If it is indeed Taysom Hill who trots into the Saints huddle at the start of their game against the Falcons on Sunday, this will serve as his first audition to be the successor to Drew Brees as early as next season.
And this is what it would mean, this is why Sean Payton would turn to his modern-day Jim Thorpe over Jameis Winston:
“I just think he trusts him more than he trusts the other guy,” CBS Sports’ Rich Gannon told Serby Says.
In Taysom Hill former Dolphins-Jets-Saints special teams coaching legend Mike Westhoff trusts.
“I found him, that was my guy, I’m taking all the credit, ’cause I got him,” Westhoff told Serby Says, and chuckled. “He never dressed a game there until I got there.”
Payton summoned Westhoff to fix his special teams during the 2017 season, and Westhoff took one look at Hill and reminded everyone that he had had success with Dolphins backup quarterback Jim Jensen.
“Dress him,” Westhoff told Payton after one practice. “You’re gonna be shocked.”
Everyone except Westhoff would be.
“Opening play, we kick off,” Westhoff recalled. “He runs down the field, runs between their two best blockers and tackles the guy on the 15-yard line. Toward the end of the game, he rushes the punter, he’s gonna block the punt, the kid has to pull down, he drops the ball, we recover it, we score the winning touchdown, he gets the…