Former Cowboys coach Bill Parcells didn't waste any time in comparing DeMarcus Ware to Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor. As soon as Ware was drafted 11th overall, Parcells set the bar high for Ware.
Ware has lived up to the comparisons. In seven seasons, he has 432 tackles, 85 sacks, 25 forced fumbles and one interception.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick buys the comparison, having coached Taylor with the Giants and seen Ware enough on film.
"Lawrence Taylor, you’re talking about a pretty high level there,” Belichick said. “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.”
Ware was awed by the comparison.
"That's a pretty big thing to say something like that," Ware said Wednesday. "That's a guy that I idolized and I try to play like him. It's something I need to strive for."
-- Charean Williams