Atlanta Falcons fans laughed to start the week as someone close to New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston released a video of him working out.
If you have not seen the video, check it out below. While most quarterbacks are working on getting rid of the ball as soon as possible, Winston seems to be working on how to hold onto the ball for as long as possible – though this is the type of quarterback the Atlanta Falcons need to face.
Facing a quarterback holding onto the ball for more than four seconds would give the Falcons pass rushers time to get to the quarterback and take them to the ground.
For his career, Jameis Winston is 4-5 against the Atlanta Falcons – all nine of those starts came during his time as the starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the last time that he took the field against the Falcons as a starting NFL quarterback, the game ended with him throwing an interception to linebacker Deion Jones.
Atlanta Falcons will finish ahead of the Saints in 2021
It has been four seasons since the Atlanta Falcons finished higher in the NFC South than the New Orleans Saints, though that will change in 2021.
Matter of fact, since the start of the 2006 season when Drew Brees signed with the Saints, the Falcons have only finished higher in the NFC South division five times – 2008, 2010, 2012, 2015, and 2016.
While the Falcons didn’t face Brees in 2020 and lost both games, Dean Pees is far better as a coordinator than anyone on the 2020 staff and will change things in 2021 – regardless of who starts at quarterback for the Saints.
Both teams will have different identities in 2021 after personnel changes at important positions. The team that can find itself quicker will have the better season. Given the Falcons have a far better quarterback at this moment (don’t kid yourself, Matt is better than either Winston or Taysom Hill) they will have a much easier transition in 2021 than the Saints will without Drew Brees.
While Saints fans will argue they were fine in 2020 while he missed four games, they still had his leadership in the locker room and on the sideline, 2021 will be completely different.
All football aside, we should be thankful Jameis provided us all a great laugh to get through this last full week of June.