Quinn as a Cowboy
Robert Quinn’s first season as a Cowboy was great, to say the least. He did start on a bad note since he missed the first two games due to suspension, but he showed up with a bang.
There were only four games where Quinn had zero sacks. So, in 14 games he sacked the opposing quarterback 11.5 times. In a full 16 game season that would amount to 13.0 sacks.
Sure that would only add 1.5 sacks to Quinn’s total, but that would place him seventh in the league, ahead of defensive tackle Aaron Donald. I understand it’s just one season, but doing anything better than Donald is something to brag about.
He did not make the Pro Bowl this time around, but very well could have if he played those extra two games. The Cowboys should be happy that he didn’t make it since that can’t be used in negotiations now.
Throughout the season when some were praising Quinn for stepping up, others were saying it is a direct result of fellow defensive lineman DeMarcus Lawrence being double-teamed. I’m not saying that was the reason, but it sure did help.
If playing alongside him made everyone an impact player, then someone else must have done at least close to as good as Quinn just did. The closest someone got was defensive lineman David Irving in 2017 when he got 7.0 sacks. That was also in only eight games.
Okay, so playing with Lawrence helps but still, you can’t take everything away from Quinn. He managed to put together a great season and prove that he is not limited by his past injuries.
He is still the speedy edge rusher that keeps opposing tackles on their heels. Every other snap, it looks like Quinn has a good chance to break free and make a play. That should be respected, regardless of who is on the other end of the line.