The New Orleans Saints quarterback carousel ride isn’t over yet. The team’s current quarterback room features Jameis Winston, Andy Dalton, and…the return of Taysom Hill?
Saints legend Drew Brees quietly snuck in his support for Hill playing quarterback snaps in 2022 despite head coach Dennis Allen clearly stating Hill will assume a tight end role this season.
Ever since joining NOLA in 2017, Hill has failed to earn a starting spot at quarterback and only played under center last year because Jameis Winston got injured. Yet Hill has somehow accrued a 7-2 career record, and his questionable talents at the position have caught the eye of a widely esteemed former quarterback.
Brees told NOLA’s Jeff Duncan:
"“With those two guys, plus the role that Taysom plays, which I still am a believer that Taysom should be playing 10-15 snaps at quarterback a game at a minimum, just with the threat he is. I know he’s so valuable in so many other ways…I think they’re pretty set at quarterback."
Brees refers to Winston and Andy Dalton as the “two guys” in the Saints’ quarterback room, and barring any injuries, the team are indeed set at quarterback for at least the 2022 season.
As much as we love Brees, we have to ask: Why does he think Hill should still play snaps under center?
Drew Brees may be the only person in the world who thinks Saints’ Taysom Hill should play QB
Hill’s legs are arguably his most distinguished feature as a signal-caller, and he had his share of impressive rushes in 2021 in which he dodged, ducked, and hurdled over defenders. As a passer, though, Hill lacks arm strength and precision and never could muster any chemistry with his wide receivers.
He passed for a career-high 978 yards last season but recorded four touchdowns against five interceptions with a 58.2 pass completion rate — definitely not starting QB potential, or even any QB potential, for that matter. After five unsuccessful years of trying to fit a square Taysom Hill into a round signal-caller position, the Hill experiment is finally, thankfully, over.
Brees implies Hill shouldn’t be the starter but rather a rotational piece or a trick play maestro, but how much of an advantage would that be to a team that has struggled with quarterback instability for the last year and a half?
Hill is better off playing out the rest of his contract as a tight end where he can show off his best qualities — his speed, his size, his trickiness — and maximize his efficiency and production on the field.
Brees must be drinking some of Sean Payton’s juice because there’s no way Hill is touching the ball under center in 2022.
Winston’s got the arm, Dalton’s got experience, and Hill has…versatility. That doesn’t really fly in the modern quarterback era, not when you’re competing against former first-rounders and bonafide studs.