Robert Quinn has a chance to make St. Louis Rams history this season as he chases the franchise record of 17 sacks. He has been held without a sack through the last two games. When you are on the trails of breaking a record getting shutout in your specialty is not a way to get noticed, but Quinn should still have a legitimate chance of the Pro Bowl at the end of the year and earning a free vacation to a glorified flag football game. That shouldn’t be enough to make the third year pro happy with his season, however.
Anytime a player can carve their name into a record book they had better do everything they possibly can to make it happen. He was the victim of many non-called holds last Sunday while trying to bring down Carson Palmer as he carved the secondary to pieces. Quinn has been able to work around holds because he is so flexible and explosive off of the end. He contorts his body to all kinds of positions that make me cringe while maintaining his speed. He is indeed a pass rushing specialist that has improved greatly against the run.
He will be facing the New Orleans Saints left tackle Charles Brown on Sunday. The last time Brown faced the Rams was 2011 when he was still young and matched up across from Chris Long as a right tackle. Long ended the day with two sacks while dominating Brown. Brown ended up leaving the game with more than just his pride hurt after tearing a hip flexor. Being moved to LT started out rough for Brown while being called for 10 penalties this season — the second most on the Saints roster. Of his 10 penalties, six have been for holding, two for false starts, and two for the illegal use of hands.
Hopefully the refs pay better attention this week than they did last week as Quinn will certainly be held in an attempt to keep him off of Drew Brees‘ blindside. Brees is one of the most aware and prepared QBs in the league. He knows how much time he has, when to dump it off to a short option, and when to throw the ball away. He is a smart, intellectual player and can frustrate some of the best rushers in the league. Quinn will have to force Brees out of the pocket into bad decisions as much as possible if the Rams hope to stand a chance.
He only needs four sacks to tie the current Rams record set by Kevin Carter. That goal is certainly attainable for him to reach if he can have three solid games starting with Sunday. Quinn taking over the lead league could do a lot to help the team’s defensive credibility and help St. Louis progress as a whole defensively.