Following the New Orleans Saints‘ latest loss with career backup Trevor Siemian under center, it appears Sean Payton is finally coming to his senses. The well-paid Taysom Hill is currently scheduled to be the Saints’ starting quarterback against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday Night Football.
On paper, this is a no-brainer move. Hill is 3-1 as the Saints’ starting QB since 2019, compared to Siemian’s 0-4 record. If anything, Payton waited far too long to pull the plug on the whole Trevor Siemian experiment.
The Saints are in desperate need of a boost on offense
No matter how you sliced it, 2021 was going to be a challenging year for the Saints. They were operating without Drew Brees for the first time in over a decade. Jameis Winston was tasked with taking over the offense after an entire season of backing up Brees in 2020. However, Winston was by no means a solid product. Lengthy interception issues plagued his time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
However, the Sants jumped out to a surprising 5-2 record to begin the season. Winston was playing just well enough to keep the team in games.
Unfortunately for Winston and the Saints, this was a short-lived experience. Winston tore his ACL against the Buccaneers in Week 8, paving the way for Trevor Siemian to take over as the team’s primary starter due to Taysom Hill battling a concussion.
To put it bluntly, the Siemian experience was a complete disaster in New Orleans. The Saints have lost four straight since he was named QB1, dropping them out of the NFC playoff picture. Switching to HIll should presumably only improve the Saints’ offense. However, a murky situation is casting immense amounts of uncertainty on the situation.
Is Taysom Hill injured or not?
Hill was initially not available to replace Winston due to a concussion. However, it’s since been reported he’s dealing with a foot injury as well. The injury was not deemed terribly serious at first, seeing as he was suiting up for games. However, further details have since come out, painting the picture of a far graver situation.
According to Hill himself, he’s fighting through a partially torn plantar fascia.
“I had a partial [tear], which after learning about, they said you’d rather have a full tear,” Hill said. “I think that’s been what we’ve been working through in terms of pain management and tolerance. That’s been the challenge. I think we’re just getting to the point where I’m going to be dealing with pain. It’s just getting to the point where it doesn’t limit functionality.”
Taysom Hill is the Saints’ final hope, injured or not
The Saints are currently preparing Hill to start against the Cowboys with a partially torn foot. In fact, they’re planning for Hill to be their starter for the rest of 2021 with a partially torn foot.
That’s not ideal, for obvious reasons.
The Saints are desperate; there’s no debating that. However, banking on an injured Hill to will them back to the playoffs seems like a ridiculous decision. He’s barely a quarterback, to begin with.
However, the Saints are truly out of options. Winston is done for the year, Siemian is horrible, and the trade deadline is well passed. It’s injured Hill or bust for the Saints, which feels like a death sentence for their already evaporating playoff chances.
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