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 Post subject: Belichick on LT: Looking for Fear in the Opponent.
PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 7:53 pm 
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Bill Belichick: Lawrence Taylor could tell who was blocking him by the fear in their eyes
Posted by Michael David Smith on September 16, 2017, 10:32 AM EDT

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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.”

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/09/16/bill-belichick-lawrence-taylor-could-tell-who-was-blocking-him-by-the-fear-in-their-eyes/

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 Post subject: Re: Belichick on LT: Looking for Fear in the Opponent.
PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:36 pm 
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I did used to enjoy watching LT and that defense destroy teams. I love defense.


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 Post subject: Re: Belichick on LT: Looking for Fear in the Opponent.
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Opponents felt that way about the entire steel curtain defense.


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 Post subject: Re: Belichick on LT: Looking for Fear in the Opponent.
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You left out this part:

"While it was true LT had an idea of what play was coming based on who had the fear in their eye, it can also be said that LT actually did know the exact play the offense was going to run seconds after the offense lined up thanks to the various methods and technology employed by Belichick at the time."


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 Post subject: Re: Belichick on LT: Looking for Fear in the Opponent.
PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 4:10 pm 
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dropemjaybird wrote:
You left out this part:

"While it was true LT had an idea of what play was coming based on who had the fear in their eye, it can also be said that LT actually did know the exact play the offense was going to run seconds after the offense lined up thanks to the various methods and technology employed by Belichick at the time."



HAHHAHAHAHAAHA. right on. +1


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 Post subject: Re: Belichick on LT: Looking for Fear in the Opponent.
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I used to live in the Buffalo area, and I would listen to local Buffalo sports shows. One time a couple of guys were talking about the 1990 season in which the Bills beat the Giants during the regular season and then lost to them for the super bowl. They questioned in all seriousness whether Belichick gained some kind of intel through illicet means during the regular season game which he then used for the super bowl.


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 Post subject: Re: Belichick on LT: Looking for Fear in the Opponent.
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Ernie Adams should be credited here not Belicheat

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