Patriots news: Bill Belichick compares J.J. Watt to Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor
Bill Belichick sounded like a coach who would die to have a player like J.J. Watt play for him during a recent interview with John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
The New England Patriots head coach had nothing but praises for the Watt. Perhaps the biggest compliment he had for the Houston Texans linebacker was comparing Watt to New York Giants great, Lawrence Taylor.
Motor, effort, strength, quickness, instincts (and) the ability to make game-changing plays at critical times in the game,” Belichick said about Watt and Taylor. “Knowing when the big play – critical third-down or fourth-quarter play or red-area play – knowing those critical plays in the game. As good as Taylor would play all game, that was the time when he would play at his best.”
Belichick served as a linebackers coach and defensive coordinator for the New York Giants from 1970 to 1990, overseeing the development of Taylor from a rookie in 1981 into an all-time great. Belichick was still with the team when Taylor became just the second defensive player to be bestowed with the NFL Most Valuable Player award in 1986.
Belichick is completely wary of how disruptive Watt could be on the field, and he’s expecting the Texans defensive leader to make his presence felt when the Texans pay Foxborough a visit this coming Sunday.
“Everything with him is kind of at the top of the chart – powerful, strong, very instinctive. He’s a smart player, he’s got great quickness for his size (and) a lot of people miss him trying to block him.
Like Taylor, Watt has also won the Defensive Player of the Year three times.