One play, Quinnen Williams was in the backfield creating havoc. The next, older brother Quincy was wrapping up Titans star running back Derrick Henry.
Together, the two brothers made sure the Jets wouldn’t leave MetLife Stadium winless, and they made history in the process. They became the first pair of brothers to have sacks in the same game for the same team since sacks became an official stat in 1982.
“I know my mom [would be] super-proud,” Quinnen said of Marquischa, who passed away from cancer when he was 12 years old. “It’s dope, just knowing he got a sack first and foremost, and I try to get sacks every week. That’s my little job.”
When starting linebacker Jarrad Davis was lost to an ankle injury in the preseason, the Jets claimed Quincy off waivers from the Jaguars, reuniting the brothers from Birmingham, Ala., who had last played together in high school. The third-year linebacker played well in his first two games, but Sunday was different. He was all over the field, producing 10 tackles, his first career NFL sack and two tackles for loss. Quinnen, who had seven tackles, two sacks and a tackle for loss, was dominant up front.
“It was amazing because a lot of people don’t know about him,” Quinnen said after the Jets produced seven sacks, their most since notching seven against the Bills on Nov. 2, 2017. “A lot of people don’t really think of him as a baller like he is. For him to go out there and execute and put it on tape like he did was amazing to see.”
Before the game, Quinnen and Quincy met with six cancer survivors as part of the NFL and American Cancer Society’s “Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer” campaign. Then they honored their mother’s memory with a fantastic performance.
The duo, along with inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (13 tackles, one sack), keyed a monster effort from the defense. The unit kept the Jets in the game early when the offense was sputtering and bent but didn’t break in overtime to preserve the team’s first victory, when former Jets kicker Randy Bullock missed a 49-yard field goal in the final seconds.
On that final drive, Quincy made the biggest play of the game, breaking up a pass for tight end Anthony Firkser near the goal line. Initially, the throw looked on target, but Quincy had good coverage, and the Titans would have to settle for the field goal attempt.
“I grew up with him,” Quinnen said with a smile. “I know what he can do.”