4:35 PM ET
NEW ORLEANS — Taysom Hill laughed when asked if he paid any attention to the scrutiny and criticism surrounding the New Orleans Saints’ decision to start him at quarterback on Sunday.
No, insisted the fascinating and polarizing 30-year-old curiosity, who is now 1-0 as a starter in the NFL after leading the Saints to a 24-9 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
“Not to be rude or disrespectful in any way, I don’t pay attention to any of that stuff,” Hill said after completing 18 of 23 passes for 233 yards and running the ball 10 times for 51 yards and two touchdowns. “I care about the opinions of those closest to me, my friends, my family, my teammates, my coaches. You get to this level, and you kind of have to have tunnel vision and do your thing.”
Hill didn’t throw a touchdown pass or an interception, but he did lose a fumble after his longest run of the day in the fourth quarter.
However, Hill was quite open about how emotional this week was for him as he prepared to fill in after Drew Brees suffered