Commanders must put numbers around Quinnen Williams
Aaron Donald was predictably a problem for the Washington Commanders in Week 15. Things won't get any easier for the Washington Commanders offensive line this week. Not when defensive tackle Quinnen Williams is among the NFL's best at his position.
Williams' sack numbers are way down, from 12 in 2022 to just 3.5 this season. Yet, he has 1.5 quarterback takedowns in his last two games. The 26-year-old has also generated 24 pressures.
Statistics aside, every other member of the New York Jets defensive front benefits from the presence of Williams. The latter is a big body with almost unnatural first-step quickness, who demands double and triple teams in the trenches.
Commanders' offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy needs to supplement his protection to ensure regular numbers against Williams. Having a tight end stay in to work the edge will help, but Washington should also slide protections toward the former first-round pick.
It will help to have Samuel Cosmi in the lineup. The right guard has earned positive grades from Pro Football Focus in recent weeks. Something that's seen him emerge as the Commanders' most productive offensive lineman by a considerable margin.
Cosmi partnering with center Tyler Larsen to engulf Williams will help the Commanders at least slow down an explosive front four. If there's less pressure on Sam Howell, the quarterback will need to make smarter decisions.
Like avoiding the chief ball hawk in New York's secondary.