Sean Payton says he has no timetable to name a starting quarterback

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Saints coach Sean Payton told Peter King that Payton hopes to name a Week One starting quarterback before Saturday’s preseason finale. On Monday night, prior to the start of his preseason game against the Jaguars, Payton disputed the notion that a decision is coming by the end of the week.

Lisa Salters asked Payton if he has a timetable for making a decision between Taysom Hill and Jamies Winston.

“I don’t have one,” Payton said. “I don’t have one right now. Before we play the first game.”

The first game comes in 20 days against the Packers. The sooner the Saints pick a quarterback, the sooner they can get the quarterback ready to face Green Bay — in the hopes of getting the season off to a fast start.

26 responses to “Sean Payton says he has no timetable to name a starting quarterback

  1. All the years of salary cap games, spending tomorrow’s money today, has caught up with them.The window of opportunity for another SB has slammed shut. Now we’ll see what Payton can so sans Brees.

  2. If that first drive is any indication, he might be changing his mind and doing it tonight.

  3. Bit harder to make completions when your wide receivers are not open by 20 yards.

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    Trevor in jaxonville

  4. If Winston could just cut down 10 bad plays a year….just 10….he could be a good QB. That is so much easier said than done, though.

  5. The world is truly a wacky and strange place, The fact that Jameis Winston is being forced to compete with a guy who can’t even make half the throws he can pretty much sums up not always the best player gets on to the field,……………..
    However, I do blame Jameis and his Representatives for putting him in a situation like that since it’s very hard to ever get a fair shake when you are competing with the TEACHERS PET. Hence why they should have had Winston sign to another team. The bottom line is Jameis could win the Saints starting job and lose it by the 4th quarter or the next game.

  6. The Washington Football team truly drop the ball in terms of the off season QB they target. I said this last season if they sign jameis along with that defense they would be a legitimate SB contender. Since you would take a couple of Jameis glorified Punts that are interceptions with that DEFENSE since he can put up 31 + points on Offense.

  7. oldgrouch says:
    August 23, 2021 at 8:18 pm
    All the years of salary cap games, spending tomorrow’s money today, has caught up with them.The window of opportunity for another SB has slammed shut. Now we’ll see what Payton can so sans Brees.

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    Payton went 8-4 when someone other than Brees started over the last 15 years. Saints fans will gladly sign up for a continuation of that.

  8. Why would you name one when they are so different? It would be stupid to. As long as your number one get the reps why tell the world

  9. Anyone with half a brain knows he is starting Jameis and I can’t wait for him to shove it down all of these Bucs fans begging for it. Payton will get more out of him than Arians ever could.

  10. Winston is clearly the best Qb here and if not for Arians junk offense, he would have been viewed as a much better QB in Tampa. You see Brady changed the offensive philosophy after he threw a number of picks early on. NFL gets too complicated sometimes. Although I hate the Pats, I loved their game approach over the years. Keep it simple, wait for the other team to make a mistake, bring in checkdown Tommy, then Adam V and barely win the game.

  11. Winston will make some mistakes. That’s just part of his game. There have been many great QBs in NFL history for whom this is true. But he is a much better QB than Hill. No way around it.

  12. Lol. @oldgrouch, yeah, all it took was a global pandemic to catch up with them. Saints also have $10 mil in cap space and a solid core of elite players. Go learn some football before you open your pie hole again.

  13. Does anyone else think this is a make-it or break-it year for Payton? If he hasn’t sold ownership on the rebuilding year this really is – I think he’s out on his butt just like Pederson was in Philly.

  14. VisionTim says:
    August 24, 2021 at 9:00 am
    Does anyone else think this is a make-it or break-it year for Payton? If he hasn’t sold ownership on the rebuilding year this really is – I think he’s out on his butt just like Pederson was in Philly.

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    Uh, no. Gayle Benson is NOT Jeffrey Lurie. She signs the checks, asks Mickey Loomis and Sean Payton “What do you need”?, provides it, and stays out of the way. Payton has 15 years of credibility in the bank (including 7 division titles, a plus .500 record in pay=layoff games, and a Lombardi on the shelf. If three straight 7-9 seasons at one point didn’t get him fired, nothing will. He is there until he retires.

  15. Sure he has 15 years – with Drew Brees. It’s a different ball game now and he has to coach up two meh-QBs. Nothing is certain in the NFL.

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