The Eagles bolster their pass rush with acquisition of Robert Quinn | You Pod to Win the Game

Yahoo Sports Charles Robinson, Jori Epstein and Charles McDonald discuss Philadelphia’s trade with Chicago for DE/LB Robert Quinn. The Eagles send the Bears a fourth round pick in return for the veteran pass rusher. How does Quinn fit in with the Eagles, and how good does this make Philly’s defensive front? Hear the full conversation on the You Pod to Win the Game podcast. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you listen.

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CHARLES ROBINSON: Robert Quinn gets dealt today. The trade deadline is rolling, November 1st, Monday. Starting to heat up. We've seen Christian McCaffrey moved, a few other little odds and ends at this point. But Quinn, obviously, the big deal today. Former-- I don't want to say former dominant pass rusher, but obviously his ceiling of 18 and 1/2 sacks, he's far off it this year. I think he's had one sack this year.

Bears have been shopping him for a while. This has a distinct feel of they're going for it now. I don't know if they-- my assumption is they feel like they're going to lose their defensive coordinator to a head coaching job, so they're trying to wrap this championship now while they've got the window and the continuity. But the Quinn addition is-- at least in that defensive scheme, I think he's got a chance to be pretty revelatory for what the Eagles can do against some of the passing teams they're going to face.

CHARLES MCDONALD: Yeah, I think when you look at where Robert Quinn is in his career, too, this is probably like a perfect landing spot for him. Because I think with Quinn, it helped a lot having someone like Khalil Mack across from him last year even when he had some high sack totals with the Bears.

But I don't know, at this point in his career, if he's a guy that can just carry the load for you as far as being your dominant number-one pass rusher. But with the Eagles, he doesn't have to be. I mean, they have a lot of defensive line talent. They can get creative with a lot of their pass rushers too. And to me, it's just another piece on what's probably the best defensive line in the league.

CHARLES ROBINSON: It was interesting. When I made calls on the trade deadline-- I did a piece on Monday just kind of shoring up who are some of the teams that are going to be sellers and who are the players. Quinn's name came up several times as a kind of low ceiling maybe Von Miller, like a poor man-- not even really a poor man's Von Miller.

I mean, he was clearly seen by teams as if you're going to go out and you're going to grab a piece, and you have assets on defense already, and you want to plug in a guy and maybe get more juice for the squeeze, Quinn was the guy. Clearly, a number of teams pointed at him.

And you look at the defensive line for the Eagles, I mean, it's crazy. Brandon Graham, Fletcher Cox, Javon Hargrave. If everybody's healthy, that's a hell of a lineup to stick him into. And I can understand now why Howie Roseman would probably try to get this done on Wednesday. And he was very active. So on Monday, everyone knew that Howie was active and searching for a piece or two. The Eagles may not even be done.

But the fact that he got it done on a Wednesday rather than pushing it all the way to the deadline, I think, speaks to the reality that people knew Quinn was going to be available because of the contract situation. And he was going to be coveted by probably a handful of teams that, as I said, had the assets up front to be able to make those additions and get everything you could out of him.