Sean Payton: Taysom Hill sees himself as a starting QB, and we do too

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Sean Payton does not believe in the old adage that if you have two quarterbacks you have none.

The Saints re-signed Drew Brees and placed a first-round tender on Taysom Hill, and Payton said on ESPN that the reason the Saints put a first-round tender on Hill is that they think he’s a starting quarterback — just not actually the starter until Brees retires.

“First and foremost, we still view him as a quarterback. We spent a lot of time this offseason discussing our vision for him this season at quarterback,” Payton said of Hill.

But Payton said Hill is too good an athlete to spend game days on the sideline holding a clipboard.

“He’s a tremendous blocker. I don’t think people realize how fast he is — he’s one of the two or three fastest guys on our team,” Payton said. “I think Taysom sees himself as being a starting quarterback in this league, and we do too.”

Hill will get plenty of reps at quarterback with the first-string offense because the Saints believe the 41-year-old Brees will benefit from time off in practice. Eventually, that practice time will serve Hill well, as the Saints believe Hill can be the heir apparent to Brees.

17 responses to “Sean Payton: Taysom Hill sees himself as a starting QB, and we do too

  1. He’s thrown 13 career passes, and completed 6. If Brees retires after this year he would be 31 yrs old before he becomes a starter. Can you say Brandon Weeden?

  2. “He’s a tremendous blocker.” That’s not what I want to hear when a head coach is talking about their future starting quarterback.

  3. I love the idea that Hill is being groomed as the successor to Brees. Does everyone realize that Hill will be 30 years old when (if) this season starts?

    If Brees plays two more years, that means the Saints will be handing over the reigns to the future of their franchise to a 32 player who hadn’t started a meaningful game at QB in over 5 years (well, assuming no Brees injuries over that span).

    Listen, I love me Taysom Hill, but this doesn’t sound like a great plan to me.

  4. Hill will get plenty of reps at quarterback with the first-string offense because the Saints believe the 41-year-old Brees will benefit from time off in practice. Eventually, that practice time will serve Hill well, as the Saints believe Hill can be the heir apparent to Brees.

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    Um… read the news lately?
    I don’t think they will be practicing much.

  5. Bucs Nation does too.

    There is such a thing as Sucs Nation? Better check all those visiting fans in your stadium. Dead Arm Brady won’t help that.

    TH7 gonna surprise ya’ll. Payton knows how to develop a QB. Ask Romo, Brees, or Bridgewater.

  6. He’s definitely a good player, but what kind of player he is is up for asking. I can’t fault Hill for seeing himself as competent at his position though, and none of us should. We shouldn’t fault Payton for having public confidence in a guy that he’ll use a lot this year, either.

    That said, we haven’t seen Hill do anything to show us that himself. He can throw, but a lot of guys can throw. Jeff George could throw. What makes a QB starting caliber is a level of consistent good decision making. Hill hasn’t shown us anything terrible, but we haven’t seen him do anything beyond one-off plays at the QB position.

    Most importantly, he’s 30. QBs can play a long time these days, but if Brees retires this year like we expect, then Hill will take over (assuming he wins the job) at 31. Realistically, there are only a handful of quality years you’ll get out of him, which may be even fewer because of how many more hits he’ll have taken than your standard 31 year old quarterback.

  7. Hill couldn’t beat out Teddy. Teddy is ok, not great. If this is really the plan, they better either A) draft a QB to groom as competition for when this doesn’t work, or; B, relieve Payton of his duties as he’s already cost Brees, several chances at rings.

  8. My gut feeling is we will see a significant increase in the number of plays with hill as qb, including passing plays. This should provide a much better clue as to starting qb potential.

  9. In this same interview, I believe Payton said this was Drew’s last season with the team. That seems worth mentioning?

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