The Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero caught up with Miami Dolphins DE and former Los Angeles Rams OLB Robert Quinn on a conference call this morning, and he had quite a bit to say about LA.
Quinn was blindsided by the trade that took place in early March saying:
It’s like this, this is the first time I’ve been traded. You commit yourself to someone and you have your family turn their back on you.
and added that he was “pretty much shocked, honestly” when it went down.
I don’t think that’s entirely unfair. Quinn signed a massive extension in 2014 that added four years on the books keeping him under wraps through the 2019 season. Trades for players of his caliber at his price have been historically rare. That this offseason was an aberration from that history, and that the Rams were at the tip of the spear making it so, isn’t something Quinn should have have anticipated. Or any of us really.
It was another comment that perhaps well draw the attention, and potentially ire, from Rams fans.
Quinn suggested that the move to Miami was a “a breath of fresh air” but added that he was “suffocating” with the Rams.
That’s a pretty interesting word choice.
Quinn added to it by simply offering, “I’m not a West Coast guy, put it that way.”
What that means? I’m not sure. The context being left unsaid? No clue.
But it sounds like there’s something to Quinn’s exit and his time in LA that never quite sat right with him.
Here’s hoping he’s more comfortable in south Florida and doesn’t “suffocate” with the Dolphins.