Belichick compares Ware to L.T.

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

On the day the Cowboys drafted DeMarcus Ware No. 11 overall in 2005, then-coach Bill Parcells told ESPN's Ed Werder that Ware reminded him of former Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor. Five years later, Parcells' former defensive coordinator with those Giants teams, Bill Belichick, thinks his old boss was right.

Asked whether committing so much money to Ware would be a hindrance for the Cowboys, Belichick had this to say:

I can't imagine DeMarcus Ware hindering any team's defense," Belichick said during his daily press conference with New England reporters. "The guy's one of the best players in the league. It's like when we had Lawrence Taylor with the Giants. That guy was a force on every play. The offense had to account for him on every play. I think he helped our team defense probably as much as any player I ever coached."

Pretty heady stuff from a guy who's not normally full of compliments.