Belichick puts J.J. Watt in the same category as Lawrence Taylor

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick spent 10 years coaching Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor on the Giants. Belichick thinks Taylor is the greatest defensive player he’s coached.

But Belichick says that when he watches Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt, he sees some of the same effects on an opposing offense.

“Similar to what we saw with teams dealing with Taylor in New York. He’s got that kind of disruptiveness,” Belichick said. “The position he plays, he’s as disruptive a defensive lineman as I’ve seen in the league. In the same general category as L.T.”

Belichick said it’s particularly impressive that Watt can lead the league in sacks even though opposing offenses specifically game plan to stop him.

“He’s pretty special. He does a lot of things really well, and everybody game plans for him every game. He gets a lot of double teams, the line sliding to his side, teams trying to run away from him, teams trying to handle him but he does a good job with all of it. In spite of all the attention he gets and the schemes put in week to week to try to handle him, he still gets a tremendous amount of production,” Belichick said.

Belichick has to hope Watt won’t have an L.T.-like impact when they meet on Sunday night.

82 responses to “Belichick puts J.J. Watt in the same category as Lawrence Taylor

  1. I was only 7-14 years old when I saw Taylor play. Can’t really give judgement since I was so young. But JJ Watt is the most dominant player I have ever seen.

  2. Belichick saaaaày WATT ? LT changed the game ,,,JJ WATT just says cool macho football things while micgraphoned up ! Period stop

  3. J.J. Watt is probably the most dominant player I’ve ever seen he’s fast, strong, and knows the plays that the offense will run because he’s also intelligent. This is a fair comparison although J.J. Watt off the field is much better than Taylor by a long shot. I see this being a close game thanks to the struggling o line of the Pats and Gronk being out.

  4. That dude was a beast in his time. I don’t agree with his off field issues, but his game was almost second to none at one point. Then again, so was OJ Simpson!

  5. Look for the Patriots to copy some of the Bills game plan to stop Watt. That will be the first time the Pats will take something from a Bills offensive game plan since the early 90’s

  6. Well, of course he does.

    It’s the weekly “whomever we play next is the greatest since slice bread” canned presser that we’ve all come to expect.

  7. It’s good to be recognized by BB in that way. That’s an honest evaluation and I couldn’t agree more. Watt is by far the most dominant defensive player in the NFL right now.

  8. Watt has that effect in the regular season but every time the Pats have played the Texans in the playoffs or a game determining playoff seeding Watt has just plain disappeared.

    I don’t think LT ever did that in big games.

  9. Really Bill? LT was MVP of the entire league in 1986, 10x All Pro and won multiple superbowls. Teams do not fear Watt like they did LT, not even close.

  10. Pray for Tom Brady (behind that line, throwing to those receivers, lining up across from J. J.)

  11. Bill:
    If I didn’t know any better I would have guessed you were kissing up….

    I’m sure J.J. will return the affection with lots of hugs for Tom on Sunday…wink

  12. To me Watt and Gronk are very similar and equally dominate their positions as the undisputed best at their position.

  13. If Belichick were as respectful to the rules as he is to the best player on opposing teams everyone would like him much better. But then again if he was respectful of the rules no one would know who he was because he would of been fired a long time ago.

  14. jhmiller23 says:
    Dec 9, 2015 11:11 AM
    Really Bill? LT was MVP of the entire league in 1986, 10x All Pro and won multiple superbowls. Teams do not fear Watt like they did LT, not even close.
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    What does that have to do with anything? LT won the MVP in 1986 by recording 20.5 sacks in 16 games. JJ Watt has done that twice so far in the 5 years he has been in this league. And with 13.5 sacks in 12 games, he could potentially do it for a 3rd time.

    Lawrence Taylor had 132.5 sacks in 184 career games, or an average of 0.72 sacks per game. JJ Watt has 70.5 in 76 career games, or an average of 0.93 sacks per game. Reggie White, whom I consider to be the greatest DE of all time, had 198 sacks in 232 career games for an average of 0.85 sacks per game, so JJ’s per game averages are greater than even the legendary Reggie White (though it will remain to be seen if JJ can achieve the longevity of White).

    To say that teams don’t fear a guy like JJ Watt like they did LT is based on pure opinion. LT was a beast and one of the greatest to play the game, but based on numbers JJ Watt is having a similiar impact on the game.

  15. 69goatboy says:
    Well, of course he does.

