Sam Howell is preparing to be the starting quarterback of the Washington Commanders in front of a sold out crowd at FedEx Field on Sunday. He said that’s a dream come true, and he doesn’t take anything for granted. The team also announced that Howell had been voted a team captain by his teammates which is another thing he doesn’t take for granted in his NFL journey.
Howell was later to his media availability due to a visit from limited partner Magic Johnson and managing partner Josh Harris. Howell was excited to ask Johnson questions because he’s had success in multiple sports and businesses at multiple levels. He asked Magic what his championship teams had that they didn’t have in previous year. Johnson said those teams believed and policed each other.
Howell likes new Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator Eric Bieniemy, and his coaching style, despite the stories about him being hard on players in practice. He likes the criticism and the praise that comes when you make good plays, and work within the system that EB is installing. Howell said the team has learned how to meet Bieniemy’s standards and attention to detail. The players want to be coached hard and he knows what it takes to be great. The team is fully bought into Eric Bieniemy.
LIVE: QB Sam Howell speaks to the media before Wednesday's Week 1 practice https://t.co/A4aOYdj5Dw— Washington Commanders (@Commanders) September 6, 2023
Commanders quarterback Sam Howell on meeting Magic Johnson today at team headquarters in Ashburn.— Scott Abraham (@Scott7news) September 6, 2023
Howell said about Magic, "He's been through so many different teams and has won so many championships. He definitely knows what it takes." pic.twitter.com/QnmDz2IlP6
Sam Howell said Magic Johnson just addressed the team. Added that the team is fortunate to have someone like that, a champion and part owner for multiple teams, associated with the franchise— Zach Selby (@ZachSelbyWC) September 6, 2023
Sam Howell said Magic Johnson addressed the Commanders for the first time today: “It’s fun having him here.” pic.twitter.com/XgFGC9T233— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) September 6, 2023
Sam Howell said the team just met new limited partner Magic Johnson for the first time.— Sam Fortier (@Sam4TR) September 6, 2023
He said Magic has won as a player and an owner and is an inspirational figure.
“So much good information he gave our whole entire team.” pic.twitter.com/PeHXV3zHB3
Magic Johnson spoke to the Commanders players today. "Awesome to hear what he had to say," QB Sam Howell said.— John Keim (@john_keim) September 6, 2023
Howell said he asked Magic what the champ teams had that they didn't have in other years. Johnson told him "they believed" in each other and policed one another.
“Everyone’s bought in”:
Howell thinks he, the offense and Bieniemy have made a lot of progress. “At this point, everyone’s bought in.”— Zach Selby (@ZachSelbyWC) September 6, 2023
Starter Week 1 in front of a sold out home crowd:
Sam Howell said “it’s a dream come true” to lead the Commanders in front of a sold out crowd on Sunday. On being named captain: “Another thing I don’t take for granted.”— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) September 6, 2023
Being named a team captain:
Commanders quarterback Sam Howell was voted a team captain by his teammates.— Scott Abraham (@Scott7news) September 6, 2023
Sam said, "it means a lot, it's another thing I don't take for granted." pic.twitter.com/i0L2ZYZysF
Here is Sam Howell discussing his relationship with offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.— Scott Abraham (@Scott7news) September 6, 2023
Sam said about EB, "He wants me to run the show. He says it all the time. He wants me to have the keys to the car."
It's showtime on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/TUdzZQr2dy
Sellout crowd for the home opener:
FedEx Field should be rocking on Sunday.— Scott Abraham (@Scott7news) September 6, 2023
It's a sell out crowd and hopefully a lot of burgundy and gold!
Jahan Dotson is noticing the buzz saying, "the whole DMV is kind of behind you now. It's going to be loud." pic.twitter.com/ZdJUU1kQz9
The rookie is ready!— Scott Abraham (@Scott7news) September 6, 2023
I chopped it up with Emmanuel Forbes in the locker room today.
We hit on a lot of different topics from Sunday's season opener to Magic Johnson. pic.twitter.com/IRH7oEzyZQ
For the first time in his NFL career, @JR1ERA has been voted a team captain by his Commanders teammates.— Scott Abraham (@Scott7news) September 6, 2023
Jeremy has embraced that underdog role, becoming a foundational piece of this franchise.
He said, "leadership isn't just about football, it's about who you are as a person. pic.twitter.com/ls0in1FiXH