Sean Payton compares Taysom Hill to Steve Young

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The Saints have found a useful role for third-string quarterback Taysom Hill.

And Saints coach Sean Payton isn’t afraid of dreaming big, even if it means comparing him to a Hall of Famer.

Via Nathan Brown of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Payton invoked the name of Hill’s fellow BYU product Steve Young when talking about what his young quarterback could do, and didn’t back away from such a lofty comparison.

“If you look back at Steve’s career, people don’t remember the time before he came to the NFL, you have a very athletic player that, I think, advanced when he got to San Francisco,” Payton said. “He always had great ability with his legs, so you’re trying to create visions for players, and that’s no different than how you’d evaluate how we see Teddy Bridgewater progressing and what we think he can be. That’s the business we’re in.”

Admittedly, it’s a projection. But Hill has made some strides, and his performance against the Chargers was encouraging. He was 11-for-16 for 136 yards and two touchdowns, against L.A.’s deep reserves, though Payton said it was more about the work he’s done all offseason.

“We’ve seen a significant growth with both him and Teddy,” Payton said. “You’re seeing things take place on a day-to-day basis that maybe weren’t happening a year ago.”

The good news is, Payton doesn’t have to turn Hill into Young just yet, he has a future Hall of Famer of his own atop the depth chart.

16 responses to “Sean Payton compares Taysom Hill to Steve Young

  1. Idiotic statement…other than both attending BYU, how does a third string qb compare to a HOF qb?

  2. besides the ability to scramble and their skin color those are the only similarities i see between Taysom Hill & Steve Young, i thought Payton was a little smarter than that….SMH!

  3. I do see Hill as the heir apparent to Drew Brees. He is being groomed behind one of the best to ever play the position and his athletic ability is off the charts. He may not ever make Saints fans forget about Brees of course, but when Drew hangs them up the transition will be a lot smoother.

  4. Meh. Taysom Hills are becoming a dime a dozen. Lots of kids playing QB in college can run these days. Take that Tate kid at Arizona. He can for like 200yds on any given Saturday. But good luck being as accurate and smart as Steve Young was.

  5. Taysom Hill might be better today than Steve Young was back then.

    Hear me out before you get butthurt.

    Steve Young was a gifted athlete that really thrived in the west coast offense. He was able to move around the pocket with grace (and sometimes with sheer will) and make throws. The offensive style inflated his completion percentage, but it was still quite high for the times… between 65-70%. But in his first 4 seasons, he was well under 60%.

    Steve Young was a great athlete for his time, but his speed back then vs Taysom’s speed now isn’t even comparable. Hill returns freaking kicks. As a QB! That’s unheard of.

    Truth is both players came out as unpolished throwers. In the end, Hill is a better football player, Young was a better QB. I think Young had a chance to focus on being a QB, where Hill has be given the “Slash” label.

    Which brings me to my final point – There is a true comp to Hill… and that is Cordell “Slash” Stewart. That was the clearly obvious comp. But interesting they went with the “other mobile white QB” instead.

  6. Much agree with superfanentertainment. Athletic QBs are just the cheap fashion – a rush to the bottom by shallow colleges because it’s hard and takes time to develop the pocketeer the NFL prefers. Taysom also lacks Young’s durability, often injured in college and so won’t last long as a slash either. Interesting but gimmicky. Not Young 2.0 – Pack were right to move on.

  7. So Crates says:
    August 20, 2019 at 9:17 am
    Taysom Hill might be better today than Steve Young was back then.

    If Taysom Hill is as accurate as Young was, and able to read defenses and make key plays then why isn’t he a starter?
    Why wasn’t he drafted in the first round.
    If he’s better than a HOF QB then why wouldn’t the Saints showcase him for a trade?

    In fact …
    If Taysom Hill is as good as a HOF QB then let Brees retire after this year and go with Taysom Hill.

  8. Hill is a better thrower than some of you think. Check out some highlights of his college career. Strong arm that just needs a little polish.

  9. I agree with intrafinesse:

    Steve Young’s first year as a starter in Tampa Bay, the team went 3-16 with him as a starter. During that time he threw 11 td’s and 21 int’s completing less than 55% of his passes. He was traded to SF and sat behind Hall of Famer Joe Montana four years before coming into his own. Hill is sitting behind Hall of Famer Drew Brees and learning from him just as Young did from Montana. It’s quite possible that if he keeps progressing Hill could have a similar career…

  10. He has a long long way to go before that comparison could be made. A lot of raw talent but inconsistent

  11. Remember that time when Young blocked that punt? Me neither.

    5. JJ Stokes 4. Brent Jones 3. John Taylor 2. Terrell Owens 1. Jerry Rice

    Of that list of Young’s top 5 wrs, only Stokes hasn’t been, at least, nominated to the hof. Unfair to compare raw Hill to mature Young, who just spent 4 years behind Montana and was throwing to some of the best receivers the game has ever seen.

    Kordell comparison is terrible. He ran away from people, Hill runs through them. Never saw him cover a kick, neither. No comparison.

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