Carl Lawson, the former Bengals defensive end who signed with the Jets this offseason, tackles some Q&A with Post columnist Steve Serby.
Q: You had 27 sacks as a senior at Milton (Ga.) High School. You must have felt like you were in a zone every game.
Q: Yeah, that was fun, man. That was probably my most free year of football where it’s just like no hesitation and no thinking, and I kind of feel like that’s gonna be like that here in this system. Just go, just go, just go. That was a long time ago that I actually felt like that, so that’s encouraging, but I do feel like that here. There’s no holding me kind of back, it’s kind of unshackled, unchained.
Q: Why do you feel unshackled, unchained here?
A: I think we’re on the same page with about everything and how things should be played, and it perfectly matches my skill-set as a player. That’s kind of why I feel like unchained, unshackled.
Q: If you could sack any quarterback in NFL history, who would it be?
A: Probably [Brett] Favre, ’cause Favre would give you a sack. He gave Michael Strahan a sack. I was a big fan of Favre. He just played the game like a kid. He just had fun with the game, and that’s very rare that you see that, especially in the sport today. He’d probably congratulate me, “but I’m gonna have to get you next play,” something like that, no maliciousness to it.
Q: If you could pick the brain of any pass rusher in NFL history?
A: I would definitely hit Reggie [White] up on his mentality and why he was so dominant. Probably hit up Reggie and Bruce Smith.
Q: How would you describe your mentality on the field?
A: My mentality is to be the best player on the field when you go out there. That’s it. Obviously there’s fear beforehand, but when you step on the field, you gotta be like, “I’m the best. I’m the alpha.” That’s the mentality that you go into each and every game with,
Q: Which current quarterbacks that you haven’t sacked do you want to sack?
A: All of ’em. Any quarterback, really.
Q: Do you have a favorite sack so far?
A: Probably Big Ben [Roethlisberger] last year [during the Bengals’ Week 15 “Monday Night Football” upset]. By far that was my favorite one.
A: That was a long time coming. I hadn’t sacked him my whole time in Cincinnati, and then he used to get the ball out so quick.
Q: How ticked off were you being a fourth-round draft pick in 2017 out of Auburn, and do you still have that chip on your shoulder?
A: I very much have it. I’m a firm believer in tape and your résumé and stuff like that, so I just didn’t think that many people were better than me as players. So yeah, definitely ticks me off, but I’ve always had a chip ’cause I’m competing with myself as always.
Q: A quote a few years ago from you: “I feel like I can be ridiculously good.” What is your definition of “ridiculously good”?
A: My definition of ridiculously good is being able to unlock the potential that I feel I have as a player, and reach the heights as a player that I feel I can reach.
Q: How high can you reach?
A: I feel like the sky’s the limit.
Q: I read that one of your goals is to be a Hall of Fame player.
A: Yeah, I feel like that’s definitely one of those things.
Q: You think you have what it takes in New York to be a Hall of Fame player?
A: I definitely feel like I’ve had the skill set, like a lot of people do, but at the same time, you gotta go out there and prove it.
Carl Lawson wants to reach ‘otherworldly’ level with Jets
Source : https://nypost.com/2021/06/12/nothing-is-holding-defensive-end-carl-lawson-back-with-jets/999