(FootballSTL) -- Considering he had to sit out his entire junior year of college due to being ineligible, Rams defensive end Robert Quinn is still relatively inexperienced. He said during this off-season that last year was, to him, his rookie season because he hardly played as a rookie in 2011.
Translation: He’s still getting better.
And if his first game of the 2013 season is any indication he is going to terrorize quarterbacks for a long time in this league. Quinn registered three sacks against Arizona, and drew countless double teams from the Cardinals offensive line.
“I like to credit myself as a pretty fast end, so I like the speed rush of course, as I’m sure you all can tell. I’ve been working,” Quinn said. “My pass rush moves, I’m happy I got three (sacks) today. We’ll see how the rest of the season goes.”
His fellow end on the Rams defense thinks the sky is absolutely the limit for the 23-year old.
“I’ve been saying he’s a top 5 … eventually a top 3 pass rusher,” Chris Long said. “He’s as dangerous as anybody in the league. He’s just going to continue to show it, and it’s scary how good he can be.”
Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer was sacked a total of four times - the other by William Hayes - and was hit on five occasions. He still managed to throw for 327 yards and a pair of touchdowns for a 96.6 QB rating though.
“They’re a good football team and I want to give credit to them,” Palmer said of the Rams overall. “They have a very good pass rush in Chris Long – a double digit sack guy year in and year out. Robert Quinn is another first round pick and is probably going to be a double digit sack guy and they have good players. You have (Cortland) Finnegan who is a great defensive back, (James) Laurinaitis is a good player, (Alec) Olgetree is a really good player and I think he has a chance to really be good – he’s all over the place. But at the end of the day it doesn’t matter who’s over there, who’s playing what. We need to execute better.”
Quinn had 10 and a half sacks last season and would appear to have the potential to get quite a few more than that in his third NFL season.