If you weren’t watching football on Monday night but checked social media, you might have thought Taysom Hill and Sean Payton robbed a bank or something.
It’s really not Hill’s fault that Payton keeps using him long after the effectiveness of bringing him in as a Wildcat quarterback has worn off. But here’s what happens: The New Orleans Saints take the great Drew Brees off the field in a key spot, everyone knows Hill will run it, and they stop it. It has been a bust all season.
It happened again on Monday night. Hill came in at quarterback on a third-and-3, he ran it straight ahead and got stopped easily by the Los Angeles Chargers defense. The Saints then settled for a field goal.
And Twitter was angry, my friends.
I think Sean Payton is trying to tank the season when he puts in Taysom Hill. There’s no other explanation.
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) October 13, 2020
Find someone that loves you as much as Payton loves Taysom Hill.
— TJ Lang (@TJLang70) October 4, 2020
Oh, wait. T.J. Lang’s post was from a week ago. This is an ongoing problem for the Saints and Payton.
Hill has had his moments. He’s a great athlete and good gadget player. He had a huge game in a wild-card playoff loss to the Minnesota Vikings last season. New Orleans gave him a two-year, $21 million deal this past offseason, which speaks to how the Saints overvalue him.
Hill’s usage was once a fun wrinkle, but now has become predictable and stale as Payton overused it.
And it doesn’t seem like Payton is going to stop doing it.