Sean Payton hopes to name starting quarterback by Saturday

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The mystery in New Orleans will be resolved sooner than expected.

Instead of keeping everyone guessing until days before the Week One regular-season opener against the Packers, coach Sean Payton hopes to name his starting quarterback before the final preseason game, on Saturday against the Cardinals.

That’s what Payton told Peter King for the latest edition of Football Morning in America.

Payton’s plan raises the stakes for Monday night’s preseason game against the Jaguars, making it essentially the closing argument for Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston. A key question is whether Payton would be tempted to go with Winston if it’s close, given that the Saints could put Hill on the field, too.

Regardless of whether Hill or Winston win the job, it’s safe to assume Payton will find a way to use both of them. He had no qualms in recent years to periodically take the ball out of the hands of one of the greatest quarterbacks in league history. The starting quarterback post-Drew Brees shouldn’t expect to be treated any differently.

16 responses to “Sean Payton hopes to name starting quarterback by Saturday

  1. But then again, does it really matter? With that QB situation it’s a weekly, “who’s currently plying least worst?” Good news is that #1 pick is just a few months away!

  2. It will be Winston. No other option really. That way Hill can still be a gadget player.

  3. Start Taysom Hill. Then the Pack can prove once and for all that Ted was correct in getting rid of him. The Pack would never start a gadget QB. Why keep him on roster? See ya.

  4. Please make it Jameis Winston , the human ATM (America’s turnover machine). Signed lifelong Buc’s fan

  5. Hill is the QB. Winston will come in on some plays so Hill can move out and isolate a defender ill equipped to cover or out muscle him as in the past.

  6. Jameis has done everything so far and even went as far as having eye surgery to improve his vision. It seems like a no brainer to start him but I don’t think he is the answer long term.

  7. Payton’s system makes most any QB look good: Bridgewater looked good, Hill completed 70% of his passes last year… Not saying either Hill or Winston are the long-term solution but they’ll likely be just fine offensively regardless who starts.

  8. It’s been named since last season after Payton realized how limited Hill was. The starter will be Jameis Winston.

  9. The problem with Jameis has always been inconsistency. He’ll have a big game or two and look like he’s finally turning the corner, and then he’ll start making turnovers and wildly inaccurate passes like crazy.

  10. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    August 23, 2021 at 11:30 am
    Jameis has done everything so far and even went as far as having eye surgery to improve his vision. It seems like a no brainer to start him but I don’t think he is the answer long term.


    Maybe your Jets can trade for him once they ruin Zach Wilson’s career

  11. Can’t imagine that the starter is not going to be Winston.

    If they name Hill the starter, they’re either playing him at QB full time and thus giving up his versatility or they’re going to rotate them to make use of that versatility which is saying that neither one is a true starter. The best solution would allow both players to contribute all they can to the team. That means starting Winston.

  12. It will be winston and payton and with a stronger armed QB the saints offense wont be so 10 yards or less on every pass.

  13. I don’t think there will be a clear cut “QB1” this season with the Saints. Winston will get a lot of snaps between the 20s and Hill will probably poach quite a few redzone snaps along with playing the “gadget” role. If Winston struggles I’m sure Payton will have no problems handing it over to Hill. They did give the guy a decent contract for what he does so you know they think highly of him. I think the Saints can be competitive, even with this weird QB combo. At this point it is about coaching and the scheme.

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