Bears notebook: Robert Quinn eyeing his own sack record
After breaking Richard Dent’s franchise record with his 18th sack, Quinn can break his career-high mark of 19 set in 2013 with the Rams. “That was eight years ago. I guess I can show people I still have a little bit left in the tank.”
Robert Quinn’s chances of leading the NFL in sacks probably evaporated when Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt had four against the Browns on Monday night to give him 21½, a 3½-sack lead over Quinn. But, with a franchise-record 18 sacks, Quinn still has a chance to break his career-high of 19 set in 2013 with the Rams.
“It would be kind of cool,” Quinn said. “That was eight years ago. I guess I can show people I still have a little bit left in the tank. It’s cool being eight years from that year. It’s humbling. But you have to get it first before I start talking about it.”
Quinn, who broke Richard Dent’s franchise record for sacks (17½ in 1984) with his 18th last week against the Giants, said he would celebrate his rejuvenating season in typical low-key style.
“I look at the stats and of course I pat myself on the back, but that’s about as far as I go,” Quinn said. “As far as buying a new car or taking a trip across the world for a good season — that’s really not me. I would rather disappear into the woods, into the countryland and go fishing or something.”
Good guy winners
Quinn and safety Tashaun Gipson were co-winners of the “Jeff Dickerson Good Guy Award,” from the Chicago chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America, which honors players for their cooperation in helping the media do their jobs.
Wide receiver Darnell Mooney and cornerback Jaylon Johnson also were finalists for this year’s award. The award was renamed in honor of ESPN reporter Jeff Dickerson, a 20-year veteran on the Bears beat who died of cancer at 43 on Dec. 28.
Happy 99th Virginia McCaskey
Coach Matt Nagy opened his Wednesday news conference by wishing owner Virginia McCaskey a happy 99th birthday. The daughter of Bears founder George Halas was born in 1923, when the Bears had just finished their third season.
“She’s an amazing lady that has been just so great to be a part of here with this organization, and from Day 1 from me getting to meet her,” Nagy said. “She’s a special person. Pretty amazing — 99 years, and I just want to wish her a happy birthday.”
Quinn (shoulder), defensive end Akiem Hicks (ankle), wide receiver Jakeem Grant (ankle) and tight end Jimmy Graham (rest) did not practice.
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