    It’s the weekly “whomever we play next is the greatest since slice bread” canned presser that we’ve all come to expect.
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    While the Hoodie usually does make the best team’s opposing player sound like the second coming he has said similar things about Watt before.

  16. To say that teams don’t fear a guy like JJ Watt like they did LT is based on pure opinion. LT was a beast and one of the greatest to play the game, but based on numbers JJ Watt is having a similiar impact on the game.
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    JJ Watt is a defensive end who rushes the passer on every drop back. LT was an outside linebacker who also covered and had to set the edge from the outside. Naturally his sacks per game average is lower.

  17. When Watt does something really important, like appear on the cover of Blitz: The League… then you can put him in LT’s class.

  18. jchipwood says:
    Dec 9, 2015 11:20 AM

    If Belichick were as respectful to the rules as he is to the best player on opposing teams everyone would like him much better. But then again if he was respectful of the rules no one would know who he was because he would of been fired a long time ago.

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    Do you think Belichick cares if anyone likes him? He doesn’t even seem to care if Brady likes him.

  19. 69goatboy says:
    Dec 9, 2015 10:57 AM
    Well, of course he does.

    It’s the weekly “whomever we play next is the greatest since slice bread” canned presser that we’ve all come to expect.

    Yeah the nerve of the guy, always showing respect to the opponent!

  20. Belichick thinks Taylor is the greatest defensive player he’s coached.

    Stands to reason. He’s the best player to ever wear an NFL uniform.

  21. jchipwood says:
    Dec 9, 2015 11:20 AM

    If Belichick were as respectful to the rules as he is to the best player on opposing teams everyone would like him much better. But then again if he was respectful of the rules no one would know who he was because he would of been fired a long time ago.
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    I get the taping from an unapproved location rule that was violated in what goofs call “Spygate”.. but what other rules has Belichick not been “respectful” of? I know it isn’t p.s.i. in footballs because Ted Welles said as much, so what rules exact are you referring to?

  22. I hate how the hoodie kisses ass to get in players heads. Watt should reply the at hoodie is not only the greatest coach ever in any sport but a genuine tribute to the best attributes and potential fulfilled in the human race.

  23. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    Dec 9, 2015 10:50 AM
    Belichick saaaaày WATT ? LT changed the game ,,,JJ WATT just says cool macho football things while micgraphoned up ! Period stop

    24 71
    Report commenT

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    Yes, rushing the qb as a free man really changed the game.

  24. No.

    Just no.

    Not even close.

    Call me after the Texans go 14-2 and win a Super Bowl. Or after the Texans beat the 2x defending champs, on the road, and Watt recovers the fumble that wins the game.

  25. Chippy I think you are confused . Bill didn’t trip a player in 2010 vs Miami, that was a Jets coach, Bill didn’t impede play by stepping on the field against the Ravens, that was Tomlin in 2013, Bill didn’t step on the white border causing a ref to lose track of the ball, that was Rex against the Pats this year.
    Bill taped in the WRONG area of the field, the same thing the Jets did and were NEVER fined for . Wrong part of the field. To this day taping is allowed .

  26. jchipwood says:
    Dec 9, 2015 11:20 AM

    If Belichick were as respectful to the rules as he is to the best player on opposing teams everyone would like him much better. But then again if he was respectful of the rules no one would know who he was because he would of been fired a long time ago.
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    Belichick goes by the rules as they are written. It isn’t his fault that they are often ambiguous, or that other coaches don’t understand them.

    Why else do you think that the NFL is always revising the rules in response to how the Patriots use them?

  27. BB knows what he is talking about. He said the same thing about the Eagles special team and he is right. What other coach said that about the Eagles? He respects other teams and know them. JJ is great. Those who berate JJ and BB will swoon if their own team gets either one of them.

  28. Unless it’s against Andy dalton And the bengals who get PTSD at the sight off Jj watt, when is the last time Jj had any impact on a big game? As a colts fan who faces him twice a year, Jj twatt is a good but no great player. Too many big games can you count on a 0-0-0 stat line from jj. He’s great at blowing up Andrew luck after he has already thrown a 60 yard bomb to TY Hilton

  29. I think some psychiatric professor should conduct a study on the effect of the patriots’ success on the average troll’s brain.

