By Zach Kruse
Highlights of Aaron Rodgers often feature the Green Bay Packers quarterback darting around the pocket and avoiding pass rushers before finally unleashing a big throw downfield.
But is Rodgers actually one of the easier quarterbacks in the NFL to get on the ground?
At least one pass rusher believes so. Carl Lawson of the Cincinnati Bengals recently explained why.
“Honestly, I think it’s easier to sack Aaron Rodgers than most quarterbacks,” Lawson said, via NFL.com. “He sits there, and he pats the ball. … 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.”
Lawson’s idea here isn’t all that controversial: Rodgers is a notorious big-play hunter, which means he holds the ball longer than most quarterbacks while waiting for the play to develop downfield. And while Rodgers is certainly elusive, his desire for big plays typically means more – and longer – opportunities for pass rushers to get their hands on...