Saints Name Taysom Hill As Starting QB After Brees Is Put On Injured Reserve

Posted by | November 21, 2020 .

On Sunday, will Sean Payton and Taysom Hill finally quiet doubters and critics as they usher in the Taysom Hill Experience in New Orleans Saints Football?

Saints fans and Who Dats from all over the world welcome to the Taysom Hill experience. Well, the day finally comes in the Big Easy, where Taysom Hill is no longer an experiment but an experience.

Like a skillful gambler, Sean Payton has yet to show his hand and acknowledge Hill will start over Winston on Sunday against the Falcons. Reports from Adam Schefter, Diana Russini, and Tom Pelissero have him penciled-in as the starter. This may be the case. Or, not.

Is this a great Sean Payton Bluff? Possibly. I also bet and believe Coach Payton is going “all in” with Taysom Hill.

THE UNCOMMON

I cannot recall if Cris Collinsworth or Mark Schlereth shared how Sean Payton believes he has to be “uncommon” in his decision-making and play-calling. While many a Taysom Hill fan rejoices, an equal number of NFL experts are still scratching their heads attempting to rationalize his choice.

I told 103.7 The Game’s radio host Jordy Hultberg on Friday, “as a coach, sometimes he must go with your gut” in making these calls. Maybe in this instance, Payton’s gut could have been the deciding factor, but let’s face facts. The NFL has been evolving from the pure pocket passer to the “dual-threat” quarterback for some time now.

LEADERSHIP AND CONSISTENCY

One of my favorite movies is Any Given Sunday with Academy Award winners Al Pacino and Jamie Foxx. When the stalwart veteran QB Jack “Cap” Rooney, played by Dennis Quaid, goes down from back injury, Steamin’ Willie Beamen enters stage left to keep the team afloat upon Cap’s return to the lineup. Sounds familiar in the NFL.

No matter the physically god-gifted talents Beamen possessed, he still had to become a leader of men. He learned this in the end as he watched Cap in a playoff game, where eventually, Beamen was called on to help the team win.

Leadership has never been a question for 30-year-old Hill. While at BYU, he returned from devastating injuries and kept leading his team. Saints fans quickly gravitated to Hill because of his gritty and passionate style of play. He won them over early and often.

The question about Taysom is not his physicality nor his leadership, but his consistency. Can he make the plays in the passing game, which were an issue for him in training camps and preseason games? As a player, all you need are the repetitions in practice and confidence placed in you from your coach to make up the difference.

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