In the aftermath of the Jets’ 27-24 victory against the Tennessee Titans in Week 4, the main topic of discussion was Zach Wilson and the offense. Wilson and OC Mike LaFleur broke out of their slump, generating multiple chunk plays and touchdowns on the day. Wilson flashed the potential that made him the number two overall pick in the draft. The rookie uncorked multiple highlight-reel plays, including a 53 yard strike to Corey Davis for a touchdown.
Even with most of the attention being drawn towards the offense, the team’s defense deserves some love as well. Under Robert Saleh and DC Jeff Ulbrich, the team generated 21 total pressures against the Titans, working to limit damage from opposing offenses. The secondary has been lights out, as according to PFF the team’s cornerbacks have yet to allow a passing touchdown this season. Bryce Hall led the way with another dominant performance Sunday, adding to a season where he has only allowed seven receptions and 100 total yards receiving.
But even with players like Hall shining through on defense, on Sunday the biggest spark came from Quinnen and Quincy Williams. The brothers combined for 19 tackles and three sacks against Tennessee, becoming the first pair of brothers to both have a sack for the same team in the same game. Quincy, who the Jets claimed after being released by Jacksonville just a month ago, has provided much needed depth and athleticism to an unproven linebacker room. While still developing as a player in many facets, Quincy’s explosiveness has earned himself a larger role next to C.J Mosley. Quinnen has been a force on the Jets’ interior, winning on 17 percent of his pass rushes and has had multiple sacks in the past two games.
Quinnen said that “it feels great” to have that opportunity to play alongside his brother. “I know what he can do,” Quinnen said proudly. “A lot of people don’t know about him. A lot of people don’t really think of him as a baller like he is. For him to execute and put him it on tape like he did is amazing to see.”
Saleh added that Quincy has been “getting better” each week. “I think Joe Douglas did a great job picking him up off waivers…He still has a lot of stuff to get better at, but you saw the splash plays and the explosiveness and the speed and the length that fits our defense,” said Saleh.
The Williams brothers’ performance on Sunday had an added meaning, as it was the first game during the month of October. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Williams brothers unfortunately lost their mother to the disease in 2010. Quinnen said that he met with six cancer survivors before the game against the Titans.
“Four of them actually had breast cancer and they actually wore pink,” Quinnen said. “That was just amazing to see because me and my brother, we always wear pink. It was just amazing to see those four people that had on pink. Just to get to talk to them and see them at a game, and pull this dub out, it was just an amazing opportunity get to speak to those people and just see a big smile on their face.”
The duo of Quincy and Quinnen Williams has the potential to solidify two important positions on the Jets’ defense if they play similar to this Sunday. Quincy can add an explosive, hard-hitting talent that will have his weaknesses in coverage masked by C.J Mosley. Quinnen is a dominant interior force that is on a path to be one of the best in the NFL. The dynamic duo of the Williams brothers should get fans excited and optimistic, as continued success on their end will give the Jets’ defense a spark to become a truly respected defensive unit.