The Ian Book era didn’t start on the right foot. On his very first drive of the game, the rookie quarterback threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown.
Book was trying to complete a short pass to Lil’Jordan Humphrey, but the throw was tipped at the line of scrimmage by Andrew Van Ginkel.
The deflection from Van Ginkel allowed Nik Needham to jump the route and intercept Book’s pass. It was a pretty brutal sequence for Book to say the least.
Rough start for Ian Book
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 28, 2021
The NFL world was hoping to see more out of Book on his first drive, that’s for sure.
“My excitement over seeing Ian Book start … waning,” Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated said.
My excitement over seeing Ian Book start … waning.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) December 28, 2021
“I would’ve played Kamara at QB or Blake Bortles,” Lee Schechter of Bleacher Report said. “Ian Book has nothing close to an NFL arm.”
I would’ve played Kamara at QB or Blake Bortles.
Ian Book has nothing close to an NFL arm.
— Lee Schechter (@LeeSchechter) December 28, 2021
It’s way to early to write Book off as an NFL quarterback. That being said, it’s tough to envision him having a lot of success tonight.
Not only are the Saints missing several assistant coaches due to a COVID-19 outbreak, their starting offensive tackles are inactive.
We’ll see if Book can bounce back from his rough start.