Joe Burrow will soon be declared an endangered species if he doesn’t start getting better protection, and a perfect storm is brewing Sunday at MetLife Stadium:
A reeling team with alarming early signs of that dreaded Super Bowl hangover fueled by a franchise quarterback who freely fills the air with accurate footballs confronting a pass rusher hellbent on turning the corner on a soul-crushing rehab from the ruptured Achilles that cost him the 2021 season.
It isn’t so much that the Bengals missed Carl Lawson last season because free agency brought them Trey Hendrickson and his 14 sacks and an AFC championship.
The Jets missed Carl Lawson.
“We definitely got to get the quarterback down in this one,” Lawson said.
There will be more opportunities to get this quarterback down than there have been against Lamar Jackson and Jacoby Brissett. Lawson swears it doesn’t matter that Burrow wears the uniform he wore for the first four years of his NFL career.
“No, no different emotion,” he said.
Jets defensive end Carl Lawson (58) runs at practice.Bill Kostroun/New York Post
Any quarterback will do after all he’s endured. Lawson signed a three-year, $45 million deal in free agency to terrorize them all.
He had a half-sack in Cleveland and the Jets are holding up a sign that reads: Beware Carl Lawson.
“I don’t necessarily put things in percentages,” Lawson said. “But the body is starting to heal faster, I’m starting to…