New Orleans Saints to focus offense around starting quarterback
By Bob Garcia
Saints head coach Sean Payton will “partially” build the team’s offense around its QB
The New Orleans Saints and head coach Sean Payton have made it clear that they are not interested in holding traditional practices during this part of the offseason schedule. However, that doesn’t mean the battle between Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston to determine who will be the next quarterback isn’t still on. As the team gets ready for a new season and several new additions, Payton is still working out the playbook, but admits that the offensive plays will partially be designed around its QB.
The task of replacing future Hall of Famer Drew Brees is by no means an easy one, and both players know it all too well. While there have been many other moves around the team, this battle remains the most important storyline currently on the Saints’ books. It’s no secret that the two players differ greatly. While Hill is the mobile signal-caller who would run more read options, Winston is a pocket passer with a big arm.
Payton, for his part, has made it clear that, while he will modify the offense for whichever QB wins the starting gig, he doesn’t intend for the base of the scheme to change. “We’ll build it a little bit around that player accordingly. That’s something we did when Drew first got here and we would do with either of these two players,” Payton said Tuesday.
Based on those comments, it’s been widely understood that the crux of the offense used for 15 years under Brees will still remain the foundation for this upcoming season. In other words, if Hill takes the job, there would be more QB runs, but if Winston turns out to be the winner of the contest, it would mean the team would have more downfield throws. Already fans have seen how Hill was able to replace Brees when he was injured during last season, and Payton was able to adjust the game plan to account for a more mobile quarterback. It is very likely that a similar plan will be seen this offseason but on an even larger scale depending on which player wins the job.