Sean Payton: Jameis Winston earned starting job

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The Saints hadn’t publicly named their starting quarterback when reports surfaced Friday that Jameis Winston was the guy. That became clear after the team’s Week 2 preseason game when Winston completed 9 of 10 passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns against the Jaguars.

Saints coach Sean Payton confirmed the news Tuesday.

“Jameis is going to be our starter,” Payton said, via Luke Johnson of “He’s done a great job. He’s earned that.”

Taysom Hill played well enough to win the job. Winston simply was better.

“They competed their tails off,” Payton said.

Winston’s ability to get the ball down the field, as evidenced by touchdown passes of 43 and 29 yards to Marquez Callaway against the Jaguars, intrigues the Saints. In 2019, Winston ranked second in the league in average completed air yards (8.2) and average intended air yards (10.5).

“The No. 1 thing is leading your offense, moving the ball and scoring points,” Payton said. “We feel like he’s got a unique skill set with his arm talent.”

8 responses to “Sean Payton: Jameis Winston earned starting job

  1. This is his shot. He didn’t get a real coach until year five and he never got to play with the version of the Bucs that won the Super Bowl, but now he’s got a coach who has been to the top and has done it with a very limited Brees the last few years not to mention putting in other QBs when he’s gotten hurt in recent years. Time to show and prove.

  2. Time will tell. I have no doubt Taysom Hill will respect that decision and continue to be a large factor in the offensive scheme. Hill wanted to be a starting qb,Peyton gave him a fair shot at it. He’s getting paid well,team and fans love him, still a good future with the saints.

  3. He Doesn’t start the entire season….
    JW resumes his place as most Ints since 2015 and gets benched!

  4. So Payton’s plan is to go with the guy that division rival Tampa Bay thought wasn’t better than 43 year old Tom Brady?

    Great plan!

  5. lemmetalkwouldya says:
    August 31, 2021 at 11:55 pm
    So Payton’s plan is to go with the guy that division rival Tampa Bay thought wasn’t better than 43 year old Tom Brady?

    Great plan!


    That’s one perspective. Another is that the Saints spanked the Bucs twice with a severely limited Brees and were leading in the 2nd half of the playoff game and driving for more when a fumble forced by the Bucs defense (kudos to them) turned the game around. Now Payton has a QB with a cannon for an arm who can benefit from his coaching. Given Payton’s record of creativity on offense over the past 15 years, Winston can only benefit. Saints fans will take our chances with that.

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