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Saints: The pros and cons of each QB in New Orleans

Drew Brees, Teddy Bridgewater, Taysom Hill, Saints

The New Orleans Saints have a lot of decisions to make this offseason, but the most important will be who their quarterback is going forward.

Drew Brees, Tayson Hill, and Teddy Bridgewater were all on the roster last season, but all three could leave this offseason. There can be a strong argument made for each guy being the quarterback next season for the Saints, but there are also some reasons why each guy should go in a different direction.

Let’s break down the pros and cons of each player.

Drew Brees

Pros

Drew Brees is 41 years old, but he has still proven to be an above-average NFL quarterback. During the 2019 season, he completed 74.3 percent of his passes for 2,979 yards, 27 touchdowns, and four interceptions. Even though he might not make all the throws he once could, he has still proven he can make everyone around him better.

There is also an emotional connection with the Saints and Brees, and if the team went in a different direction and there were struggles, a lot of second-guessing would happen.

Cons

The biggest con with Brees is his age. As he has aged his production has slowed down a bit and at some point, he is going to need to hang up the cleats.

What would happen if both Hill and Bridgewater decided to leave if Brees was given another year? When Brees does decide to retire a year or two down the road, the team would be put in a very difficult position.

Teddy Bridgewater

Pros

Teddy Bridgewater might not be the flashiest quarterback in the league, but he has proven even with the Saints to be a good starting quarterback.

When Brees went down with an injury, Bridgewater stepped in, and the Saints offense didn’t seem to miss a beat. He completed 67.9 percent of his passes for 1,384 yards, nine touchdowns, and two interceptions.

If it wasn’t for the devastating knee injury with the Minnesota Vikings, who knows where he could be.

Cons

There aren’t a whole lot of cons with Bridgewater because he has already proven he can be a solid quarterback. The only real flaw is with his deep ball sometimes. At times, he has been called check-down Teddy because of his lack of pushing the ball down the field.

During the 2019 season with the Saints, he did show some of that, but at times he did push the ball down the field.

Taysom Hill

Pros

Taysom Hill is a playmaker and with him under center full time, the offense could have so many different things that are hard to defend.

He has proven he is a solid thrower who can hurt defenses with his feet. The offense might need to change a bit if he’s under center in a full-time role, but that might not a bad thing.

Cons

The big cons with Hill all have to do with the question marks surrounding his production. He comes in and runs a few plays each game but how would he hold up taking every snap under center?

It could work out fine, but choosing Hill as the starter seems to have the most risk.