Why register with the Steelers Fever Forums?
 • Intelligent and friendly discussions.
 • It's free and it's quick. Always.
 • Enter events in the forums calendar.
 • Very user friendly software.
 • Exclusive contests and giveaways.

 Donate to Steelers Fever, Click here
 Our 2014 Goal: $450.00 - To Date: $450.00 (100.00%)
 Home | Forums | Editorials | Shop | Tickets | Downloads | Contact Pittsburgh Steelers Forum Feed Not Just Fans. Hardcore Fans.

Go Back   Steelers Fever Forums > Steelers Football > Pittsburgh Steelers


Steelers Fever Fan Shop

Doc's Sports Get FREE NFL Picks and College Football picks as well as Football Lines like live NFL Lines and updated NFL Power Rankings all at Doc's Sports Service.

Steelers

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 02-21-2009, 01:47 AM   #1
bratsinmybelly
Bench Warmer
Supporter
 
bratsinmybelly's Avatar
 

Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Northwest Arkansas
Posts: 169
Gender: Male
Member Number: 2703
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Steelers Interested In Taylor?

Peter King is high as a Georgia pine.........


http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/200...ref=si_writers

Now, the first question for Fred Taylor is: Why should anyone in the NFL take a chance on you? Taylor's 33 years old, which is the age running backs often are in their third year of retirement. Or fourth.

Well, there are three reasons why Taylor is a very good gamble -- and not even a significant gamble, because he's not going to cost much money -- for a contender who needs a back to carry the ball 200 times this fall:

1. Taylor hasn't gotten too beaten up over the second half of his career, so he should be able to be the kind of role-playing back a contender could use. Since turning 28 five years ago, he's been a part-time running back and he's averaged 210 carries a year over that span.

2. He also averaged 4.7 yards-per-carry over that five-year stretch. Now, last year that number plummeted to 3.9 a pop, and teams will look at that drop off and say, "He's falling off a cliff.'' Maybe he is. It's a legitimate concern, and it'll take some pouring over tape to see if the holes simply weren't there for the Jags in 2008 (Maurice Jones-Drew's per-carry average also dropped, in his case half-a-yard from 2007-08) or if Taylor's really done.

3. Hunger. Taylor wants it bad.

"This change inspires me so much,'' he said from his Miami home late Monday. "I'm ready for it. It's like my first shot at free-agency. I expect to go somewhere and run till my wheels fall off.''
GALLERY: All-time rushing leaders for one team

Taylor's first words when I got him on the phone were, "Yeah, I got whacked." But he expected it. When the Jags called last Friday to say they wanted to meet with him in Miami on Monday, and that owner Wayne Weaver would be coming along, it was a pretty good hint they weren't coming down to discuss a salary cut.

"It was very professional and respectful by Mr. Weaver," said Taylor. "They handled it first-class, and I'm very appreciative of that. I am not disappointed in the Jags by any means. They could have just called me, or they could have called Drew [agent Drew Rosenhaus], but they took the extra step to come down here and tell me to my face. Men show up. Men tell you things to your face. And I will never forget that. I will call Mr. Weaver in a few years, and I will retire as a Jaguar. My loyalty for 11 years has been to the Jaguars, just like Emmitt Smith's loyalty was to the Cowboys. Whatever team I sign with, I will retire as a Jaguar.''

It's the time of year for the chopping block. Baltimore dumped Chris McAlister Monday. Denver cut Dewayne Robertson, one of the most disappointing high first-round picks in recent history. The Bucs will do the same in the next day or two with Jeff Garcia. So there's nothing surprising about Jacksonville cutting a 33-year-old running back as Jones-Drew prepares for the final season before his contract expires.

"Realistically, you anticipate it will come to this," Taylor said. "When you get past the 10-year mark, you can never be comfortable. They asked me if I was interested in retiring. I said no. Definitely no. I want to play in a Super Bowl so bad, and the Super Bowl's down here in Miami next year. I want to be in that game. Two years ago, Plaxico [Burress], my child's godfather, won the Super Bowl. This year, my little cousin from Belle Glade [Fla.], Santonio Holmes, was the MVP in the biggest game in the world. My taste for that game is getting stronger and stronger. And honestly, I feel fresh. I get inspired by young guys and showing them what I can do. There are a lot of young guys I'm still quicker than. God gave me a lot when he was handing out ability. I still have a lot."

I'll be surprised if Indianapolis, New England and Pittsburgh do not at least sniff around Taylor. The Colts have seen Taylor shred them several times over the past few years. Bill Belichick won Super Bowls with Antowain Smith and Corey Dillon, two backs in the twilight of their careers with something to prove, and he knows he can't trust Laurence Maroney to stay healthy. (I know he's got Sammy Morris, and I love Sammy Morris, but Taylor and Morris would be a pretty good 1-2 punch come December.) The Steelers have a very good insurance policy in Mewelde Moore behind Willie Parker and Rashard Mendenhall, but Mike Tomlin loves the running game, and he loves productive veterans.

