Carl Banks is right: Clowney is no LT

People get carried away this time of year with comparisons.

For instance, the comparison of South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney to former Giant great and Pro Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor.

From PFT:

Former Giants linebacker Carl Banks has heard some people compare his former teammate, Lawrence Taylor, to Jadeveon Clowney. And Banks isn’t impressed by that comparison.

Banks told ESPN that anyone who has been criticized for lacking a great work ethic (like Clowney) should not be compared to Taylor who, for all his off-field faults, went 100 percent on the field.

“L.T. was the guy that would always set the tempo for practice, whether he hated every drill,” Banks said. “He would complain after the fact, but he would give 100 percent. . . . He never took a play off, never wanted to take a play off and resented players who took plays off. He’d talk about you if you wouldn’t finish.”

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

I’m personally surprised that Clowney, after sitting out games by choice to safeguard his future, is still being considered a top-three selection in the draft. The NFL is unforgiving. You need to go 110 pecent on every play. Players – especially one that have never played a snap in this league – cannot expect to get by on talent and natural ability alone.

Clowney is an exceptional talent, no question, but he’s no LT. It’s unfair to compare anyone to No. 56. Taylor, in my book, is like Wayne Gretzky in hockey and Mariano Rivera in baseball: head and shoulders over the competition.  A player you see once in a lifetime. Dominant. Peerless.

I’m sure there are many youngsters who read this site that never saw Taylor play. All I can say is I’m sorry. You missed it. The highlight reels, as impressive as they are, don’t do him justice. He sold out on every play. He lived hard and played harder.

Clowney may end up being great, but he won’t be LT. God made only one of those. 

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

Get me Aldridge or Gasol and then let's talk ab these role players.


I was actually thinking the same thing about Speights while watching him last night. I doubt Cavs let TT go, but man, I'd give that kid a big contract and take him in s heartbeat!

Eamonn Scollan
Eamonn Scollan

I thought LT meant left tackle for 5 mins. It's been a long week. I need a drink.

Sean Walker
Sean Walker

 Every week all the other team talked about was LT.  All they did the week leading up to the game was try and devise a way to block him.   And all they did on Sunday was watch as LT beat his man, double teams...triple teams!  Does anyone even think of triple teaming someone?  They did with LT...and failed.  As great a sack artist as he was what I remember most is seeing them try to run the ball to the side LT wasn't on and watch him time and time again chase the guy down from the backside before he even got back to the line of scrimmage.  NO ONE will ever be LT.  I'm just glad I got to watch him his entire career.


It's SAFE to Say, LT was FEARed !!!

i once heard a Coach Say,

when ask about the NYG's 3-4 Defense--

" ...when LT is in there, it's a 1-10 "

QB Jaw's tells a story,

when he came to the Line,

the Play Clock was running out...

he searched for LT,

and when he couldn't find him, he Panicked....

his eyes Darted around the Defense FASTER, still NO, LT.

... he called a TIME OUT... 

the COACH was LIVID, Screaming at Jaws, why did you call a T.O.-

" i could find LT, " 

coach " O...o....OK"

LT was the GREATest Defensive Player of ALL Time....


Good god I'm a Giants fan but can't stand when beat writers, blog writers and other fans get so worked up over this. How many other LT's were there supposed to be they come and gone without ever becoming 1/10 the player Taylor was. Giants fans as well as Banks should take it as a compliment that Taylor is still the player that sets the bar.

There never will be another Taylor, won't happen because no LB had done what Taylor did. So even if Clooney ends up having a great career tying Taylor numbers which won't happen but let's say he does. He still wasn't the first Taylor was and copies are never as good as the original.

Peter Sinapi
Peter Sinapi

By the way, it makes me sick when the ny media calls LaDanian Tomlinson LT. Just thought I would say it.