill showed explosive speed and footwork against tough defenses but failed to consistently sustain drives in the passing game, leading the Saints to one of the franchise’s worst offensive efficiency periods in recent history.
Efficiency and big-time throws go hand in hand, so it should come as no surprise that Hill is considered one of the worst quarterbacks in the league per PFF’s graph conflating big-time throw rate and turnover-worthy plays.
Taysom Hill cannot be QB1 for the New Orleans Saints in 2022
Per the graph above, Hill is in the bottom right which means he has high turnover-worthy plays and a low big-time throw rate. He’s ranked down there with San Francisco 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo and Miami Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa.
The graph only shows one of many categories to judge a quarterback’s skill level, and those ranked highest per PFF’s data aren’t necessarily deemed the best in the league.
Cardinals’ Kyler Murray, for example, is in theory the best at generating big-time throws while limiting his turnover-worthy plays, but his meltdown against the Rams in the Wild Card round of the playoffs suggests otherwise.
Jimmy G got farther than he probably should have in the postseason; the ever “volatile” Matthew Stafford ended up besting the squeaky clean Joe Burrow in the Super Bowl. The data only tells us so much.
All that said, Hill simply cannot be viewed as a starting-caliber quarterback for any NFL team in 2022. At least Jameis Winston ranks in the desirable sector with a high percentage of big-time throws and a moderate turnover-worthy play rate — Hill, on the other hand, has almost no redeemable qualities.
This isn’t meant to be a Hill hate piece, as venomous as it sounds. It’s meant to put Hill’s quarterback performance on paper and show just how inadequate Hill was in 2021 despite his 4-1 record.
Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Joe Burrow — those are the guys who help their teams win games. By contrast, the Saints won in spite of Hill last season, and the data proves that Hill will always be a liability under center.