It may not be a piece of physical hardware, but Rams’ defensive end Robert Quinn’s performance in 2013 has earned him yet another notable distinction. The team over at Pro Football Focus has been narrowing down their list of the top 101 players in the NFL from last season and Quinn deservedly checks in at No. 2.
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) May 16, 2014
The article includes some notable highlights. For me, the most profound quote comes in the section where author Sam Monson discusses Quinn’s best game of the season – the Rams’ Week 12 contest against the Bears – in which he registered a 14.4 on PFF’s grading scale. From Monson:
“How dominant was Quinn in this game? His grade for the 69 snaps he played against Chicago would rank eighth in the league over the season at his position. He graded better in this game over 69 snaps than DeMarcus Ware did over 648 snaps playing in Dallas.”
It certainly puts some nice analytical context into a season where, most of the time, the smartest thing that came out of our mouths when watching Quinn was “OOOOOOOAAAAAAAHHHHHHARRRRRRRRRRRRYEAAAAHHHHHHHHH”. The full article can be found here.
Quinn trailed only pass-rushing colleague J.J. Watt of the Texans, who earned the top spot on the list after registering the highest single-season grade in the site’s history.