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Robert Quinn says he's Defensive Player of the Year

Robert Quinn had an outrageous season. We worry the middling nature of the St. Louis Rams' 2013 could have obscured this reality.

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For the uninitiated, here's what you should know: Quinn finished with 19 sacks, seven forced fumbles and 57 tackles. Eighteen of those tackles came for a loss. Pro Football Focus studied every snap and ranked Quinn as the best 4-3 defensive end in football. No. 2 on that list (Cameron Wake) wasn't close.

When Quinn stopped by the "Around The League Podcast" studio Thursday, we asked if he felt he deserves the NFL's Defensive Player Of The Year award, to be handed out on Feb. 1 in New York. It was quickly apparent the topic has been on his mind.

"I definitely think I do," he said. "Should I start making my case?"

Oh most definitely.

"I'll start with the opening game against the Cardinals," he began. "I had a sack, forced fumble, huge turnover for the team. Basically it (set up) the game-tying or game-winning field goal. That was one win."

"Then there was Chicago, where I got the sack, strip, forced fumble and a touchdown to seal a game. That's two."

"When we were in Indianapolis, I think it was the first pass play, strip, sack, forced fumble. Chris Long returned it for a touchdown. That's two touchdowns."

"When we were playing New Orleans, there was a huge one, strip, sack, forced fumble. Big momentum. That's four."

Quinn probably could've gone on, but the point was made. Quinn wants you to know this wasn't the case of a stat compiler at work, hoping to fool voters who rely solely on a spread sheet. Quinn impacted games for Rams, and was the main reason they remained competitive after quarterback Sam Bradford was lost to a knee injury.

The field for DPOY is competitive this year. Like Best-Picture-at-the-2014-Oscars competitive. Richard Sherman, Robert Mathis, Earl Thomas, J.J. Watt and Luke Kuechly are all worthy candidates. But Quinn gets the vote of Around The League.

(Now all we need is a vote that counts.)

We previewed Championship Sunday and sat down with Rams star Robert Quinn in the latest "Around The League Podcast."

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