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Build Around Sam!!!!

With the loses piling and the tanks rolling, many are saying the Commanders may move on from Howell. What???? Ok so there are many things that Howell has going AGAINST him! The OL, the pass heavy scheme which allows defenses to tee off and expect the pass. And a horrible support from the thing I kind of didn’t account for sucking this year, the defense!!! What a loss Harris must have been! Because it’s the secondary that’s a mess. Currently Sam has a good bit of yards in the NFL due to the pass heavy scheme. I noted this when his stats were brought up. Has Sam really improved? I believe that he has.


Passer rating
Nov 23
Nov 23
@
@
300
300
0
0
1
1
74.1
74.1
Nov 19
Nov 19
vs
vs
256
256
1
1
3
3
62.8
62.8
Nov 12
Nov 12
@
@
312
312
3
3
0
0
109.3
109.3
Nov 5
Nov 5
@
@
325
325
1
1
1
1
84.0
84.0
Oct 29
Oct 29
vs
vs
397
397
4
4
1
1
114.0
114.0
Oct 22
Oct 22
@
@
249
249
0
0
1
1
60.5
60.5
Oct 15
Oct 15
@
@
151
151
3
3
0
0
119.7
119.7
Oct 5
Oct 5
vs
vs
388
388
2
2
1
1
99.1
99.1
Oct 1
Oct 1
@
@
290
290
1
1
0
0
98.6
98.6
Sep 24
Sep 24
vs
vs
170
170
0
0
4
4
41.5
41.5
Sep 17
Sep 17
@
@
299
299
2
2
0
0
108.8
108.8
Sep 10
Sep 10
vs
vs
202
202
1
1
1
1
77.6
77.6
Regular Season
3,339
3,339
18
18

As you can see, his worst games are against NY teams. The Giants appear to have his number. He was largely solid in the first half of the Dallas game and then he faltered in the second half. Can I blame him from the questionable play calling to protections, dropped passes, and just still trying to do too much. We could point out some non calls. Regardless, his second half play against Dallas wasn’t good. On the season he has 3339 with 18 TDs and a bit high 13 INTs, an average rating of 87.3. Howell currently ranks 21st out of all NFL QBs on the year. His sacks tallies a score of -21. Most QBs are 9.9 ish. If you add just that, Howell then falls into the top 15. Let’s not kid ourselves, the scheme is pass heavy, but it does this man no favors. This is essentially his rookie year with a red shirt audition at the conclusion of last year, WHICH, BTW, *Taylor was quoted as saying he approached Ron and said hey you may wanna look at this guy. Now Taylor is probably not stupid being a math major, but clearly he has a better eye for talent than Ron*. Sam Howell is young, he’s as solid a prospect as we’ve had here since (YOU LIKE THAT!!) Kurt. I feel Sam has more heart than Kurtis tho. Imo, absolutely we should build around Sam!

Does anyone get a sense of ground hog day? Jay Gruden led a largely mediocre team and had the audacity to call for Ron’s job. Hey Jay, have drink! Ron also said he wouldn’t fire his staff, yet apparently he called Josh and requested this. Josh, sure Ron do what you feel is best. Ron, the high morals guy throws his guys under the bus with five games to go. Dinosaur. Enjoy extinction Ron. So obviously, Josh is GM shopping. And he is absolutely going to have to hit this one out of the park. Then the Wonder Bread GM is going to have to hit a HR. If these two are good, we have to be patient. Big IFs.

  • Sam turns the ball over a lot. He does, but he’s also for the most part checked in and ready to rock. Sam again is in his first NFL season behind a shotty OL with a predictable system, no defense, playing from behind a lot. So yeah, he’s a bit trigger happy, has confidence in his arm, is fearless. I suggest if we tap into these mostly unteachable skills, he could be very good.
  • Sam isn’t a winner. Yeah ok, he’s won on just about every team he’s been on. If we had defensive support this year we’d be in the playoff hunt. Yes this is my opinion. I can’t prove this. But look at how many close games we’ve had.
  • Sam takes a lot of sacks. A lot of those early ones were on him and EB imo. It wasn’t until maybe against the Pats we started to see quick passes. Some of this is Sam growing better with in the system, some is EB.
  • Sam doesn’t know when to give up. This is true. I can’t defend this other than say I like his fire!
Sam Howell should be considered by any GM we sign as the QB of the future. A lot of fixing needs done to the trenches on both sides of this team and I understand this. We didn’t want to pay for three elite defensive line guys when we didn’t have defensive success to show for it. We go into this offseason and my opinion would be to make Sam the priority not the defense. My impulse to is try to fix as much as possible, but if you think about this, if we remove all the OL faults, the offensive inconsistency, and the unbalanced in play calls and Sam still has fairly marginal success, THEN, we question. Give this man a shot and keep JB to help him!

Do you agree that Sam should be given the reigns?
Do you think we should focus on making life easier for Sam Howell this next offseason to better determine his trajectory?