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Taylor Sounds Off

Following Sunday’s 30-12 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, we were visited by Fred Taylor on our post-game coverage.

We couldn’t have asked for anything better.

Taylor was candid (as always) in his review of the Jaguars current situation.

“We’re a bad team. We have good players, we’re just not a good team,” Taylor said. “[Jack Del Rio] has a great message. In so many ways I agree with him. Obviously its not connecting.”

That’s a conclusion that Del Rio came to as well. Sometimes, the message is listened to, but not heard. For whatever reason, the thing that has been Del Rio’s greatest strength as a head coach–connecting with his players–has totally been lost.

“It is a mystery, I don’t know the answer,” Taylor said. “I do know that it’s not good. Sometimes when you have a nice pot of ingredients, keep it the same. Right now, the mix is not good.”

Taylor is clearly referring to the moves in the off-season that hurt the Jaguars chemistry. Part of that is about the players who were added. But a big part of that is also who was let go: solid veterans who were professional in their approach and who played with little or no ego. Players like Sammy Knight, Terry Cousin, Aaron Glenn and Ernest Wilford are all gone. The Jaguars miss their leadership.

Yes, the Jaguars have veteran leaders, many of whom wear the captain’s patch. But the second line leaders are important, too and there just aren’t many of those anymore.

And now, with the losing, come the complaints. Taylor says he’s still on board with Jack Del Rio, but he doesn’t care for his diminishing role in the offense.

“I’ve been playing football for 25 years, by passion remains the same,” Taylor said. “It eats me up inside that I’m not in the game, especially in crunch time.”

You usually wouldn’t hear Taylor complaining, but every palyer has a boiling point.

“I’m just about at that point, but I have to be a professional. I’ve never been a prima donna,” Taylor said. “It seems as if they’re trying to clear some space. I’m getting older and not getting the same kind of touches or even playing time. It’s not a secret, you can kind of see it going that way.”

Taylor has one more year remaining on his contract and he continues to say that he would like to play his whole career as a Jaguar, but he’s clearly aware that his future with the Jaguars is uncertain. But Taylor say’s he’ll play in 2009–somewhere.

“I will be playing football next year,” Taylor said bluntly.

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2 Responses to “Taylor Sounds Off”

  1. carol` says:

    “Sammy Knight, Terry Cousin, Aaron Glenn and Ernest Wilford”


    Knight is slow, glenn is old, wilford is a back-up for Miami, and cousin is as old as knight and slow too!

  2. axshonjagson says:

    carol is an idiot. The players named were not only there for their skill level but also their veteran mentality, which is explained in the article. It’s about the chemistry and the mentality of a football team as one, not about how fast or slow or how young or old a player is. Sammy Knight was new to the jaguars, as was aaron glen, so I don’t mind them letting them go so much, although they did possess the veteran qualities that are oh so helpful to a young team. But Ernest Wilford for 1 was one of my favorite receivers in the league, he is a great receiver and a mature and professional athlete, as well as Terry cousin who had been with the organization a few years, but also had the veteran qualities that you would want on your team. I am overall disappointed with the Jaguars this season. Taylor said it perfectly, we have good players, but a bad mix, a bad team. They just have to get it back together this off season – enjoy the rest of the 08′ season. Lets get back on track for 09′. Jags Forever.

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