Dennis Allen comfortable with decision to play Andy Dalton over Jameis Winston

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Saints quarterback Jameis Winston started the first three games before a back injury. He never saw the field again.

Even when the Saints were mired in a 2-6 stretch after Winston’s injury, they never turned back to Winston after he was healthy enough to return.

Allen had a one-word answer when asked Monday if he had a good enough evaluation of Winston.

“Yeah,” Allen answered, not elaborating.

Winston passed for 858 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions, and the Saints were 1-2 in his starts this season. Dalton passed for 2,871 yards with 18 touchdowns and nine interceptions as the Saints went 6-8 in his starts.

“Well look, I think initially it was the injury issue,” Allen said of Winston’s benching, via John Hendrix of And then as time went on, I felt like Andy was the one who gave us a better opportunity to win. And we didn’t win enough games, so all those things are always gonna be questioned and second-guessed. I don’t know if second-guessed is the right word but be questioned. And I’m comfortable with that.”

Winston is under contract in 2023, while Dalton is scheduled for free agency.

The Saints surely will try to upgrade at the position during the offseason.

“I think the quarterback position is always going to be the biggest position,” Allen said, “so certainly that’ll be a position we evaluate, as will everything else.”

12 responses to “Dennis Allen comfortable with decision to play Andy Dalton over Jameis Winston

  1. Dalton absolutely freezes if his first option is covered. It was painful to watch. Somehow, Sean Payton coaxed a 5-2 record out of Winston before he got hurt. Dalton goes 6-9 under Dennis Allen. I rest my case.

  2. Dennis Allen should be fired. He’s a terrible head coach. This team severely underperformed.

  3. I think most fans agreed!
    No team can win unless they win in the turnover battle… We ALL KNOW

  4. I think your splitting hairs here trying to point blame for starting Dalton over Winston. I think id go with Winston after the fact, but thats with the benefit of hindsight and honestly I dont think youd get much different results. If it were as simple as starting Winston over Dalton Sean Payton would still be there.

  5. Anyone else notice that Winston wasn’t the same QB we saw under Sean Payton? I wonder why…Dennis Allen?

    That said, I will admit, Winston does tend to hold onto the ball too long.

  6. Since 2015 I’ve said Winston is a backup QB at best. The Bucs alone wasted 5 years of my season ticket money to realize what most knew, and the Saints took 2 years. How many fan heartbeats went to the dump over Jaemeis?

  7. Give Taysom the job so we can win again, clueless DA wont tho which means next year will be another failure

  8. Winston fan bois take note. When your guy isn’t good enough to beat out peak Andy Dalton, he’s no good. Never mind tired, old, retread Andy Dalton

  9. Having to choose between “bad” and “worse” really doesn’t have much of a difference in outcome potential. You’ll lose with both but the difference is points allowed by turnovers.

  10. Jameis had no chance, he was Sean Payton guy and when DA got a chance not to use him he stuck with it. Andy Dalton is a back QB period, like DA is not a head coach material period. See where that got the Saints

  11. Andy Dalton is a terrible QB, and has proven that on multiple teams. You have to totally question Dennis Allen’s evaluation skills and coaching if you think he should be starting. The Saints are a decent team, that should have done much better. I would fire Allen if I were the Saints, on this decision alone. This is a bad coach.

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