Sean Payton wants to see what Taysom Hill can do (along with everyone else)

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Plenty of reasons could be identified for the Saints’ decision to give quarterback Taysom Hill the start on Sunday, in the absence of Drew Brees. Reportedly, one of the reasons is good, old-fashioned curiosity.

Via Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, New Orleans coach Sean Payton has a desire to learn what Hill can do not as a jack-of-all-trades but as the full-time quarterback.

Sean just wants to know,” said an unnamed source “with a deep knowledge of Payton’s thinking” told Rapoport.

We all want to know. The Saints presumably have an inkling, given the $16 million in guaranteed money given to Hill on a two-year deal, and in light of the fact that Hill has been listed all year long as the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart.

It will take more than Hill’s skills to thrive in the moment. He’ll need to be able to mentally meet the challenge of running the offense. Rapoport notes that Hill “battle[d] nerves early on in the week,” and that, “[a]t one point, it seemed like the enormity of the situation might overwhelm him.”

The weeklong mystery regarding which quarterback will play and how much could add to Hill’s anxiety. Perhaps that’s part of Payton’s genius. By refusing to say who’ll play, an otherwise routine Week 11 game against the Falcons becomes a much bigger deal. Sort of like a playoff game.

And if Hill is going to be the New Orleans quarterback, he’ll eventually need to perform in a playoff game.

25 responses to “Sean Payton wants to see what Taysom Hill can do (along with everyone else)

  1. In the playoff loss to the Vikings last season, in the biggest game of the season, in the biggest moment, Taysom Hill PUT THE TEAM ON HIS BACK. I think the guy will be up the challenge today against the NFLs 32nd best defense.

  2. At some point you have to find out if Hill can live up to Payton’s hype, and that guaranteed money.

    All the doubters might be right, but we’ll never know if he doesn’t get the opportunity.

    I’m looking forward to this game, and the offensive gameplan on such short notice, which Payton appears to be highly capable of producing. I do expect a heavy dose of Kamara, though. It would be foolish not to make him the focal point of the offense, while easing Hill into the passing game.

  3. brees4mvp says:
    November 22, 2020 at 9:41 am

    In the playoff loss to the Vikings last season, in the biggest game of the season, in the biggest moment, Taysom Hill PUT THE TEAM ON HIS BACK. I think the guy will be up the challenge today against the NFLs 32nd best defense.
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    c’mon man, stop being such a Homer.

    Hill threw one duck to an uncovered receiver.

    Funny thing is same dudes riding Hill’s jock are the same dude’s insulting Lamar and saying he’s a RB.

    Lamar is what Hill dreams of being – IF he has the ability to dream that big.

    I mean MAYBE Hill surprises me and doesn’t absolutely STINK the joint up, but in a League that is QB driven, funny that dude is almost middle-aged and this is his first career start. Scrubs like Hoyer get playing time year after year – so just imagine a how bad Hill really is that it’s been years since he got the call. I mean they played Bridgewater coming off a career threatening injury before him…

  4. The saints are in terrible cap shape next year.
    They wasted a lot of money on hills contract.
    It’s going to end up really hurting them especially when he is shown not to be a starting quarterback

  5. Payton is more familiar with what Hill can do than anyone else. Taysom Hill isn’t just an athlete. He’s actually a pretty good QB, too. Sometimes the athletic guys like Russell Wilson and Dak Prescott get drafted much later than they should have because they get a false label put on them, and Hill wasn’t even drafted. Even Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers got drafted way too late. Hill is definitely on track to take over for Brees some day. That day could be fast approaching. Payton will not get pressured into making an instant evaluation, either. Hill will be his QB, but the remainder of the season might let Payton know if he should be thinking about acquiring another QB in the off-season. Guys like Jameis Winston, Cam Newton, Nick Foles, Andy Dalton, and Joe Flacco have a lot of NFL starts under their belts, so coaches already know their capabilities. They’re basically good backups who could step in and start in a pinch. That’s exactly what you want in a backup. Hill might not become a great QB, but he hasn’t proven anything, one way or the other, but he’s about to be given an opportunity.

  6. I really like Taysom Hill. He’s a true football renaissance man. And I hope he does well. That said, if he were a true franchise QB he would have been starting somewhere long before now. And, sorry, but he’s a bit of a fumbler.

  7. Do you know how many years it’s been said that NOis in terrible cap shape next year. And yet they sign and resign the players they want.

  8. I watched all Taysom’s 2019 preseason snaps at QB. I saw what I needed to see. The man can play QB. He completed 40 of 59 throws and a good 6-7 of those incompletions were blatant drops. He has pocket sense and knows how to move within the pocket as well as being able to escape to the outside. He throws accurate on the run. His footwork is excellent. I’m not saying he’s going to look amazing right off the bat, being thrown into the fire like he is today, but when Sean says he is the QB of the future, I have no doubt he’s right.

  9. My prediction is that this experiment will last only until Hill throws a horrible interception, which will happen very early on. He’s not an NFL caliber quarterback.

  10. Hill clearly understands the offense very well given that he’s capable of playing different positions in different formations and personnel groups. I’m excited to see what the guy can do, and I’m not a Saints fan at all.

  11. I want brady to have all the records and win the nfc, but not because brees can’t play. hope he can be 100% for playoff run. i will never stop respecting brees and peyton for humiliating manning and clots in that bowl.

  12. I wouldn’t be the least bit shocked if Hill plays well today and the Saints win the game. The challenge will be the next game and the ones after that. What will he look like after other teams get a good look at what he does well and where he struggles. NFL defenses have a way of exposing a quarterback’s weaknesses. Grab your popcorn and see what happens in his first start.

  13. “Sean just wants to know,” said an unnamed source “with a deep knowledge of Payton’s thinking” told Rapoport.”
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    Sean just wants to know. Yeah. This is typical Rapoport. He makes something up and cites an unnamed source. It is and always has been his MO. No one bothers with vetting anymore.

  14. Hill has the same skill set as Kaepernick. If Hill blows up that could open a door for Kaep. I’m not a fan of either I’m just observing the situation.

  15. vavikingfan says:
    November 22, 2020 at 12:57 pm

    He’s better than Winston.

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    Winston would be successful in this offense too, given enough time to learn it.

    Sean Payton knows what he is doing and it’s time even his most ardent haters acknowledge that.

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