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Bill Belichick once again compares J.J. Watt to Lawrence Taylor

When Bill Belichick watches tape of J.J. Watt, he cannot help but see a lot of Lawrence Taylor in the standout Houston Texans superstar. And with that, the New England Patriots head coach may have paid Watt the highest compliment he could possibly make.

Taylor was one the most dominant defensive players in NFL history with the way in which he terrorized opposing offenses. Bill Belichick obviously knows a thing or two about LT, having either been his linebackers coach or defensive coordinator during Taylor’s first 10 seasons with the New York Giants.

With the Patriots (1-1) hosting Watt’s Texans (1-1) at Gillette Stadium Sunday, Belichick — as he has done in the past — likened Watt’s impact upon a game to how Taylor went about his business.

“Motor, effort, strength, quickness, instincts [and] the ability to make game-changing plays at critical times in the game,” Belichick said of Watt, via the Houston Chronicle. “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 went on to describe Watt’s play in terms that certainly sound Taylor-esque.

“Everything with him is kind of at the top of the chart – powerful, strong, very instinctive,” Belichick said. “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.”

As noted, this isn’t the first time Belichick has compared Watt to Taylor. The Patriots head coach said this of Watt back in 2015:

“There have been very few players I would put in the same conversation with [Lawrence] Taylor, but I would put Watt there,’’ Belichick said.

And that, as mentioned, could be the most flattering compliment Belichick could make about a modern defensive player.