Robert Quinn continues to assert himself as leagues top pass rusher
By Elizabeth Eisele
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(FootballSTL) -- If things haven’t gotten ridiculous already with defensive end Robert Quinn and the abuse he’s given to offensive tackles this season, they reached a whole new level against the Saints Sunday evening. Quinn breaks through with two more sacks. That gives him 15 for the season.
“That’s always good to add, but, like I said, it’s never just a one man show. It’s the other D-linemen getting pressure and the back seven covering, so every sack I get is a credit to the rest of the defense,” Quinn said.
“Rob’s, in my opinion, the best pass-rushing defensive end in the league,” Chris Long said. “So, they’re always going to have to account for him and today they just decided they were going to try to take us away and they couldn’t take Rob away. That’s hard to do. He’s had just a tremendous season. I think he’s got 15 (sacks). He needs to be up for Defensive Player of the Year, in my opinion. He makes everybody better around him.”
“I think Robert is definitely one of the best in the league,” James Laurinaitis said. “The way he’s been extremely productive and has been consistently that way. The thing is, when you watch games where he hasn’t had the numbers, he’s always around the quarterback. He’s been on a tear this year.”
One of Quinn’s sacks against Saints QB Drew Brees came while he was on his knees while being hit by an opposing player. It was just an incredible amount of athleticism rarely seen in the NFL. It’s plays like that right there that give him teammates chills.
“A lot of confidence. He’s destructive, and it’s not just 94 (Quinn), it’s 91 (Rams DE Chris Long) as well. It’s our inside guys. We have two waves of D-linemen that can come in and disrupt the quarterback That’s a huge advantage to have. We’ve just got to be able to continue to get teams in longer yardage situations so we can let them have time to get there, and getting a lead always helps,” Laurinaitis said.
“The guys just played relentless today. The guys know we always have to continue to play hard and put great film out there, so that’s what we did today against a great team. It was a great victory,” Quinn said.