The Dolphins have become known as one of the more active teams during free agency and they lived up to their M.O. again this year. Miami sent picks No. 111 and 183 to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for defensive end Robert Quinn.
On Wednesday Quinn revealed to South Florida media members that he felt abandoned by his former team and is looking forward to a fresh start in Miami.
“It’s like this, this is the first time I’ve been traded,” Quinn said. You commit yourself to someone and you have your family turn their back on you.”
“Honestly, you don’t realize you’re suffocating until you can’t breathe anymore. So honestly, I’m glad I can have a new breath of air in Miami.”
Part of Quinn’s frustration came from the Rams shifting from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 defense under grizzled veteran defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.
Phillips was of the mindset that if a player is talented enough, he’s a fit in his defense, and going by the numbers – he’s correct. Quinn posted 8.5 sacks in 15 games in 2017, but he clearly felt as though the 3-4 defense was suboptimal for him.
“I don’t know if you’ve ever watched the Olympics, but I’ve never seen one of the sprinters run from a two-point stance.”
Quinn, a two-time Pro Bowler is a perfect fit for Miami’s Wide 9 scheme, as he’s well adept at using his 6-foot-4 250 pound frame to set the edge and stop the run on the way to the quarterback. However, his specialty is utilizing his speed and initial burst to put pressure on opposing signal callers.
At just 27 years of age Quinn is already seven-years deep into his NFL career. After spending the first seven years of his career with the Rams, he will now team up with Miami defensive end Cameron Wake, who he is tied with for the most strip-sacks since 2012 with 16.