Bill Belichick sees a lot of Lawrence Taylor in J.J. Watt

AP

Patriots coach Bill Belichick coached one of the best defensive players in NFL history, in Giants outside linebacker Lawrence Taylor.

And when he watches Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, he sees a lot of similarities in their games.

Via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Belichick said most of the comparisons between the only three-time defensive players of the year were intangible, however.

“Motor, effort, strength, quickness, instincts [and] the ability to make game-changing plays at critical times in the game,” Belichick said. “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.”

That doesn’t mean Belichick isn’t awed by Watt’s physical gifts.

“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. He wins with his quickness in the pass rush, He’s long, hard to throw over, hard to block in the running game because of his length, strength and technique.

“With all that being said, probably the most important, impressive thing is his motor – plays hard every snap. There’s never a play off with him. He makes plays in pursuit, down the field, screen passes, ball thrown to receivers – he’s hustling making plays 15, 20 yards down field. You just don’t see those plays from hardly anybody, but especially guys that are his size and that play as much as he does. He plays everywhere across the board – plays outside, plays inside. He’s effective everywhere. He’s a tough matchup on everybody.”

And Belichick would know about matchup problems, having worked with one of the most difficult ones for 11 years when he was with the Giants as linebackers coach and defensive coordinator.

22 responses to “Bill Belichick sees a lot of Lawrence Taylor in J.J. Watt

  1. I have never seen a guy, like Watt, gain such leverage, by getting so low underneath an OT pad level and still moving at top speed.

  2. Belichick is being very kind to Watts. Every time New England plays the Texans, Watt’s is always a non-factor. Coach knows things about Watts that he isn’t sharing 😉

  3. psousa1 says:

    September 21, 2017 at 8:41 am

    I have never seen a guy, like Watt, gain such leverage, by getting so low underneath an OT pad level and still moving at top speed.

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    Freeney in his prime. He would come in so fast at an unbelievably low angle.

  4. donbat67 says:
    September 21, 2017 at 9:43 am
    He’s just blowin smoke up his arse to feed that ego ……
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    Exactly. As good as Watt is, he’s not even in the same ballpark as LT.

    I’d rank him below Reggie White too, but right there with Bruce Smith.

  5. Typical Patriot pre game approach. Build the opposition team or players up. Never trash an opponent so they will be more motivated when they face you. It’s all psychology.

  6. Belichick made very similar comments last year when the Texans played the Patriots and JJ was a non-factor in the game. It’s true that JJ has a great motor with great moves and strength, but the idea that he’s the quickest around the edge, as someone suggested above, is a bit of a stretch.

  7. Last time I checked, there are only two 3 time NFL Defensive MVP’s in the history of the NFL – LT and JJ…the only difference is JJ did it in his first 5 seasons. Belicheat will double and triple JJ because he knows what will happen if he doesn’t. Mark my word, JJ will be the GOAT when it’s all said and done!

  8. My opinion has been completely changed about Watt after the selflessness he showed in related to raising money for hurricane relief. I thought he was a bit phony, and that he was looking to be the center of attention, but I was wrong. He’s just a great leader and better person.

  9. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Watt make a play vs the Pats. I am not kidding. The game comes and goes, he’s invisible (or not even there), and Houston gets blasted off the field.

  10. joetoronto says:
    September 21, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Exactly. As good as Watt is, he’s not even in the same ballpark as LT.
    I’d rank him below Reggie White too, but right there with Bruce Smith.
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    It is no sin for a defensive player to be ‘ranked’ behind Taylor and White, who are widely considered the 2 best defensive players of all time. Even with Bruce Smith is a reach until Watt has done it for longer, people remember that Smith was a beast but are quick to forget that part of what was so impressive was he played for 19 years. It’s hard to imagine the havoc Smith would wreak today both on the field and to a team’s cap.

  11. This is how a coach is supposed to act prior to playing another team. You compliment their stars, and you say how tough the game will be. Your own players hear this stuff and realize they will need their A game to get a win. Meanwhile the opponent’s head gets bigger and they become complacent. Classic set-up.

  12. There’s a reason he compares Watt to LT – he’s just that good. Pats fans love to say he hasn’t been a factor, and as far as sacks go he hasn’t. But the entire gameplan of the Patriots every time they’ve played the Texans has been to nullify Watt and he still has had several pressures and TFL’s against them. They’ve run 2 and 3 guys on him on every play, and their offense is based on getting the ball out quick to begin with.

    And as far as saying Watt isn’t in the same ballpark as White or LT – he has 3 DPoY awards, I’d say he’s definitely in their ballpark if not towards the top of it. Too many people are hung up on the whole social media thing and don’t give him the credit he deserves.

  13. Travis Tuttle says:
    September 21, 2017 at 10:13 am
    Last time I checked, there are only two 3 time NFL Defensive MVP’s in the history of the NFL – LT and JJ…the only difference is JJ did it in his first 5 seasons. Belicheat will double and triple JJ because he knows what will happen if he doesn’t. Mark my word, JJ will be the GOAT when it’s all said and done!
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    That’s complete crazy talk, like nuthouse crazy talk.

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    * Exactly. As good as Watt is, he’s not even in the same ballpark as LT.
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    Hmmm. LT was before my time. Is it that LT was that much better or did the rest of the players around them catch up more now?

  15. testmicroblog22 says:
    September 21, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Hmmm. LT was before my time. Is it that LT was that much better or did the rest of the players around them catch up more now?
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    Offensive line play was infinitely superior to what you see now. LT was something to see, just amazing. He gave opposing QB’s and HC’s the cold sweats.

  16. Even the Great BB has to BS sometimes to burn the clock and get through the umteenth mandatory press conf. Watt can certainly play. He’s no LT on the field, but to his credit he’s no LT off the field either. I’d rather be Watt, even with all the drama on every injury.

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