October 19, 2017

NFL Open Thread: Week Two

Bill Belichick: Lawrence Taylor could tell who was blocking him by the fear in their eyes

Patriots coach Bill Belichick offered some fascinating insight into his old Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor that may be the best encapsulation of just how much L.T. affected opposing offenses.

In comments in a May interview on Paul Rabil’s podcast, Belichick said Taylor always knew who was blocking him by looking for one thing: Fear.

“A player like Lawrence was such a special athlete, but a really special player because of his awareness and instinctiveness,” Belichick said. “Taylor had the ability, when he stood on the end of the line of scrimmage, which is where he played as an outside linebacker/defensive end, he could just tell, it didn’t matter who the person was, or what the play was, or anything else, he could just tell by the look of the opponent on the other side of the line of scrimmage who was going to block him, and that was by how scared they were.”

Belichick said Taylor knew offensive linemen feared his ability to get past him and could read that as the lineman got into his stance.

“When that tackle was looking at him like, ‘If I’m one split-second late out of my stance, if I am a few inches off on my angle or step, this guy’s going to be behind me.’ They’d have that scared to death look. And Taylor could just tell by looking at the guy whether the guy was blocking him or not,” Belichick said.

Quarterbacks also had a tell: They’d look at Taylor with fear in their eyes before a pass play, and they’d look relieved that they didn’t have to worry about Taylor on a run play.

“The same thing with the quarterback,” Belichick said. “Taylor would anticipate it was a run because the quarterback didn’t care about him, it was somebody else’s problem. But if it was a pass play, and the quarterback looked at Taylor like, ‘Is he rushing? Is he not rushing? Do I have him picked up?’ Before the ball was snapped, he could just tell by the terror he felt from that individual, look in the guy’s eye or how nervous he was from play to play, you know run/pass, which guy’s blocking me, that kind of thing. He would often times come off and tell me that, after the first or second series, he said, ‘I can read this on every play. It’s easy.’ Because the tackle, if he had him in pass protection, was scared to death.”

Belichick called Taylor “the best defensive player I’ve ever coached, by a good margin.”

HOU @ CIN CLE @ BAL BUF @ CAR ARI @ IND TEN @ JAC PHI @ KC NE @ NO MIN @ PIT CHI @ TB MIA @ LAC NYJ @ OAK DAL @ DEN WAS @ LAR SF @ SEA GB @ ATL DET @ NYG
Tunisia CIN BAL CAR ARI TEN KC NE PIT TB MIA OAK DAL LAR SEA GB DET
Joy HOU BAL CAR ARI JAC KC NE PIT TB MIA OAK DAL LAR SEA ATL NYG
AdKomack HOU BAL CAR ARI TEN KC NE PIT TB MIA OAK DEN LAR SEA GB DET
MsKitty HOU BAL CAR ARI JAC KC NE PIT TB LAC OAK DAL LAR SEA ATL NYG
Kmack CIN BAL CAR ARI TEN KC NE PIT TB LAC OAK DAL WAS SEA ATL DET
GreenLady HOU BAL CAR ARI JAC KC NE PIT CHI LAC OAK DAL LAR SEA ATL DET
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TyrenM CIN BAL CAR ARI JAC KC NE PIT TB LAC OAK DAL LAR SEA ATL NYG
BluMilw HOU  BAL CAR ARI TEN KC NE PIT TB LAC OAK DAL WAS SEA GB NYG
Miranda HOU BAL CAR ARI JAC PHI NO PIT TB LAC OAK DAL WAS SEA ATL DET

Sunday night game:
ATL – Joy, MsKitty, Miranda, TyrenM, KennyMack, GreenLady
GB – Tunisia, AdKomack, BluMilw

Monday night game:
Det – Tunisia, AdKomack, KennyMack, Miranda, GreenLady
NYG – Joy, MsKitty, TyrenM, BluMilw