St. Louis Rams’ Robert Quinn Emerging As An Elite Pass Rusher
Robert Quinn‘s emergence as a top pass rusher is no surprise to anyone that has watched him develop. His sack total doubled from year one to year two, and now in his third season the young DE has taken an even bigger stride nearly matching his sack total from last year in just eight games. Quinn is currently sitting at fourth in the NFL with 10 sacks this season. The biggest change is how he has not been nullified this year. In the past couple of seasons Quinn was getting most of his sacks in a couple games and then his play would fade off. He has diversified his attack this year using a variety of moves instead of just relying on his supreme athletic ability. He has the speed and quickness off the snap to beat a lot of LTs in the league, but in the NFL you can’t be a one trick pony. The added variety is allowing him to get to the QB with regularity.
On Monday Night Football he tallied all three of his sacks in the first half. While he didn’t record a single sack in the second half he was still getting to Russell Wilson. The Seattle Seahawks changed their plans by doubling up or using a TE or RB to help out LT Pat McQuistan, and the attention paid to Quinn created openings for Chris Long to rack up his three sacks. Quinn has also forced four fumbles on the year on top of his 10 sacks. This kind of play is the exact reason why the St. Louis Rams drafted him in the first round of the 2011 draft. He possessed all of the physical tools needed to be an elite DE, but he needed time to learn.
Robert Quinn has a legitimate shot at breaking the franchise’s single season sack record. The record is currently held by Kevin Carter at 17 sacks during the 1999 season. Quinn’s pursuit of the Rams record is realistic and a goal he should aim for while continuing to wreak havoc on opposing teams’ QBs.