Bill Belichick is impressed with Khalil Mack recent play, but that doesn't mean he's ready to compare the Bears' linebacker to all-time great Lawrence Taylor. When asked how Khalil stacked up to Giants' legend Lawrence Taylor. The Patriots coach who first gained the trust of the NFL brass while Lawrence Taylor was toying with opposing offensive lineman and quarterbacks in the 80s, seemed offended by the mere suggestion.
"Wait a minute, we're talking about Lawrence Taylor now," said Belichick. "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."
The Hall of Famer, who's been retired since 1993 tweeted, "What he said!!!!" after hearing of Bill Belichick's praise.
Lawrence Taylor played under Bill Belichick while the coaching maestro was employed as the New York Giants' defensive coordinator, has long returned the sentiment, ever since the current Pats' coach departed for the Browns' organization. That being said, Belichick is still wary of the threat Khalil Mack poses to his Patriots' this upcoming week in the NFL calendar.
"He's big, strong and fast," Belichick said in praise of Khalil Mack. "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."
The New England Patriots face the 3-2 Chicago Bears this Sunday at 1 pm.