The Chicago Bears signed edge rusher Robert Quinn to a five-year contract worth $70 million last offseason. Quinn was coming off of a career year in Dallas, in which he recorded 11.5 sacks.
The signing was somewhat questionable, as the Bears had already invested a lot of money in the defense and giving an expensive five year contract to a 30 year old is generally frowned upon. However, it gave Chicago the potential to have the best pass rush in the NFL.
Unfortunately, Quinn’s first year in Chicago did not go as planned. He recorded just 2 sacks, 6 quarterback hits and 20 tackles. General manager Ryan Pace was slammed for this decision, as the large sum of money he spent on Quinn would have been better used elsewhere.
Quinn’s contract was not worth the payoff last season. However, a recently revealed statistic by Next Gen Stats places Robert Quinn at number 10 among all pass rushers last season. This is fairly surprising, as his basic statistics would suggest otherwise. Here is Next Gen Stat’s report.
It turns out that Robert Quinn was a factor for Chicago’s defense last season, at least according to Next Gen Stats. Even though his statistics did not show it, Quinn was quietly assisting the defense by disrupting the quarterback. Hopefully he will be able to turn these disruptions into sacks and tackles for loss next season under new defensive coordinator Sean Desai.
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