St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn made a tremendous jump in his third season, and it doesn't look like it's going unrewarded as Quinn has been named Defensive Player of the Year by Pro Football Writers Association.
Benny Cunningham (@BCunningham36) January 15, 2014
The year was special for Quinn. He wasn't just an elite pass rusher, he also played the run well, which isn't as sexy as his 19 sacks and seven forced fumbles is, but it does show how well rounded he was this season. Quinn had 57 tackles and only seven were assists; in his first two seasons combined he had 52 tackles. Also, don't forget that he is a Pro Bowler this year.
I guess it's official and it's no surprise to me. They got this one right %RQDPOY congrats to a hell of a football player @RQuinn94— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) January 15, 2014
Although this isn't the "official" award which is given out by the Associated Press -- this award doesn't mean that Quinn will win the AP award either -- but it definitely doesn't hurt. It means that he's at least a serious contender for that award (an extra sack against the Seattle Seahawks would have been great).
The future is bright for Quinn even if he doesn't win the AP Defensive Player of the Year. He did win this one and being as young as he is, the future is bright. Now all that's left to do is wait for him to win the "official" AP award, and then expect an encore next year, right? Am I right? Of course I am, congratulations Robert Quinn.