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    Quinn's Rookie Performance Actually Calls to Mind Wistrom ..

    Quinn's Rookie Performance Actually Calls to Mind Wistrom
    By D'Marco Farr
    Published: July 12, 2012


    All eyes are on Rams right defensive end Robert Quinn this year. If he realizes his potential as a pass-rusher, then this year could be the start of something great for the St. Louis defense. Quinn started to come on in the second half of last season, recording four sacks in his last eight games. He earned more and more playing time, and flashed big-play ability as the only Ram to log a blocked punt. But he would also disappear for extended periods during drives and learned the hard and painful lesson that you canít take plays off in the NFL. And no matter how fast you are, you just canít run around elite left tackles all the time in professional football. He had some problems at times disengaging from big, physical offensive tackles when they got their hands on him.

    With dedication to his craft, the skyís the limit for Quinn. Yet, many were surprised when the Rams selected Quinn at No. 14 overall in the 2011 NFL draft. Some teams picking ahead of the Rams were scared off by rumors of a brain tumor, even though he has top talent.

    So, what is the expectation? First, let me ask a question.

    If Robert Quinn plays for nine seasons and records fewer than six sacks per season, would you consider him a bust? What if he never leads the Rams in quarterback sacks, save for just one season? Is he a flop? Would you be OK if Quinn never sniffs a Pro Bowl team, or would you say it was unrealized potential?

    If the answer is yes to any of the above, then I would have to ask what you think of Grant Wistrom.

    Wistrom, a two-time All American and Lombardi Award winner at the University of Nebraska, was drafted sixth overall by the Rams in 1998. An ďup the fieldĒ guy who went sideline to sideline, he made a ton of backside plays. I never saw him take a play off in practice or a game and, last time I checked, most Rams fans consider Grant a primetime player on two Super Bowl teams who impacted the team far beyond the stat sheet. As a teammate, I appreciated Wistromís nonstop motor and relentless effort more than his pure pass-rush ability as a defensive end. He was a terror off the edge, though. Left ends Kevin Carter and Leonard Little both benefited from Wistromís ability to battle through blocks and make plays. Sure, they may have ended their respective Rams careers with more sacks than Wistrom. But I would also have to argue that both guys wouldnít have had as much success without Wistrom lining up on the other side.

    Quinnís rookie season eclipsed Wistromís in terms of production and participation. Wistrom played in 13 games, with no starts, and recorded three sacks, one forced fumble and 14 tackles. Quinn appeared in 14 games, starting one, and notched five sacks, one forced fumble, two passes defended and 20 tackles. And you have to say that Wistromís journey to the starting lineup should have been considerably less difficult than Quinnís. Mike D. Jones started at right defensive end for the Rams in 1998. He should have been easily replaceable by a player selected sixth overall. It didnít work out that way. James Hall was the starter at right end in 2011 Ė one year after logging 10.5 sacks. Hall shouldíve been the starter. Jones (even though heís a friend) should not have started 15 games at right defensive end.

    If Quinn turns out to be just another Grant Wistrom, would you be disappointed?

    Wistrom is Wistrom and Quinn is Quinn .. I'm expecting Robert will develop into a great player for us.


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    Re: Quinn's Rookie Performance Actually Calls to Mind Wistrom ..

    I see Quinn as more of a Leonard Little. Chris Long actually reminds me of Wistrom, although Long is a bit more athletic.
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    Re: Quinn's Rookie Performance Actually Calls to Mind Wistrom ..

    Ramusic to my ears... Go King Quinn!

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    Re: Quinn's Rookie Performance Actually Calls to Mind Wistrom ..

    If Quinn turns out to be just another Grant Wistrom, would you be disappointed? Yes

    Quinn is not a Wistrom type as RockinRam pointed out, so yeah I would be disappointed. My hope is he is the next Dwight Freeney.

    "There's nothing but upside with Robert," said Mike Waufle, the Rams' new defensive line coach. "When you're a student of the game, you've got a chance to be able to progress faster. The second thing is that he has speed. He's 'God-gifted' like crazy from top to bottom, and this is a speed game."

    A highly-respected line coach, Waufle spent the past two seasons with the Oakland Raiders but is best known for his work with the New York Giants from 2004-09. With the Giants, he coached the likes of Michael Strahan, Justin Tuck, and Osi Umenyiori. With Oakland, he coached Richard Seymour. So Waufle knows what a top-flight defensive lineman looks like.

    Quinn has that kind of potential.
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    Re: Quinn's Rookie Performance Actually Calls to Mind Wistrom ..

    I'm expecting quinn to be the next jevon kearse


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