There came a time in Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s media availability Wednesday, ahead of this week’s Patriots-Bears game, when the topic turned to Chicago linebacker Khalil Mack, one of the top pass rushers in the NFL over the past five years.
Mack has 45 1/2 sacks five games into his fifth season, heady stats for sure.
So the question pops up:
Q: “You’ve see a lot of good pass rushers in your career starting with Lawrence Taylor. Does Mack rank up there with the better ones you’ve seen?”
Belichick: “Now, wait a minute. We’re talking about Lawrence Taylor now. Yeah, I’m not putting anybody in Lawrence Taylor’s class. So, you can put everybody down below that. With a lot of respect to a lot of good players now, but we’re talking about Lawrence Taylor.”
As the story made the rounds later in the day, it caught the attention of a certain former top pass rusher, one who recorded 132 1/2 sacks in a 13-season career.
LT’s reaction to Belichick’s “I’m not putting anybody in Lawrence Taylor’s class” assessment: “What he said!!!!”
What he said!!!! 🙏🏾 https://t.co/mO6jgwhJ4e
— Lawrence Taylor (@LT_56) October 17, 2018
The Bears are slated to host the Patriots at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.
Mack is considered day-to-day with an ankle injury suffered in Sunday’s overtime loss to the Dolphins, coach Matt Nagy announced Wednesday.