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Chicago Bears outside linebacker Robert Quinn named NFC defensive player of the month

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The chaos of three days due to a false media report claiming Matt Nagy was to be fired was all left behind by the Chicago Bears on their final drive to a 16-14 win over the Detroit Lions.

As he continues his impressive comeback season, Chicago Bears outside linebacker Robert Quinn was named NFC defensive player of the month for November.

In three November games, Quinn had 5 ½ sacks for minus-33 yards, 14 tackles, five tackles for a loss, six quarterback hits and a forced fumble. That included a 3 ½-sack performance against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 11.

Quinn, 31, leads the Bears with 11 sacks and also has 36 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, 13 quarterback hits and two forced fumbles in his 11th NFL season. His production has been important as outside linebacker Khalil Mack struggled with a foot injury that ended his season.

Quinn’s output comes a season after he recorded a career-low two sacks in his first year with the Bears. He has credited being in a good mental space as part of what has allowed him to bounce back.

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In this Oct. 10, 2021, file photo, Chicago Bears outside linebacker Robert Quinn warms up for the team's NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders in Las Vegas.

“Last year, for everybody, was a little bit off, a little bit difficult with the COVID stuff,” Bears coach Matt Nagy said. “So I think everybody had their own issues that we all went through. For Robert, as we get to where we’re at this year right now, to see him bounce back and be whatever he is, top five in sacks right now, what I instantly put it to is this guy in the offseason, he cared immensely about wanting to get better and how could we do that, creating a plan in the offseason and then him following it.

“From the very first day he got here in the offseason, in training camp and into the preseason and regular season, his motor goes 1,000 miles per hour every play.”

Quinn’s best season came in 2013 with the St. Louis Rams, when he had 19 sacks, 34 quarterback hits and 23 tackles for a loss. His 11 sacks this season rank his third behind that year and 11 ½ in his 2019 season with the Dallas Cowboys.

He is the first Bears player to be named defensive player of the month since Eddie Jackson in November 2018.

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