Tag:Jason Taylor
Posted on: April 20, 2010 4:30 pm

Hey, Jets: Jason Taylor is washed up

Jason Taylor to the New York Jets?

Didn't we say he was a shell of himself two years ago when the Washington Redskins traded to get him?

Don't get caught up in the name.

Taylor isn't very good anymore.

The Taylor that was among the sack leaders earlier this decade isn't around anymore. What we have now is a player who might be able to get five or six sacks. That's it.

The Jets paid him a reported two-year deal that is essentially a one-year deal for $3.75 million. The price isn't bad, but he isn't even worth that.

What's this move say about Vernon Gholston, the linebacker the Jets drafted two years ago in the first round? He's been a flop, but the Jets have talked him up some this off-season.

If Taylor is a playing over Gholston, let's just lay it out there. Gholston would be a full-fledged bust.



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Posted on: May 13, 2009 2:52 pm
Edited on: May 13, 2009 2:52 pm

Not the same Jason

Miami Dolphins fans are probably thrilled now that the team has signed Jason Taylor to a one-year contract, bringing him home after a year away with the Washington Redskins.

Not to damper your mood or anything, but just remember the Taylor who is coming back isn't the one who left -- and even that Taylor wasn't what he used to be.

When the Dolphins considered trading Taylor last year, teams that studied his 2007 season told me the level of play didn't live up to the sack numbers. He just wasn't as explosive, one personnel director said, which is why sack numbers can sometimes be misleading.
He had 11 sacks in 2007 and didn't play that well.

Taylor had 3 1/2 sacks last season for the Redskins in a season that saw him plagued by injuries.
Now he's back in Miami, and will play an outside linebacker position opposite Joey Porter. That's a lot of age in those spots. Taylor will be 35 when the season opens and Porter is 32.

At least the Dolphins ended up with a second-round pick in exchange for Taylor's year away in Washington. They used that pick to take Pat White last month in the college draft.

If he turns out to be a special player in their Wild-Cat offense, which I hate by the way, the Dolphins will be happy to send Taylor away for a year.

They won't be happy about his production this season. This isn't the Jason Taylor you remember.

Just watch.
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Posted on: March 2, 2009 5:52 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2009 5:58 pm

I told you so on Taylor

Last spring, I warned Washington Redskins fans that dealing for Jason Taylor was a mistake.

They ripped me. Others in the media also praised the move.

How could I dare say that about a defensive end who could rush the passer, coming off an 11-sack season? Here's how? You don't trade for old players. That's when you get in big trouble.

Now the Redskins have released Taylor and they are out a second-round pick because of it. For that pick, they ended up with a player who gave them 3 1/2 sacks in eight starts. He was limited because of injuries.

That's what happens to 34-year-old players. They break down. They slow. You don't give up premium picks for aging players. That's what bad franchises do.

The Redskins say they are releasing him because Taylor refused a clause in his contract that would have required him to take part in the majority of their off-season workouts. That's garbage. They released him because he's not who they thought he was.

I was right. So quit ripping me.



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