There’s a high-profile Super Bowl-winning coach who thinks we all need to slow down on the Khalil Mack hype.
No. It’s not that one.
Bill Belichick: ‘Wait a minute’
With the New England Patriots preparing to play the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Bill Belichick was asked if Mack ranks up there with Lawrence Taylor as “one of the better” pass rushers he’s seen.
Belichick, the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants through Taylor’s ’80s prime, took the question as a personal affront.
“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 now, we’re talking about Lawrence Taylor.”
Rare emotion from Belichick
That’s the most emotion we’ve seen from Belichick since his ever-inspiring “no days off” chant while clutching the Lombardi Trophy after Super Bowl LI.
While the question posed to Belichick was fair — he wasn’t asked if Mack was better than Taylor — it is fair for Belichick to remind everyone how good Taylor was.
Mack is dominant. Mack is imposing. Mack is overwhelming. Mack is terrifying.
These are all traits shared with Taylor.
Taylor truly is in his own class
But it’s not an unreasonable argument to call Taylor the best football player of all time on either side of the ball. Mack is not that.
Belichick wasn’t the only one reminding folks on Wednesday of the force Taylor was.
LT himself chimed in, backing up his former coach on Twitter.
Mack is 27 and has a few years of prime football to go. He looks destined to establish himself as one of the all-time greats.
But we’re siding with Belichick here. Let’s slow down the LT comparisons.
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