Since 2012, Miami Dolphins defensive ends Cam Wake and Robert Quinn each have 16 strip-sacks of the quarterback, which is topped by no other player in the NFL during that span.
That means Miami should have fearsome bookend pass rushers, attempting not only to get quarterbacks down this season, but trying to get the ball out of their hands.
Chandler Jones and Ryan Kerrigan have 15 and 13 strip-sacks during that time. Quinn and Wake have each had four or more forced fumbles in a season twice. Is is possible that together they might force eight or more fumbles this season?
“I guess we’re number 1-2 at stripped sacked and forced fumbles,” Quinn said Wednesday. “So if we can do that once a game or twice a game, I think that gives our team a great chance of winning, week in and week out.”
Once or twice a game might be ambitious. But it’s good to have lofty goals.
Quinn prefers to play right defensive end. And Wake prefers left defensive end. And they might very well be Miami’s opening-day starters, with Charles Harris, Andre Branch and William Hayes rotating in.
Quinn and Wake have interacted only once since Quinn came to Miami in a trade. But Quinn expressed respect.
“Always hear about his work ethic, the way he eats, the way he takes care of himself,” Quinn said. “(Wake) earned his stripes. He committed himself. He’s a heck of a Hall of Famer player, whenever he decides. I makes you realize when you have that type of caliber player it makes you want to get back to that level of expectations being great. It’s exciting.”
Quinn is excited to return to his natural defensive end position, after one year at linebacker in a 3-4 defense.
“I don’t know if you’ve ever watched the Olympic but I’ve never seen a sprinter run from a two-point stance,” Quinn said. “Honestly, I think if you want to get the best get-off you’re supposed to be in a three-point stance.”
Quinn explained why he tries to takeaway the ball when he closes in on the quarterback.
“Being on the right side, it’s usually the blind side of the quarterback, so they can’t see you,” Quinn said. “I had a coach that told me anytime the defense gets a turnovers it’s like a 65-70 percent chance of winning. Any time you score on defense it’s pretty much 100 percent. That’s more my mindset. If I can get a strip, forced fumble and touchdown on defense, that pretty much guarantees the team wins and that’s what I’m about.”