Taysom Hill gives himself a B or B-plus for first start

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Saints quarterback Taysom Hill had a pretty good idea on Monday night that he’d get his biggest test in the NFL on Sunday.

After registering his first career win in his first career start, I asked Hill what grade he’d give himself.

“I don’t know,” Hill said initially. “I haven’t seen the film yet. At first glance, honestly, I was happy with the game. Disappointed of the fumble and I feel like that was my biggest indicator going into the game was make sure we take care of the ball. Overall, we did that and again I was disappointed of the fumble I had. So maybe a B, B-plus with that.”

I then asked Hill who gave him the best advice he received this week.

“I spent so much time with Drew [Brees] preparing for the game,” Hill said. “And he was so great. I would say maybe the best advice I received was being patient, letting the game come to you, not feeling that I need to press in any way and make the plays when they come your way.”

At times in the first half, it looked like he may have been pressing. Hill said it didn’t feel that way.

“Obviously there were some drives that we didn’t take advantage of that we were disappointed in,” Hill said. “I felt like overall we kind of did that to ourselves and so I wasn’t all really worried about it. I felt like we were gonna get things situated and fixed and we could put some great drivers together later.”

And they did. Hill said he physically feels great after playing a full game for the first time in a long time, a game in which he ran the ball 10 times for 51 yards and two touchdowns and threw 23 passes.

“I didn’t take a ton of big hits,” Hill said. “Feel like we were able to get the ball out and avoid anything crazy. I feel good.”

Assuming he’ll get the start next weekend at Denver, where and how does he need to improve (beyond ball security)?

“I think a couple of throws I was a little disappointed in,” Hill said. “Ones that just kind of slipped out of my hands. . . . I think those things are easy to clean up. . . . I think that drives that went really well we were in and out of the huddle, and I think that’s one of the things that makes us so difficult to defend. . . Our tempo when we’re at our best is really good. I would just say making sure that I run and manage everything inside our offense at a really efficient level so we can play with speed and great tempo.”

Hall was solid on Sunday, and it helped that the defense was suffocating. It bodes well for the Saints for as long as Brees is out — and into 2021, if Brees retires.

10 responses to “Taysom Hill gives himself a B or B-plus for first start

  1. Where are all those trash talkers who were saying the Saints season was over, that Taysom Hill was trash and that Sean Payton couldn’t win without Brees or was a bad QB coach?

  2. Well, if they really wanted a sound bite, they should have asked him if he thought he was ‘elite’.

  3. I think Hill made a statement today. Could be good for Winston in the sense that so far, he learned a lot just by interacting with Payton and Brees. Now could be the time for him, at this stage of his career, to find a team, in need of a good QB with great upside, a team that would have faith in him.

  4. After 10 games, the Saints are sitting on the #1 seed in the NFC. That is a good place to be. Saints have won seven in a row, just need to string together another nine wins, including playoffs and Super Bowl, and end this thing. They are capable of running the table.

  5. Congratulations Taysom, we look forward to watching you settle in and hone your skills with even more game experience! Geaux Saints!!!

  6. Defense played GREAT.

    I will say Taysom played MUCH better than I thought he would. I’m pleasantly surprised – I love when “running” Qb’s win.

    If the TEAM plays this well, he can win games and keep them at the top of the NFC

  7. Taysom was so efficient that he had a 108 passer rating without even throwing a touchdown.

    Where’s all the people that said he can’t throw a ball? Where are they? They sure talked a lot of noise this week, where are they now?

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