EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 11: Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets is sacked by DeMarcus Ware #94 of the Dallas Cowboys during their NFL Season Opening Game at MetLife Stadium on September 11, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
We’re so used to hearing praise for Cowboys’ outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware around here that, at this point, we’re kind of immune. Yes, DeMarcus Ware is amazing. The sky is blue. Snow is cold.
But when a football mind of the caliber of Bill Belichick speaks, we listen. Particularly when he compares Ware not only to a Hall of Famer, but a Hall of Famer that Belichick himself coached. This is impressive stuff, after all, and it’s just what Belichick did in a conference call on Wednesday.
Belichick’s boss with the New York Giants was Bill Parcells, the team’s head coach. With the Cowboys in 2005, Parcells drafted Ware, and shortly after that, compared the rookie to a young Lawrence Taylor. Fast forward to around six years later, to Wednesday, and Belichick agrees with Parcells’ initial assessment.
“I mean Lawrence Taylor, you’re talking about a pretty high level there,” Belichick said, per ESPN Dallas. “Ware does all the things that … I mean, he’s the best player we’ve faced this year. He does all of the things you want him to do. He’s strong against the run. He can rush the passer. He’s great in pursuit. He’s got power. He’s got speed. He’s got good technique. He’s good in pass coverage. He gets a lot of depth.
“I mean, he’s an asset to your pass coverage, if you want to drop him. I’d say all those same things about Lawrence Taylor. Lawrence had a tremendous career. Ware has had a great --what is it? -- six years or whatever it’s been. He’s been great in that time and looks like he’s still going strong. I’m sure he’ll be able to continue at this level for quite a while longer here as far as what it looks like right now. He’s a guy you’ve got to account for on every snap. You’ve got to know where he is and he could definitely disrupt any play if you don’t handle him.”
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