NFL
November 1, 2021

Ranking The 3 Best Options At Quarterback For The New Orleans Saints

The Saints took down Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to improve to 5-2 on the season. Unfortunately, Jameis Winston went down early in the game and it has been confirmed that Winston tore his ACL and is out for the season. 

The Saints sit just one game back of Tampa Bay in the NFC South and are in a good spot to make a run at the playoffs. Trevor Siemian came in and did a good job keeping the Saints from losing the game despite a late comeback from Tampa Bay.

However, if the Saints have any hope of making a run through the postseason, they need to find a replacement either on the trade market or in free agency.

One could assume that when Taysom Hill is healthy that he will become the new starter. Even if he does, the Saints need to add another quarterback to the roster that you can trust to win you a game. 

Even then, Hill should not be the quarterback for a team trying to win the Super Bowl. Today, I will list the three-best options to replace Winston as the quarterback for the Saints. 

3. Nick Foles, Chicago Bears

Foles is essentially folklore at this point. Whenever a team might need a quarterback to win them some games, Foles will be there. 

We all know Foles as the guy who led the Eagles to a Super Bowl victory over the Patriots, so naturally, his name comes up whenever a team needs a quarterback. He is currently wasting away behind Justin Fields in Chicago so trading for him would not be the worst thing in the world. 

He has not played since 2020 when he started seven games for the Bears. In those seven games, Foles went 2-5 and completed 65% of his passes for only 1852 yards. Foles also had 10 touchdowns to eight interceptions. To sum it up, Foles is nothing more than a guy who will make the right decisions on the field, but he might not be good enough to go on another run. 

If talent is what concerns the Saints, then Foles is not a much better option than Siemian. If they are looking for a veteran presence, then Foles is your man. 

2. Mitchell Trubisky, Buffalo Bills

I think it is seriously time to consider that Trubisky's failure in Chicago was more of a product of Matt Nagy than it was Trubisky. People forget that Trubisky led the Bears to the playoffs twice and won the NVP live on Nickelodeon against the Saints in the Wild card round. 

Now, I am not saying that Trubisky was worth the second-overall pick, but like Foles, he is good enough to keep you in games. Trubisky has a career 64% completion percentage and has 64 touchdowns to 37 interceptions in his career. 

I probably would not give up a high draft pick to go get him out of Buffalo, but if the asking price is a fifth-round pick, why not give him a chance? He is just sitting there watching Josh Allen ball out right now.

What are the odds that a fifth-round pick even works out? If you are getting a quarterback as good as Trubisky with a mid-round draft pick, that is a good selection.

1. Teddy Bridgewater, Denver Broncos

The Broncos are basically just surviving right now with Bridgewater taking the snaps, and if Denver could flip him for a pick, they absolutely should pull the trigger.

Bridgewater is completing 70.4% of his passes for 1914 yards and 13 touchdowns on the season, but the Broncos are a middle-of-the-road offense, and Bridgewater is not good enough to lead Denver on a playoff run. 

At 4-4, Denver would be better off giving Drew Lock one last chance. Bridgewater is not doing enough to justify keeping him at this point, and if I were in charge of the Broncos, I would much see if Lock has anything left in the tank.

It is also worth noting that Bridgewater was 5-0 as the starter for the Saints in 2019 when Drew Brees went down with an injury. He was very popular in New Orleans, and the team is largely the same as it was in 2019. 

You would not have to worry about chemistry issues, and he knows the playbook. 

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