What were some major observations from Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell's performance at the Los Angeles Rams in Week 15?
Sam Howell needs a positive finish to the 2023 season. The quarterback is currently going through the expected rollercoaster normally associated with first-time starters at football's most crucial position. What occurs over the next month has huge implications for the promising signal-caller.
The debate continues to rage about whether the Washington Commanders should build around Howell in 2024 and beyond. The pros and cons are there for all to see. But the former fifth-round pick out of North Carolina can silence his doubters by putting together some momentum-building displays with the bye week successfully navigated.
This started in Week 15 at the Los Angeles Rams, who hold out hopes of postseason football after a surprisingly good campaign under Sean McVay. As it turned out, the bye didn't do the Commanders as they fell to their 10th loss of the season.
With this in mind, here are four major observations from Howell's performance at SoFi Stadium.
Sam Howell's pocket presence
Much has been made about the offensive line in front of Sam Howell. It's been far from stellar up to now. Something that reared its head once again in Week 15 against the Los Angeles Rams.
Time after time Howell was forced to get out on the move. His mobility saved him from getting sacked more. But it didn;t exactly help considering how much the signal-caller was struggling to find his rhythm.
When Howell had opportunities to step up in the pocket, he made things happen on occasion. Although consistency was an issue as the Commanders' offense found life difficult in their first game back after the bye.