Bill Belichick says no one compares to Lawrence Taylor … and LT agrees

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!!!!”

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.