Lawrence Taylor comparisons that began when Micah Parsons was a rookie last season were of course premature, and still premature. There is always the next LT…and there is never the next LT.
Lawrence Taylor told The Post: “I don’t know who the best defensive player is, but all I know is that I’m always on the last page, from the last paragraph, from the last sentence when they say ‘the greatest of all time.’ Until someone tells me different, I own it.”
This does not mean that The Micah Menace does not rush the bull on his way to stardom. The LT will be there to check it out Monday night at MetLife Stadium when the Parsons try to smash another game and the Cowboys try to smash the Giants’ 2-0 start.
“I’m sure I’ll see what he gets on Monday night because I’ll be there,” LT said. “I haven’t analyzed it. But I will on Monday.”
Imagine if Saquon Barclay could convince Dave Gittleman and Joe Judge to enlist his ex-brother in Pennsylvania in 2021.
“I know Micah well, and we have a good friendship,” Barkley told the newspaper. “That’s kind of like one of my brothers, be honest. Happy for him, he’s a Hekova player. He’s obviously someone we have to focus on this week.
“I can’t let him ruin the game.
“We know how talented he is, one of the best players, if not the best player in the league right now.”
The Micah Menace… 17 sacks in his first 18 NFL games, the most of anyone during his first 18 games since the sacks became official in 1982, one year after the Giants drafted LT… Highest Advance Defender in Pro Football Focus (92.2)…Four sacks in the first two weeks.
Against the left, Andrew Thomas and Lemmin enter Evan Neal and all the other hands who should be on deck, as The Micah Menace will line up anywhere and everywhere, looking to become the third player in NFL history to start the season with three multi-sack games and first with six. Multi-sack performances through the first 19 games of his career.
“Very weird… he’s a crazy athlete,” Barkley said. “There’s nothing he can’t do in this position – he can cover, he can rush, he can play inside the box, he can play outside the box. He’s a special talent, and he’s rare. You don’t see a lot of guys like him. But at the same time, as a competitor, you look forward to confront a man like that.”
Brian Daboll was asked about Parsons, and his response was exactly how Tom Landry, Joe Gibbs and Buddy Ryan answered questions about LT.
“It’s a problem,” Daboll said. “He’s a dynamic footballer. He can play several positions, as he does. You see him at full-back, you see him at the defensive end. He has a rare passing ability, and we’ll have a good plan for him. It’s fun to watch when you’re not ready to play him. … We have to know. Clearly his whereabouts.”
Neil is a newbie, but he’s not afraid of anyone.
“What you see with him is clear, he’s a great athlete, a hasty out of reach… The guy runs 4.3. So I’m going to have to do a good job against him,” Neil said.
Mica’s Peril requires all hands on deck.
“They use it everywhere — it’s a Swiss army knife for their defense, and they use it in so many different ways,” Neil said.
There is growing optimism that OLB Kayvon Thibodeaux (injured knee) will make his debut against the Cowboys. The Giants can only hope that the first-round OLB will affect the games in the way the Cowboys’ OLB has so far. Thibodeau is not ignorant of the mess Parsons caused. “It’s greatness so far,” he said. “He’s on a role.”
There is no better student than Davis Webb in the game. When asked if he sees any comparisons to LT, Webb said: “Mica Parsons is off to a good start in his career. If he confirms that, I think that’s the beauty of this sport as well, you can compare the old greats with the new greats, and there’s always talks about that.” .
Until another review, Lawrence Taylor has only one.
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