The New Orleans Saints now have a quarterback controversy. The culprit? Injuries – once again. Current QB Jameis Winston is not healthy. That is probably an understatement. Luckily, the Saints signed a capable veteran backup during the off-season.
For whatever reason, they have not trusted him yet. Andy Dalton is waiting in the wings, and he is completely healthy.
Meanwhile, Winston is playing with multiple injuries, and it shows for the Saints.
The offense sputtered for three quarters against the Carolina Panthers. That came after a horrendous performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Winston threw three interceptions in that game. Not to mention, the offense for the Saints was very inconsistent in Week 1 as well.
Winston and the Saints made it close in the fourth quarter, but some of those were empty stats. Padded stats don’t change the ineffectiveness of the Saints’ offense for most of the game. It is becoming a recurring theme with an injured Jameis at QB.
Dennis Allen and Pete Carmichael Jr. must make a change.
Now at 1-2, the Saints must make a move in order to allow Winston to get healthy. They have a very winnable stretch over the next month.
The Saints play the Vikings, Seahawks, Bengals, and Cardinals over that span. They need a QB to keep them on schedule, and Dalton is the best option with Winston so banged up. A healthy Jameis Winston is their best chance to win later in the season or the postseason.
Resting him right now is the best choice for the Saints.