Monday, September 25, 2023

Robert Quinn Grudgingly Admits Braxton Jones Is Challenging Him


Robert Quinn has played in the NFL for a decade. He has 101 sacks in his career and could be in the conversation for the Hall of Fame one day. This man has gone against the league’s best offensive tackles. So it takes a lot for him to admit whether a blocker has something to offer or not. That is why his comments about Chicago Bears rookie Braxton Jones were so interesting. Quinn didn’t outright praise him, but he did admit the 5th round pick has been giving him a battle for most of training camp.

What stands out right away to the 32-year-old is how long and athletic Jones is. When a tackle has those two traits, they tend to find success. The best part was when he got asked if he gave the rookie any tips during their frequent reps against each other. Quinn shook his head, stating that isn’t his job. He’s a defensive lineman and has no intention of making Jones’ job easier.

Robert Quinn is exactly what Jones needs.

The best way to prepare an inexperienced tackle for the NFL is to line him up against a great pass rusher day after day in practice. Quinn had 18 sacks last year. He’s one of the best in the sport at what he does. Few can provide Jones with a better education on what he will see moving forward. Everything from the speed to the power and violent hand-fighting. That will be a regular occurrence, and as a left tackle, he will likely see the best pass rusher every opponent has.

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That doesn’t seem to scare him. Jones’s confidence is one of the things coaches keep mentioning as a major positive. He isn’t intimidated by the situation. Robert Quinn has beaten him plenty of times, but the rookie isn’t wilting under pressure. He battles on every single snap. That is why other experienced defensive ends like Al-Quadin Muhammad and Trevis Gipson struggle with him.

The thing to remember here is offensive line coach Chris Morgan isn’t a newbie. He’s coached that position since back in 2009. During that span, he’s worked with some outstanding left tackles, including Trent Williams, Russell Okung, and Jake Matthews. There is no way he would put Jones at that spot if he didn’t think the rookie was incapable of doing the job. Every practice since the spring has seemed to validate his decision further.


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Gator Joe
Gator Joe
Aug 12, 2022 9:22 am

Do we dare hope that B. Jones is the real deal? This draft class is shaping up nicely. Hmm. That guy Poles might actually know what he is doing. BTW, the SunTimes writers have given Poles until Sunday night to get R.Smith’s deal done. No idea where they came up with that deadline but there it is. Reality is that Poles doesn’t have to do anything at all. Smith is under contract– he doesn’t have to like it but he signed it.

Keith B
Keith B
Aug 11, 2022 10:21 pm

Hi Erik! Love your articles. You have become my “go to” read. I am totally in on the management/coaching (haven’t been this excited about management…maybe ever – and I have been a Bears fan for 40 years). Seeing a 5th rounder (and arguable two 5th rounders) make noise is awesome. It looks like this draft class is going to be strong. Would love to hear your thoughts about the organization as a whole. You seem excited. I am looking forward to the season, and if injuries don’t decimate us I think we can win 10 games and shock the league.… Read more »

Aug 11, 2022 5:32 pm

Quinn had 18 sacks last year.”

Correction: Robert Quinn had 18.5 sacks last year. Don’t rob that man of his 0.5 sack. 🤨 He worked hard for it.

Aug 11, 2022 4:14 pm

Puff piece alert. Show me during the games!!

Erik Lambert
Erik Lambert
Aug 11, 2022 4:06 pm

Hey guys!
Erik Lambo Lambert here! Thanks for reading my article where I wrote the same compliments to Braxton as I wrote about Charles Leno when he was the Bears starting LT! Stay undrafted my friends!


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