New Dolphins DE Robert Quinn rejuvenated after ‘suffocating’ with Rams

Robert Quinn was unhappy with the Rams. (Getty Images)

The last two seasons with the Rams were brutal for defensive end Robert Quinn, who feels rejuvenated after his first month with the Dolphins.

Miami traded a fourth-round pick for Quinn at the beginning of March, and his experience so far has been tremendous. He was thrilled to get out of Los Angeles and has embraced the chance to restart his career in South Florida.

“Honestly, you don’t realize you’re suffocating until you can’t breathe no more, so I was just glad I could have a new breath of fresh air down here in Miami,” he said. “It’s allowed me to clear my mind and have a fresh start and a new beginning and new possibilities. I’m excited for the new start. I think this was best for me and my family. Sometimes things work out funny, but they always work out for the best.”

Suffocating?

“Well, how about this: I’m not a West Coast guy,” said Quinn, who grew up in South Carolina and played at North Carolina. “I’ll just put it that way.”

When pressed on whether he was miserable with Los Angeles or energized by his experience thus far with the Dolphins, he said it was a combination of the two.

Quinn, 27, spent his first seven seasons with the Rams, who drafted him 14th overall in 2011. He grew into one of the most ferocious pass rushers in the NFL and had a staggering 19 sacks in 2013, including three in a game three times, was selected as an all-pro defensive end.

He had 10.5 for the Rams the next season, giving him 40 in a three-year span, but hasn’t been anywhere close to that level since because of injuries and, it appears, some frustrations with the organization.

“You commit yourself to someone and then you have a family member turn their back on you,” he said. “Then you realize they appreciate you around here and you commit yourself to them. All it takes is for someone to rub you the wrong way one time and you keep moving. I’ve got a new family down here in Miami, and that’s all I’m concerned about.”

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