(FootballStL) -- When former GM Billy Devaney and former head coach Steve Spagnuolo took Robert Quinn with the 14th pick in the 1st round of the 2011 NFL draft no one really knew what to think. Sure, Spagnuolo had success with pass rushers while in New York and we all assumed he knew talent when he saw it.
But Quinn had just one good year in college at North Carolina and was forced to sit out the 2010 season for allegedly accepting benefits from an agent.
So it shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise when Quinn registered just five sacks as a rookie the next year while playing sparingly. Well, five turned into 10.5 in 2012, which has now turned into 12 through 10 games so far in 2013.
Those 12, by the way, are more than anyone in the NFL not named Robert Mathis. Would it be a big deal for Quinn to lead the league in sacks this year?
“That’s hard to do,” Quinn said. “I would like to but as long as we can keep winning like we did against (the Colts) then everything else will come. I’ll either finish 50th or 1st, it doesn’t really matter. Only thing that does is winning.”
The fact the Rams defensive end is still putting up these kind of numbers is impressive because of the double and triple teams he’s received lately. When you first come into the league you see mostly 1-on-1 blocking. But with success comes attention. And that means more blockers dedicated to keeping you away from the other team’s quarterback.
“You still have to find a way to at least cause pressure,” Quinn said. “If you’re being double teamed or triple teamed it’s going to be hard to do so you’ll have to rely on your other guys to do that. I’m just out there trying to make a play. Sometimes it works hand in hand where it’s my turn to take on a double team and sometimes it’s their (other defensive linemen’s) job. We work as a unit.”
“He is dealing with the extra attention now and he’s still winning which is good,” Jeff Fisher said. “His first sack he was hit first by the tight end, beat the tackle and knocked the ball out. So he’s learning how to do that. The good part about that is they have to choose (who to double team) whether it’s him or Chris (Long).”
Throw in Chris Long’s 6.5 sacks so far and you have one of the better pass rushing tandems in the NFL right here in St. Louis.