    Hypothetical conclusion of study on “Patriots Hater Syndrome”, or “PHS”:

    It seems as though the act of hating the patriots causes one’s brain to malfunction so dramatically that one cannot differentiate between fact and fiction, and this also causes a person to randomly make up accusations and present them as facts. Another side effect of what we now call “Patriot Hater Syndrome” or “PHS” is that it causes the victim to constantly refresh PFT in the hopes that a Patriot article is posted, and thus the victim will spend hours having delirious hallucinations and formulating these incoherent thoughts into blog posts in the comments section.

    Cause of PHS: 7 SB appearances in 20 years with 4 victories

    Symptoms: Irrational thoughts and behavior; unable to grasp reality

    Duration: Unknown, as BB and Brady may play at least 5 more years together

    Cure: there is no currently no cure for PHS, however, joining Patriots Nations seems to relax the ferver

    Medication: Take 3 chill pills 2x per day, get a job and life, and begin to have an appreciation of greatness

  30. watt is a great player. i’m no texans fan, but i feel like they’ve had a top ten defense ever since they drafted him. that’s the mark of truly special players. when their unit is consistently good.

  31. Anyone who scoffs at the truth of this notion is either a biased New Yorker or someone who buys too much into legend.

    Taylor dominated games. We know that. We don’t need to rehash that. Amazing player, all-time great, etc.

    Watt has played as a 3-4 DE, a position that is not a pash rush position. And yet he is a dominant sack artist. And yet he is among the tackle leaders among high-sack guys every year. He also might be the best pass-swatter we have ever seen too. If that isn’t a dominant player AS WELL, I don’t know what is.

    And then there is a final overlooked factor. LT dominated in an era in which it was easier to clamp down on receivers (and thereby get more pressure), on a defense that was masterminded by two HOF coaches, surrounded by some pretty good talent.

    Watt has been part of a franchise that is only just now emerging from the handicap of being an expansion team. As with DeMarcus Ware over the past decade (another player who is seen as great and yet still is somehow underrated, because people don’t realize how much he had to do on his own), Watt is the center of attention of offensive game plans and rarely has much help. Yet he still has the annual impact that he does.

    There is no objective analysis that would present LT as clearly, undeniably better than Watt. If you make that claim (outside of just calling it a personal preference), you’re just a lousy football analyst.

  32. This place is a riot. Do people even read the story or just the headline?
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    But Belichick says that when he watches Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt, he sees some of the same effects on an opposing offense.

    “Similar to what we saw with teams dealing with Taylor in New York. He’s got that kind of disruptiveness,” Belichick said. “The position he plays, he’s as disruptive a defensive lineman as I’ve seen in the league. In the same general category as L.T.”
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    Some of the same effects.
    The position he plays…….
    Same general category……

    Belichick even qualifies that he plays a different position.
    Belichick coached Taylor for 10 years. he probably knows a bit about him. he may also have watched a bit of tape on Watt, since he’s the opponent this week.
    Watt is as disruptive a defensive lineman that there is in the game today.
    He’s obviously the biggest name on the Texans and obviously the guy who BB would be asked about.

    Do you think these media days are open mic with coaches just randomly throwing out statements? Chances are somebody asked him, how would you compare Watt to Taylor.

    As for those being annoyed about the comparison and suggesting Watt would have to singlehandedly win the Super Bowl to be comparable – Those Giants teams may have had a bit of talent in addition to Taylor.

  33. I’m 46, and I would say the greatest football player of my life time is Walter Payton…. The greatest defense of player would be LT, but playing his position is a lot easier than playing running back. Ray Lewis is also right there, JJ Watt? Keep it up another 4-5 yrs, before we exalt you with praise…

  34. What Belichick chose not to mention is that the last time the Patriots played Houston, they kept Watt in check and he did not have any kind of major impact on the scheme. In that case, the greatest coach figured out how to stop one of the great lineman. It may not happen every time, but Belichick knows a few things about how to handle someone as talented as Watt.

  35. bluenose1965 says:
    Dec 9, 2015 12:46 PM

    This place is a riot. Do people even read the story or just the headline?
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    I’d say the haters generally have only the headlines read to them.

  36. texansfan82 says:
    Dec 9, 2015 11:21 AM

    What does that have to do with anything? LT won the MVP in 1986 by recording 20.5 sacks in 16 games. JJ Watt has done that twice so far in the 5 years he has been in this league. And with 13.5 sacks in 12 games, he could potentially do it for a 3rd time.

