Texans vs. Rams: Q/A with Ramblin’ Fan

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Sep 26, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers (90) defensive end Robert Quinn (94) and defensive end Chris Long (91) huddle up before a game against the San Francisco 49ers at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

What player on the Rams has been the biggest surprise in your opinion this season?
Plenty of players have played surprisingly poor, but we will try and keep this as positive as possible.

Robert Quinn may be the biggest surprise this season for the team, but not for the reason that most would suspect. Currently, Quinn is the highest ranking pass rusher in the NFL (yes, one slot ahead of J.J. Watt, according to PFF), but that was expected by most. What we did not anticipate his Quinn’s massive improvement against the run, where he currently ranks 13th overall among 4-3 defensive ends.

In years’ past, the Rams would have to rotate William Hayes or Eugene Sims on obvious passing downs. Now, Quinn has demonstrated that he can hold his own as an every-down end.