New Orleans, Arizona, Chicago and Green Bay should sniff too.

We'll see. I say Taylor has a good contributing year left.
bratsinmybelly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2009, 02:02 AM   #2
OX1947
Living Legend
 
OX1947's Avatar
 

Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 3,740
Member Number: 723
Thanks: 193
Thanked 1,191 Times in 598 Posts
Default Re: Steelers Interested In Taylor?

Parker, Mendy, 1-2 punch, Moore 3rd down back. McHugh starting full back, Carey Davis back up full back.

Steelers have one more priority for this years free agent crop. If there is some way to keep McFadden, this off season is a success in the free agent market.

We all know Harrison is going to be taken care of. Next has to be Miller, Ward and Hampton.
OX1947 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2009, 04:43 AM   #3
Steeldude
Living Legend
 
Steeldude's Avatar
Default Re: Steelers Interested In Taylor?

Quote:
We all know Harrison is going to be taken care of. Next has to be Miller, Ward and Hampton
i think hampton is done after 2010. no reason to overpay for an overweight and aging NT. the steelers had no problem on defense when hampton went down last year and a few years back. hampton is a $6,652,000 cap hit this year. his contract is up in 2010. IMO, considering his age and weight, he is not worth that kind of money any longer.
Steeldude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2009, 05:29 AM   #4
Galax Steeler
The Virginia Hillbilly
Supporter
 
Galax Steeler's Avatar
 

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Galax Va
Posts: 101,507
Gender: Male
Member Number: 3287
Thanks: 1,223
Thanked 3,570 Times in 1,509 Posts
My Mood: Lurking
Default Re: Steelers Interested In Taylor?

Taylor would probably be a good back at the goal line and 3rd and short but I don't see no real use for him on the steelers unless we loose one of our backs.
__________________
Galax Steeler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2009, 06:41 AM   #5
mopit55
Draft Prospect
 

Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 79
Member Number: 2035
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Steelers Interested In Taylor?

we can play in 2009 with the current defensive line but after the next year we must sign a defensive end or draft one.the next year will be better at this position than 2009.
mopit55 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2009, 06:43 AM   #6
Galax Steeler
The Virginia Hillbilly
Supporter
 
Galax Steeler's Avatar
 

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Galax Va
Posts: 101,507
Gender: Male
Member Number: 3287
Thanks: 1,223
Thanked 3,570 Times in 1,509 Posts
My Mood: Lurking
Default Re: Steelers Interested In Taylor?

Quote:
Originally Posted by mopit55 View Post
we can play in 2009 with the current defensive line but after the next year we must sign a defensive end or draft one.the next year will be better at this position than 2009.
__________________
Galax Steeler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2009, 08:23 AM   #7
lilyoder6
locked behind Xanax bars
 
lilyoder6's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Playin' touch football, on marijuana street
Posts: 6,388
Gender: Male
Member Number: 2568
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Steelers Interested In Taylor?

ok...

i think that these players would of been a nice addition to the team if we did not draft rashard mendenhall and we still had a player like najah getting the "tough" yrds
__________________

Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy ~ Ben Franklin
Freedom: some use it, Everyone enjoys it, A few defend it.
lilyoder6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2009, 11:11 AM   #8
Steelman16
Team President
 
Steelman16's Avatar
 

Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 2,414
Member Number: 6517
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Steelers Interested In Taylor?

I think Taylor could be a compliment back to an already playoff-built team, but it won't be the Steelers.
__________________
I'll keep my freedoms, my guns, and my
money . . . you can keep "THE CHANGE."
Steelman16 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2009, 11:29 AM   #9
St33lersguy
Assistant Coach
 

Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 1,454
Member Number: 8456
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Steelers Interested In Taylor?

We don't need him. We have enough RB. We need to get lineman and maybe one or two WRs or DBs. RB should not be a priority
St33lersguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2009, 11:33 AM   #10
lilyoder6
locked behind Xanax bars
 
lilyoder6's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Playin' touch football, on marijuana street
Posts: 6,388
Gender: Male
Member Number: 2568
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Steelers Interested In Taylor?

and taylor gets 2 decide which playoff team he would like 2 go to
__________________

Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy ~ Ben Franklin
Freedom: some use it, Everyone enjoys it, A few defend it.
lilyoder6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:35 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Shoutbox provided by vBShout v6.2.1 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.0.8 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.
Navbar with Avatar by Motorradforum
no new posts