The New Orleans Saints shocked the world with a victory against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Sean Payton once again dialed up a brilliant game plan against Brady to get the victory, and the Saints have a lot to be happy about.
However, the injury to quarterback Jameis Winston is a significant concern, and the early signs don’t look good for his availability for the remainder of the season.
Winston suffered a gruesome knee injury and was carted to the locker room in the second quarter, prompting Trevor Siemian to come in and lead the Saints team to victory.
Now questions remain on what New Orleans should do with their quarterback room, and Cam Newton has to come to mind.
All signs point to the worst for Jameis Winston
At the time of the injury, it didn’t look good. If you didn’t see the clip, don’t.
Everybody’s worst fears have essentially been confirmed with his ACL and MCL being damaged. Saints head coach Sean Payton touched on the injury after the victory (h/t John Hendrix of SI Now).
“I cried myself coming in. You know, it’s hard.”Sean Payton on the injury to Jameis Winston
The fact Payton said that shows how severe the injury is. It is more than likely that Winston’s season is over, unfortunately.
Yes, the Saints got the victory in shocking fashion as P.J. Williams intercepted Brady and sent the Superdome into a massive uproar with victory on their lips.
While the Saints walked out with the win, the injury to Winston is the biggest concern. For now, it looks as if Winston’s season has reached an end.
The Saints need to address their quarterback situation and should give Cam Newton a long, hard look
On the one hand, Siemian didn’t play terribly. He finished the game going 16-of-29 for 159 yards and a score. But as we advance, is he the answer? The answer is no.
Even if Siemian is the answer, they need a backup. Taysom Hill is still recovering from injury, and after that is rookie Ian Book out of Notre Dame.
The Saints improved to 5-2 on the year and are surprisingly just one victory behind the Buccaneers in a confusing NFC South. The Saints can make the playoffs, and right now are in the thick of the playoff picture.
Is Cam Newton an upgrade? Probably. Moreover, Payton had dealt with going up against Newton for years when he was the quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, so he is no stranger to his tendencies.
Hill is not the answer. After all, everybody saw how that worked out last season in the absence of Drew Brees. Siemian might be, but even with the victory, his performance wasn’t eye-popping.
Newton hasn’t played all season after being cut from the New England Patriots before the beginning of the campaign. The Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys were both rumored to explore Newton, although neither team pulled the trigger.
The Carolina Panthers saw Sam Darnold go down on Sunday and could give Newton a look, although who knows how he feels about that one.
It might not be pretty, but who knows? The Saints are a run-first team with Alvin Kamara leading the charge, and it wouldn’t cost much to bring in Newton for the rest of the season.
The clock is ticking on the season for New Orleans and something needs to be done
The injury to Winston is dreadful. But the Saints need to do something — and quickly. The NFL trade deadline is approaching, and perhaps they trade for a quarterback. Or maybe they decide to stick with Siemian, although that doesn’t sound too promising.
Newton is out there for the taking and arguably the best free-agent quarterback on the market. The Saints already used their bye, and they have games against the Atlanta Falcons, Tennessee Titans, and Philadelphia Eagles for the next three weeks in a make-or-break stretch.
All eyes will be on Winston’s status, and even more eyes will be on New Orleans as they aim to address the quarterback situation.
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