Saints quarterback Drew Brees is anticipated to overlook time after struggling a rib harm in Sunday’s sport in opposition to the 49ers.
#Saints QB Drew Brees suffered a rib contusion in yesterday’s sport, and he’ll have an MRI for cartilage injury at the moment. However sources inform me and @TomPelissero that New Orleans is bracing for Brees to overlook a while to totally heal.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 16, 2020
It is not clear how a lot time Brees will miss, however NFL Media’s report signifies he’ll not less than be out for one sport, and probably extra. This then opens up the query of who will change Brees shifting ahead. We noticed each Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill take some snaps in Sunday’s sport when Brees exited, however will the sport plan change in any respect now that the group has a full week of preperation?
For starters, let’s break down the case for every participant.
The case for Jameis Winston
Winston is listed because the third quarterback on the Saints’ official depth chart, however he has been energetic in each sport this season. It is virtually remarkable for a group to have three energetic quarterbacks on gameday, so this clearly signifies the Saints like Winston energetic in case one thing occurs to Brees.
That is precisely what occurred in opposition to the 49ers, and we noticed Winston are available and take over many of the quarterback duties. Winston clearly has his issues, and that led to his departure from the Bucs, however he is nonetheless a proficient quarterback. He is certainly one of solely seven quarterbacks in NFL historical past to have 5,000+ passing yards in a single season.
Going to Winston would additionally observe New Orleans’ sport plan from final yr. When Brees was injured, the Saints turned to Teddy Bridgewater as a substitute of Hill.
The case for Winston is fairly easy: You may have a veteran quarterback who has confirmed he can throw the ball and wins video games as a pure quarterback. Going to Hill full time could be dangerous, particularly when your group is in a heated NFC playoff race and the Bucs are shut behind within the NFC South standings.
The case for Taysom Hill
Saints coach Sean Payton stated in 2019 that Hill “often is the subsequent Steve Younger.” You understand, the NFL Corridor of Fame quarterback Steve Younger. Regardless of Hill solely having 18 common season cross makes an attempt in his NFL profession, Payton is extraordinarily excessive on the do-it-all quarterback.
“Nicely, if you happen to look again at Steve’s profession, and folks don’t keep in mind his time earlier than he got here into the NFL, you had a really athletic participant that I feel superior when he acquired to San Francisco. And he at all times had nice potential together with his legs,” Payton stated, elaborating on his comparability.
It is also one thing Payton introduced up in conversations with NBC Sports activities’ Peter King. This led King to put in writing the next:
I feel I’d nonetheless make the Saints beginning QB job Taysom Hill’s to lose, when the 2021 season opens, if Brees certainly retires. This hole yr for Jameis Winston in New Orleans shall be a problem for him to show he can change from the mistake-prone man he’s been for 5 years into an environment friendly participant. And this will increase the problem for Hill to show he deserves the religion Sean Payton has positioned in him.
Having had a number of conversations with Payton about his future quarterback plans, I do know he believes Hill has an opportunity to be a Steve Younger sort out and in of the pocket, however till he does it, that’s all only a educated feeling for Payton. I do know Payton won’t stand for a quarterback who turns it over like Winston has.
The case for Hill is that this: You are paying him $16 million (in comparison with Winston’s $1.1M) and also you consider he is similar to Steve Younger. Why not see if Hill can really be a beginning quarterback and never only a gadget participant, and probably have your future quarterback plan set in case Brees retires after this season?
Will Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill change Drew Brees?
Whereas the Saints could go a special route on Sunday, it appears pretty clear the group will principally change Brees with Winston. Hill will get taking part in time, although, though it isn’t clear simply how a lot. In 2019, Hill’s utilization with Brees energetic was 5.6% in comparison with 4.9% with Bridgewater. Nevertheless, his utilization has gone up in 2020 to 9.4%.
Hill additionally performed a season-high 37% of the offensive snaps in Sunday’s sport in opposition to the 49ers when Brees was injured. However not all of these had been snaps at quarterback. If you break that down, Winston performed 29 snaps at quarterback (together with three kneel downs) in comparison with Hill’s seven.
Though Winston will possible change Brees within the short-term because the group’s main passer, do not be shocked if Hill takes over for a complete collection. We noticed that occur late within the fourth quarter after Brees’ harm.
Hill has seen an general improve in utilization this yr, and performed a season-high after Brees’ harm. He could not begin and play each down, however count on plenty of switching between Winston and Hill as Brees is sidelined.