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Old 02-16-2009, 09:49 PM   #1
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Running back Fred Taylor wanted to end his career in Jacksonville, hoping to join the small list of standout players who spent an entire career with the same team.

He won't get the chance.

The Jaguars released Taylor on Monday, parting ways with their all-time leading rusher after 11 seasons and continuing the team's offseason makeover.

Coach Jack Del Rio flew to Fort Lauderdale earlier Monday to meet with Taylor and deliver the news. Del Rio made it clear the team has no plans to re-sign Taylor, who turned 33 last month and was scheduled to make $6 million next season.

"We felt like the best thing for this football team is what it has to be about," Del Rio said. "We feel good about the talented group of backs that we have ... and as you work through it, it's difficult to come up with a role that's going to be acceptable for everybody.

"It makes it awkward. It makes it difficult. We came to an agreement on what the best course of action was as a football team."

And that was to move on without Taylor, who ranks 16th on the NFL's career rushing list with 11,271 yards, 81 behind John Riggins.

Taylor has said he would like to retire after passing Jim Brown (12,312) on the career list. Brown, Chicago's Walter Payton (16,726), Detroit's Barry Sanders (15,269) and San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson (11,760) are the only running backs ahead of Taylor who spent their entire careers with the same team.
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Where will Taylor end up? He still is an effective runner. Secondly, is he HOF-worthy?
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Old 02-17-2009, 01:15 AM   #2
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Where will Taylor end up?

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Old 02-17-2009, 09:56 AM   #3
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It is somewhat surprising especially since he offered to take a pay cut to stay with the team.
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It is somewhat surprising especially since he offered to take a pay cut to stay with the team.
I follow the Jaguars pretty closely and I've been told that Taylor didn't offer to take a pay cut. He wants to be a starter and will shop his talent elsewhere. If he is unsuccessful he will probably work out a deal with the Jags to remain on the team at a lower salary. The Jags would like this to happen. If he ever gets to the HOF, the Jaguars would like it to be as a Jag. He will be missed.
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But this harkens back to one of my favorite topics:

Define "starter"!

In the NBA, aren't both a power forward and a small forward considered "starters" - as are both a point guard and a shooting guard?

The problem here is the unfortunate way in which the RB position has evolved in the NFL over the past 20-25 years - at least on most teams anyway; and it is interesting to note that the most prominent buckers of this trend - the Giants - have a Super Bowl ring and a top playoff seed to show for it over the past two seasons.

So maybe the rest of the league should go back to "the old way"?
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What trend are you talking about Anthony? When I first read it I assumed you meant backs splitting time, but I'm not sure the Giants are 'the most prominent buckers of this trend'...don't they give a fair number of carries to Bradshaw and Ward?
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I think the point he is making is that a lot of teams feature just one back who gets 65 to 70 percent of the carries while two or three others will split the remaining carries. The Giants spread the ball around a bit more than most teams do and it has brought them success.

Therefore maybe it is in the Jags best interests to hang onto Taylor because teams like the Giants and Panthers are having success featuring two backs as opposed to one.
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There should be two starting running backs on every NFL team - a power back and a speed back (or "scatback"), rather than one running back who could fit into either category, plus a glorified sixth offensive lineman, who is accorded the blatant mis-label "fullback."
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Secondly, is he HOF-worthy?
No, but he is certainly one of the more consistent and underappreciated backs to play in the last twenty years. And I think he can still go if he wants to.

Outside of LaDainian Tomlinson and more than likely Adrian Peterson, though, I can't think of any other active running backs who are deserving of the Hall of Fame. But Taylor is certainly one of the best in the next tier of names.
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Fred Taylor just signed a 2 year contract with the Patriots. Good luck Fred. I hope you get a Super Bowl ring, and a spot in the HOF.
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A Jaguars fan - in North Carolina?

Can't you get into trouble for that - just like you can if you live in San Jose and you root for the A's instead of the Giants?
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A Jaguars fan - in North Carolina?

Can't you get into trouble for that - just like you can if you live in San Jose and you root for the A's instead of the Giants?
I was living in Jacksonville when they were awarded a team, liked them ever since. Before that I was a big Redskin fan. I loved living in Jacksonville and so did our kids-they still live in the area. I am a NC guy, but don't like the Panthers or Charlotte-too many small minds.
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A Jaguars fan - in North Carolina?

Can't you get into trouble for that - just like you can if you live in San Jose and you root for the A's instead of the Giants?
The Panthers are not as big in the Carolinas as one might think. There are still tons of holdovers who still route for the teams they pulled for prior to the Panthers coming to Charlotte. There are probably as many 'Skins, Cowboys, and Steelers fans in this region as there are Panthers fans.
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There are probably as many 'Skins, Cowboys, and Steelers fans in this region as there are Panthers fans.
Sort of like the Yankees, the Red Sox and the Cubs in baseball, you find too many Cowboys and Steelers fans no matter what part of the country you go.
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I am a NC guy, but don't like the Panthers or Charlotte-too many small minds.
You dislike Charlotte or what? Please elaborate. This should be interesting...
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