The bad news for Sean Payton is that his bet to go all-in on Taysom Hill as a full-time quarterback has failed to bear much fruit, leaving the once-promising New Orleans Saints on the wrong side of the NFC's playoff picture. Playing with a significantly injured finger on his throwing hand, the 31-year-old Swiss Army knife inflicted more pain on his team than the Dallas Cowboys last night, throwing four interceptions in a spirit-dashing loss to an undermanned opponent. Hill completed fewer than half his 41 passes and posted a cringeworthy 44.2 passer rating in his extended time of the position. There's bad and then there's begging for Trevor Siemian bad.

This was the latter.

Pitchforks and torches will be out in full force across the reactionary landscape this morning but those haters simply aren't taking the long view. They aren't being fair. Hill clearly needs more seasoning. We're thinking, at this pace, he should be a viable NFL quarterback no later than his age 38 season. That's a seven-year ramp for him to learn what it takes and get some of those youthful indiscretions out of his system.