Former Auburn DL Carl Lawson claims Aaron Rodgers is one of the easiest NFL QBs to sack
Former Auburn DL Carl Lawson had a stellar career in the SEC, and that has carried over to the NFL.
In his two years with the Cincinnati Bengals, he has recorded 9.5 sacks in 23 career games. He’s recovering from a torn ACL, but he should be a force again in 2019.
As he prepares for Year 3 in the NFL, he said on Monday that he finds that Green Bay Packers star QB Aaron Rodgers, one of the best in NFL history, is one of the easier quarterbacks to sack (via NFL.com):
“Honestly, I think it’s easier to sack Aaron Rodgers than most quarterbacks,” Lawson said. “He sits there, and he pats the ball. At the same time, sacking him don’t mean nothing if you don’t do it for four quarters. You know, he came back against us.
“So, I mean, he’s an easier quarterback for me to sack personally, because he sits there, and he probably gets eight to 10 yards in the pocket. He’s got a great left tackle in (David Bakhtiari). So, he just sits there, he waits, he waits, getting that read. When he gets sacked, he doesn’t get flustered. I only saw him get frustrated maybe one time when I did sack him, which was the third and a half sack that they took off (negated by a penalty)…”
Lawson finished that game in 2017 with 2.5 sacks, so he definitely was able to get after Rodgers better than most.
He’s right, though — quarterbacks who have to hold the ball to make plays are a bit easier to sack than guys like Tom Brady who have it out of their hand in two seconds or less.