Bears OLB Robert Quinn takes November’s Defensive Player of the Month honors. What’s more impressive is “…he did it with only three games, since the Bears’ bye fell in November.” (Alex Shapiro, NBCSports)
The Numbers Game
I am bothered that I didn’t think of the aforementioned stat myself, but that’s neither here nor there. Quinn recorded a bonkers 5.5 sacks in three games. He added six QB hits, and one forced fumble. Although he had 3.5 of these sacks and 4 hits in one game (Baltimore), these are still monster numbers for a three-game stretch.
He leads the Bears in sacks by a long shot with 11 on the year in 10 games. Khalil Mack is second with 6 sacks but in only seven games. This is also good for a tie for fourth in the NFL overall, and Quinn is only three sacks behind the NFL leader, Myles Garrett, who has 14.
Quinn’s Consistency Has Been Key for the Bears D
Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks have only played seven games apiece this year for the Bears. This only magnifies the importance of having an experienced defensive playmaker in Robert Quinn. The Bears defense still ranks 10th overall in yards per game, and it is the reason why the Bears have been able to keep games close.
Robert Quinn has played in ten out of the Bears’ eleven games so far, and his consistency in the lineup has helped keep their entire defensive unit effective. If the Bears can get their offense going at a much more productive clip, Quinn and the defense can keep the Bears afloat in the playoff race. At 4-7, they are still definitely in the hunt.
Quinn’s First DPOM Award
This is Robert Quinn’s first-ever Defensive Player of the Month award, but he has been no stranger to accolades throughout his career. In his seven years with the Rams, Quinn was named to the Pro Bowl twice and was named first-team All-Pro in 2013.
At age 31 it is impressive to see the sack numbers that Quinn is putting up this year. If he can keep up a similar pace through to the end of the season, he may be in line for his third Pro Bowl appearance. His next chance for sacks will be this Sunday, as the Bears host the Arizona Cardinals in a crucial game for their playoff hopes.
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