(FootballStL) -- I suppose that’s what happens when you’re credited with three sacks, three tackles and two forced fumbles in one game. Rams defensive end Robert Quinn was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his dominating performance against the Cardinals on Sunday inside the Edward Jones Dome.
Quinn says he’s honored, for sure, but knows he has a long way to go before he can start bragging around Rams Park.
“I was talking to (former defensive tackle) La’Roi (Glover) about it and he said he once had three in one year so that’s another goal but it’s definitely a great honor to have,” Quinn said.
The Rams defense tied for the league lead in sacks a season ago and figures to be even better overall as a unit considering the addition of 1st round pick Alec Ogletree as well as the fact the young defensive line is another year older.
“We’re just going to hopefully ascend,” Chris Long said. “It doesn’t always show up statistically. Every week might not be breaking the bank sacks wise but one reason why we’re going to continue to ascend is that guy over there (Robert Quinn). I’ve been saying for a while he’s special and he’s just going to keep getting better. I think that can by scary for opposing offenses.”
After watching Quinn terrorize Cardinals offensive tackle Levi Brown on Sunday, one would expect the Falcons to put extra emphasis on making sure the Rams former first round pick doesn’t get anywhere near their QB Matt Ryan.
“Well if they do that we have (Michael Brockers), (Kendall) Langford, Chris (Long), (William) Hayes, (Jermelle) Cudjo, (Matt) Conrath and (Eugene) Sims so you know they have a lot more than me to worry about. That’s what (Jeff Fisher) does, he builds a great defense and team in general so you can’t just focus on one guy.”
With Quinn demanding a double team due to his pass rushing skills and Michael Brockers needing one as well due to has massive size collapsing the pocket, that typically forces someone else along the defensive line to see single coverage. You can’t double team everyone. And if the other players start taking advantage of their opportunities, it could be a very special season for this group up front.