    Lawrence Taylor had 132.5 sacks in 184 career games, or an average of 0.72 sacks per game. JJ Watt has 70.5 in 76 career games, or an average of 0.93 sacks per game. Reggie White, whom I consider to be the greatest DE of all time, had 198 sacks in 232 career games for an average of 0.85 sacks per game, so JJ’s per game averages are greater than even the legendary Reggie White (though it will remain to be seen if JJ can achieve the longevity of White).
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    You likely don’t remember Deacon Jones.

    Calculated from game film, he had 173.5 sacks in 191 games (0.91) from 1961 to 1974. He had 20+ sacks 3 times, and 15+ six times. From 1964 to 1968, he had 103.5, an average of 20.7 sacks per year for 5 consecutive years.

    LT did the job as a 3-4 OLB and revolutionized the game. But with no disrespect to Bruce Smith, White, Strahan, Watt, or a few others – a discussion of dominant DEs starts with The Deacon of Defense.

  37. They’re exactly alike . . . except the part where Watt doesn’t solicit underage prostitutes, do blow like it’s his job, and is an all-around good dude. Other than that, identical.

  38. 69goatboy says:
    Dec 9, 2015 10:57 AM
    Well, of course he does.

    It’s the weekly “whomever we play next is the greatest since slice bread” canned presser that we’ve all come to expect.

    And just how many times have you heard BB compare anyone to Taylor?

  39. JJ Watt is a great football player, but Lawrence Taylor virtually transformed the manner in which defense is played throughout the league. Nothing against Watt, I just don’t think he has had the same level of impact on the game.

  40. I don’t really see J.J. Watt making his teammates better. I do see that he tries to pad his sack and tackle numbers every game. I’m not saying he isn’t a really good player. He is,but he’s too full of himself,and not enough about his team. If he cared about winning,he would want to play anywhere but Houston.

  41. “…You likely don’t remember Deacon Jones….”
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    I sure do. When looking at his past play, you’ll have to take into consideration that one of Deacon’s most famous moves was to club / smack the opposing player’s head at the start of the play, which was legal back in that day. Not so today.

    As far as LT goes, I don’t think there has ever been a player on defense or offense that has changed the game the way that he did. GOAT.

  42. Watt is disruptive, that’s about it.

    He’s been double teamed and taken out of several games.

    Lawrence was doubled and whipped both guys attempting to block him and not only still got sacks, but stuffed the run.

    Watt is a fantastic player, and I tire of hearing his name 24/7, but he isn’t on par with (much less superior to) Taylor. Just in the general category of disruptive, as Bill said. Nothing more.

  43. jetsarestacked says:
    Dec 9, 2015 12:35 PM
    watt is a great player. i’m no texans fan, but i feel like they’ve had a top ten defense ever since they drafted him. that’s the mark of truly special players. when their unit is consistently good.
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    They haven’t. They were in the bottom third last year. This recent stretch got them into the Top 10 thus far this year, but only twice have they been in the Top 10 with him.

  44. andrewlucksrazor says:
    Dec 9, 2015 4:02 PM

    Jj watt plays like Tarzan in meaningless games, plays like Jane when it counts.

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    I think Jane had more mental toughness though. Don’t count her out.

  45. packmanfan says:
    Dec 9, 2015 2:07 PM

    Just how much praise is it when a cheating coach compliments a non-cheating player?

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    I’m sure JJ Watt is a saint along with his long time workout partner Brian Cushing.

  46. Too bad they won’t game plan around him. They already said they treat every game the same. How nice of coach to say those things.

  47. Thank you roadtrip3500 and aljack88, your posts are a rarity on these boards filled with haters and their cheater rants.

    And yes Jones move of the head slap was later outlawed. The interesting story is of the offensive lineman who would reverse the mounting screws on his helmet and sharpen them so that when Jones would slap at him he would get mini stab wounds

    Imagine that these days

  48. somepeopleneedtogetalife :

    thanks. I like that story about the mounting screws. The “Fearsome Foursome” of those L.A. Rams were a favorite of mine. During the mid to late 60s, there was always a good chance they would be on the Sunday 4pm TV games. Deacon and Merlin Olsen were the best known but Rosey Grier was a favorite from the Giants. Rosey’s biggest takedown was probably his capture of Bobby Kennedy’s assassin, Sirhan Sirhan.

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