Sam Howell answered questions from reporters before today’s practice. He’s coming off his third win as an NFL starter, and preparing to face the Buffalo Bills at home on Sunday. He is continuing to work on getting the ball out faster, and also throwing the ball away, because “an incompletion is better than a sack”. The touchdown catch was something they wanted to do in the game, and he had faith that Terry McLaurin would make the catch if he put it in the right spot.
Howell is a fan of QB Josh Allen, but he is preparing for a Buffalo Bills defense that he called the best of what they’ve faced so far. This game will be a challenge, and a test to see where the team’s at right now.
Howell was asked about the cheap shots from opposing defenders, including on himself and Logan Thomas. He said there’s no place for those kind of hits in the game, and it’s unacceptable. Thomas remains in the NFL’s concussion protocol.
Howell loves working with Eric Bieniemy, and said he lets him know his preferences on playcalls in certain situations and areas of the field. They’ve been working on the screen game, and last week’s performance was night and day from anything we’ve seen in Washington in a while. Howell said EB always has a plan coming out of half time, and Washington has playmakers all over the field that can make explosive plays.
LIVE: QB Sam Howell speaks to the media before practice https://t.co/l5C9JEVztd— Washington Commanders (@Commanders) September 20, 2023
Getting the ball out faster:
Sam Howell says he’s focused on improving and getting the ball out faster - “an incompletion is better than a sack.” pic.twitter.com/6dTRu9mP1w— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) September 20, 2023
Commander QB Sam Howell is showing growth each and every week.— Scott Abraham (@Scott7news) September 20, 2023
He was asked on what changed in his play from Week 1 to Week 2.
Howell said, "I played more more decisive. My decision making overall was better. I got the ball out on time so I felt like i was in a good rhythm." pic.twitter.com/3ihUB3s7BP
Sam Howell said he played more decisive in Week 2: “It’s a big emphasis for me, trying to get the ball out.” pic.twitter.com/wuK4PNFs2Y— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) September 20, 2023
Sam Howell on a change from week 1 to week 2: "I was more decisive. My decision making overall was better. Got the ball out on time so I felt like i was in a good rhythm."— John Keim (@john_keim) September 20, 2023
Touchdown pass to Terry McLaurin:
Howell on McLaurin’s TD: credit to Terry for making that play and the coaching staff for making the call— Zach Selby (@ZachSelbyWC) September 20, 2023
Howell says he knows Terry McLaurin can make big plays and contested catches. Plan is to keep looking for 17— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) September 20, 2023
Facing the Buffalo Bills:
This is what you call a measuring stick game.— Scott Abraham (@Scott7news) September 20, 2023
The Washington @Commanders set to host the Buffalo Bills, one of the top teams in the NFL.
Sam Howell said, "what a great opportunity for us as a team...we're excited for the challenge."
Sunday is going to be fun! pic.twitter.com/Dr9QguY6QU
Sam Howell on facing the Bills:— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) September 20, 2023
"What a great opportunity for us. ... Kind of see where we're at." pic.twitter.com/IxrzMd29Gk
Howell on the Bills defense: the best defense we’ve played so far. Don’t do a lot of crazy looks, but they’re really good at what they do. Everywhere you look, there’s a good player— Zach Selby (@ZachSelbyWC) September 20, 2023
Howell says the Bills definitely the best defense they’ve faced— George Wallace (@GWallaceWTOP) September 20, 2023
Howell said Josh Allen is a tremendous player. Fun to watch him and what he’s done in Buffalo. Tough, great leader— Zach Selby (@ZachSelbyWC) September 20, 2023
Howell on the 2-0 start heading into Week 3 pic.twitter.com/h6HiK7kePG— Zach Selby (@ZachSelbyWC) September 20, 2023
Beware of the Washington screen game!— Scott Abraham (@Scott7news) September 20, 2023
It will be a big part of this offense all season long.
Commanders QB Sam Howell said, "we put so much time into it. There's a big emphasis on that. When we install the screens, it's very detailed." pic.twitter.com/9njqBIhZft
Howell: "We put a lot of time into our screen game."— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) September 20, 2023
Said Bieniemy puts lots of detail into those plays, and disguising the screen via formation is key. https://t.co/8zopbDZYxy
Half time adjustments:
Howell on halftime adjustments: "EB has done a really good job coming out of halftime making sure we have a plan."— George Wallace (@GWallaceWTOP) September 20, 2023
Cheap shots on Howell and Logan Thomas:
During the first couple weeks of the season, @Commanders players have been on the receiving end of some vicious hits.— Scott Abraham (@Scott7news) September 20, 2023
Week 1 - Sam Howell
Week 2 - Logan Thomas
Washington QB Sam Howell said, "it's not the right way to play the game...I just think those hits are unacceptable." pic.twitter.com/QTw1fiajtS
Howell on cheap shots against Commanders this year - “We have each others back…Those hits are unacceptable.”— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) September 20, 2023
Playcall preferences/Eric Bieniemy:
Sam Howell on the feeling when he knows the play call is ideal against the defense. pic.twitter.com/nnfxOsTWsA— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) September 20, 2023
Howell on his relationship and input with Commanders play caller Eric Bieniemy: “One of the things I like about playing for EB is he cares about what I think and what I like.”— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) September 20, 2023
Spreading the ball around:
Howell on spreading it around in the Washington offense: “Explosive plays can come at any time and from any player.”— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) September 20, 2023