Sean Payton’s New Orleans Saints were stuck in a dilemma heading into Week 11. Multiple rib injuries to veteran quarterback Drew Brees meant his season was over in Week 10 itself.
Coach Payton had to choose between youngster Jameis Winston or the experienced Taysom Hill to fill in at quarterback.
That proved to be a smart gamble by the veteran NFL coach. Hill starred in the Saints’ 24-9 win over NFC South rivals Atlanta Falcons in Week 11.
The dual-threat quarterback put in an impressive individual display to silence his doubter yet again this season. Is this the beginning of a new era at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome?
Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick made a recent appearance on Fox NFL’s First Things First. The 4-time Pro Bowler gave his 2 cents on the emergence of Taysom Hill as a potential successor to Drew Brees in New Orleans.
“Just looking at that drop in practice right there shows me that Taysom Hill, you know, is a guy that’s gonna be around in the National Football League for a long time at the quarterback position. Sean Payton can now look at life after football.
“Life after Drew Brees, excuse me. I’m sorry. He can start looking into the future and seeing life after Drew Brees man. Taysom Hill is the ultimate dual-threat….he’s hard to bring down and he played the show.
“You look at a guy like Taysom Hill, you can win football games with a quarterback like him with his stature with what he brings to the table. I’m gonna just say that. I’m gonna leave it down without everybody else,” Vick said on the show.
Hill will be key for the Saints as they play Vic Fangio’s Denver Broncos this weekend. Sean Payton’s boys are currently on an 8-2 record heading into Week 12.
They are at the top of the NFC South Division table above Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A win on Sunday will ensure that they hold on to the top spot and edge one step closer to the players despite the absence of their talisman, Drew Brees.