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Florida Times-Union reporter Michael C. Wright covers the ins and outs of the Jacksonville Jaguars. In this blog, he'll share behind-the-scenes anecdotes not published within the pages of the T-U, in addition to offering up incessant ramblings about nothing such as road trips, crummy hotels and not-so-delicious press box food. Perhaps he'll even delve into serious discussions about NFL issues. So ask questions, participate in conversations, or just learn more about the Jags.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Taylor best RB in the NFL?

Seattle linebacker Lofa Tatufu says that Jags RB Fred Taylor is the best RB in the NFL in a story posted on foxsports.com.

Here's what Tatufu had to say: "[49ers running back] Frank Gore, who always plays great against us, is the third-best running back. LaDainian (Tomlinson) is second. But Taylor is clearly No. 1. You know where he is going and you cannot stop him. That's the best thing you can say about a running back. He was outrunning our cornerbacks and breaking tackles from the front seven. Taylor is the ultimate blend of power and speed. And I've played all these guys, played Steven Jackson, Edgerrin James, all of them. I'm telling you — Fred Taylor is the best running back in the league."

Here's the link to the entire story: http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/7117326

What do you guys think?


Blogger Mark said...

Fred brings an awesome combination of speed and power (ask Mike Doss). Not too long ago legendary back Jim Brown commented that Taylor was his favorite back to watch for those reasons; further cementing his position as a "player's player." I'd also argue that Taylor can be credited for long-term durability. Fred is entering his 10th year and that's incredible for a featured back.

I think Fred and his career have gone underappreciated for a variety of reasons:
-It always surprised me that Fred has not been more of a favorite locally; especially being a Gator. I think some of that has to do wtih Fred's initial image (remember the gold teeth?) and lack of media savvy. To Fred's credit he's come a long way in that regard and matured into a real team leader and voice. Even so, the team has seemed to look forward and adopt Maurice Jones-Drew as the new face of the franchise.

-Two things have hurt Fred's notoriety on a national scale.
1. By playing in what many consider to be a small market, Fred and all the Jaguars don't receive their fair share of nationally televised games and the associated hoopla. (Can you imagine if Fred played for Dallas or Pittsburgh? They'd be carving his bust already.) The Jaguars can help themselves in that regard by getting deep into the playoffs.
2. The emergence of the fantasy football culture where the quality of players too often gets confused with the # of fantasy points they accumulate. TD's, as a statistical measure of RB performance, is a vastly overrated stat. Even so, that's the one the earns the magazine covers.
Fred remains an incredibly talented back and a joy and priviledge to watch.

August 16, 2007 at 8:01 AM  
Anonymous Brian said...

Ill tell you what I think. I think Michael C Wright is a jerk. What are you trying to do with that article about leftwich? Whats your problem. What the heck did he do to you? Are you purposely trying to cause controversy? Thats an A**hole thing to do bro. I dont know where you came from or why you all of sudden are writing about the Jaguars. But go somewhere else if your purposely going to try to ruin their season. This team can be special but you little sports writers who nowadays just try to ruin situations just for a story are a disgrace to sports and you're a disgrace to all of us who read the newspaper everyday. Leftwich is freakin right! Del Rio admits himself that he could have and should have handled the situation better. And on top of that you taking things out of context. How or when did leftwich actually say "I blame the organization"??????? He never did. Leftwich always says the right,hes always honorable to all of ou media types and for you to stab him in his back and take alot of what he said out of context makes me sick. Fortunately Byron is a class act and im sure he'll come out of this situation you're trying to cause looking like the better man. Stop doing these things. Go somewhere else and ruin someone else season and maybe career. I dont know if your some closet Garrard lover or what but leave this guy alone. I mean seriously hasnt Byron been through enough? Why are people really trying to run him out of town? I got news for all those people like you. If Byron leaves, then this team will slowly fall apart and we can say peace to the Super Bowl and the playoffs and soon maybe goodbye to the team in Jacksonville. Thanks Michael.

August 16, 2007 at 8:39 PM  
Blogger beachbizkit said...

I think that Lofu is absolutely right. I have been saying that for years. He still gets the fragile label from most people, which is a false statement. Look at his stats and games played compared to most other backs and it proves he is one of the most durable backs in the league. They all get banged up. Fred needs to get notices more outside of J-ville to get pro bowls. He should already have three.

August 18, 2007 at 8:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First it was Jim Brown and Marcus Allen. Now it's Lofa Tatupu.

Players have no problem giving FT his due.

It's always the people in the media that continue to underrate FT.

August 18, 2007 at 9:31 AM  
Blogger Michael C. Wright said...

Wow Brian, you said a mouthful. Nobody is trying to cause a controversy. I'm just doing my job. No, I didn't prod him into saying what he said, either. What would be a "disgrace" Brian is if I'd have NOT reported on the situation. Then, I'd be short changing you, the reader. It's my job to provide news about the team whether it's good or bad.

Sorry you feel the way you do.

August 18, 2007 at 2:40 PM  
Anonymous JJ Jones said...

Fred is a great talent. He is among the best natural RB's I have ever seen. He can make the Hall of Fame someday if he has a Super Bowl moment.

August 23, 2007 at 6:19 AM  

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