New Orleans Saints head coach Dennis Allen said Monday that he could substitute quarterback Andy Dalton for Jameis Winston against the Los Angeles Rams this Sunday.
“I think we have to look at everything,” Allen told reporters Monday after Sunday’s 20-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, a loss that dropped the Saints to 3-7 on the season. Katherine Terrell by ESPN. “Yeah, I think we have to look at everything. And that’s going to be a process we go through today and tomorrow when we’re ready for the Rams.”
Winston haven’t played yet since Week 3 and was initially sidelined with back and ankle injuries, but since then, the Saints have dropped 5/7 competitions. Back in Week 9, New Orleans lost to the Baltimore Ravens with a score of 27-13.
“And we haven’t done that well in the past few weeks,” Allen added in his comments. “So I think we have to evaluate that. I think that’s something that we need to look at.”
Based on GAME stats, Dalton started Monday 17th among qualifying midfielders with a passer rating of 89.6, 23rd with a total QBR of 45.8 and 16th with completion rate 65.0% in the campaign. In seven games, the 35-year-old has thrown 1,559 yards with 11 touches and seven interceptions.
It’s worth noting that Allen admitted on Monday that Winston may not be “100% healthy” again until after the season. The first person is 28 years old experienced a foot problem in August and seems to have resisted it ever since.
Allen said Monday the Saints will “do what we feel like to give our team the best chance of winning” regarding any decision on the roster.
Dalton or Winston will get a chance to show he’s given New Orleans that in a Week 11 home game against the Rams 3-6 having lost three games in a row and 5/6.