Chicago Bears: Hot takes on Justin Fields, Ryan Pace, and more

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Hot take: Robert Quinn will be a pro bowler in 2021

Will Robert Quinn make the pro bowl?

First and foremost, a pro bowl selection isn’t always a good indicator of how good a player was in that particular season. There is a long list of players who made pro bowls that shouldn’t and players who should’ve made them that didn’t. What matters for the Bears is if Quinn can continue to be a difference-maker for the entire 17 game season.

Still, the idea Quinn can continue being a disruptive complement to Khalil Mack shouldn’t be too far-fetched. When the Bears initially signed Quinn in the 2020 offseason, he was coming off an 11.5 sack season with the Cowboys. When it comes to production, Quinn is currently on Pace for over 20 sacks for the entire season, so it goes without saying he is due for some regression there.

2020 was an outlier for Robert Quinn

Quinn hasn’t come close to topping his 19 sack season back in 2013, but I’m not sure if fans realize how much of an outlier 2020 was for him. Quinn has always been a reasonably productive player until last year. Quinn came into the year hurt and based on how much better he’s looked this year; I’m starting to wonder if he was ever truly 100%. The Bears don’t need Quinn to be a pro bowler, they need him to take some weight off Mack’s shoulders in the pass rush, and he’s done a great job of that early on in 2021.

Bottom line: Robert Quinn’s resurgence has been a welcome surprise for Bears fans. A pro-bowl appearance is unlikely, but he doesn’t need to make one to be a difference-maker.