The New Orleans Saints won’t make a change at quarterback this week.
Head coach Dennis Allen announced on Monday that Andy Dalton will remain the team’s starting QB. Allen revealed that he planned to start Dalton for the team’s game this weekend against rival Atlanta at his weekly press conference.
Nick Underhill of New Orleans Football Network tweeted out the news. He said, “Andy Dalton will start this week.”
The Saints are coming off a bye but sit at 4-9 on the season. Despite that, the team is two back of NFC South-leading Tampa, who are 6-8. So although the team is woefully under .500, they are still in the playoff chase. But, Allen and the team won’t pull the reins away from Dalton this week.
Jameis Winston has not played since a Week 3 loss to the Carolina Panthers. In the 10 games that followed, Dalton hasn’t overly impressed, as he’s thrown 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions with a Y/A of just 7.5. With Dalton at QB, the team has gone 3-7 and lost two in a row and four of five before their bye week.
So Allen’s choice to go with Dalton over Winston is a curious one. Especially since Jameis signed a two-year deal to remain in New Orleans back in the offseason. Allen didn’t rule Winston out from “being evaluated” but it’s a curious decision nonetheless from the Saints’ head coach.