Belichick Rejects Khalil Mack Being Same Class of Player as Lawrence Taylor
The New England Patriots coach seemed almost offended at the comparison.
There’s some debate about whether New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
One Giant whose Canton credentials have never been held in question is Lawrence Taylor, the 10-time Pro Bowler Bill Belichick had the privilege of coaching when he was the defensive coordinator for New York in the ’80s.
Now the coach of the Patriots, Belichick was asked how Bears linebacker Khalil Mack stacks up against Taylor in advance of New England’s game against Chicago this weekend.
While he gave Mack his props, Belichick was hesitant to put the current NFL star in the same breath as the ’86 NFL MVP.
“Wait a minute, we’re talking about Lawrence Taylor now,” Belichick said. “I’m not putting anybody in Lawrence Taylor’s class. Put everybody down below that. With a lot of respect to a lot of good players, we’re talking about Lawrence Taylor.”
Bill Belichick on if Khalil Mack is up there with Lawrence Taylor:
"Wait a minute, we're talking about Lawrence Taylor, now. I'm not putting anybody in Lawrence Taylor's class." pic.twitter.com/Owgo0Pqaer
— Casey Baker (@CaseyBake16) October 17, 2018
In a previous conference call, Belichick did praise Mack.
“Big, strong and fast,” Belichick said Tuesday. He’s got a lot of power. He does a good job of power-rushing and he’s fast enough to get the edge. He has good ball awareness so he does a good job of tackling the quarterback when he has to tackle him, but if he has a chance to get the ball out he’s got good ball awareness and can strip it out.”
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