Friday, January 28, 2022

Out linebacker Robert Quinn named Chicago Bears NFC Defensive Player of the Month: ‘His motor hits 1,000 mph every play’

As he continued his impressive comeback season, the Chicago Bears were named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for November, outside linebacker Robert Quinn.

In three November games, Quinn had 5½ sacks for minus-33 yards, 14 tackles, five tackles for a loss, six quarterback hits and a coercive fumble. This included a three-and-a-half hour performance against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 11.

Quinn, 31, leads the Bears with 11 sacks and has 36 tackles, 11 tackles for losses, 13 quarterback hits, and two forceful fumbles in his 11th NFL season. His production has been crucial as outside linebacker Khalil Mack was battling a leg injury that ended his season.

Quinn’s production comes one season after he recorded a career-less two sacks in his first year with the Bears. She credits being in a good mental space as part of allowing her to bounce back.

“Last year, for everyone, was a little difficult with the COVID stuff,” said Bears coach Matt Nagy. “So I think everyone had their own issues that we all went through. As for Robert, as to where we are now this year, to see him bounce back and whatever he is, top five in the sacks right now, what I immediately put is this guy in the off-season. Well, he cared about wanting to be better and how we can do that, making a plan in the off-season and then following it.

“From day one he came in off-season, to training camp, and into preseason and regular season, his motor hits 1,000 mph every game.”

Quinn’s best season came in 2013 with the St. Louis Rams, when he had 19 sacks, 34 quarterback hits and 23 tackles. His 11 sacks this season ranks third after that year and 11 1/2 with the Dallas Cowboys in the 2019 season.

He is the first Bears player to be named Defensive Player of the Month since Eddie Jackson in November 2018.

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