Tag:Jason Taylor
Posted on: August 29, 2010 1:33 pm

How is Jason Taylor even still playing football?

Posted by Will Brinson

The news that Calvin Pace could miss up to six weeks is pretty devastating for the Jets -- and Jason Taylor, too, because the 35-year-old is now expected to play "100 percent" of the snaps (instead of 75).

Just the thought of that seems like a stretch -- Taylor's been a great player in the NFL but he's ancient at this point. After reading a recent interview that Taylor did with Dan LeBatard of the Miami Herald (as tweeted by the NY Post 's Bart Hubbuch), the possibility that Taylor could make it through every single play of the first six weeks of the season seems downright impossible.

LeBatard asked Taylor if he had a "lot of stuff on [his] body that doesn't work right" and this was Taylor's response:
"I have a left shoulder that is hanging on by a string. It hurts to swing a golf club. I can't wear flip flops too long because of what is torn in my feet. I've had a bad back for six years. I've probably had six to eight epidural shots. I've popped every finger out. Not just sprained. Dislocated and put back. I can't make a fist with either hand. Hurts to tie my shoes. I have to use shoe horns. Other than that, life is good. And I'm one of the very fortunate healthy ones who has played this game for a long time."
I mean, seriously? What the hell is even doing on a football field? How did he manage to pass a physical? Why is he putting himself through the rigors of a season of the NFL when he a) doesn't need the money and b) could be spending his time complaining about how much it hurts to play golf seven days a week?

Those are the immediate questions that spring to my head when I think about what he's saying -- the more pressing inquiry, though, is how the mess is he supposed to stay healthy if he's playing every single snap for the Jets?

So, yeah, Rex Ryan should probably handle whatever "miscommunication" he's got with Adalius Thomas pretty quickly.

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Posted on: August 29, 2010 11:18 am
Edited on: August 29, 2010 11:18 am

Report: Pace out 6 weeks with broken right foot

Posted by Will Brinson

Calvin Pace will miss the Jets' first six games of the season with a broken right foot, according to reports that emerged on Sunday.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News cites a source that says Pace, who injured his foot during last week's preseason game against the Redskins, will be out until Week 7.

That's rough news for the Jets, who, as we mentioned yesterday , expected Pace to be out "a few weeks" -- it was conceivable that Jason Taylor could handle "100 percent" of the snaps (as they'll need him to) for a couple of weeks, but six is a lot to ask.

Vernon Gholston is also considered a possible outside linebacking fill-in, and there remains a strong chance that Adalius Thomas could be mentioned as a replacement for the injured Pace. We discussed this possibility on Saturday , but things are weird between Thomas and the Jets -- expect any awkwardness to get patched up pretty quick with a sudden need for an outside linebacker.

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Posted on: August 28, 2010 2:46 pm
Edited on: August 28, 2010 2:55 pm

Pace out few weeks, Thomas won't talk to Jets?

Posted by Will Brinson

Calvin Pace is expected to miss "a few weeks" after leaving the Jets' preseason game against the Redskins, according to Rex Ryan .

That creates a bit of a problem, in that Jason Taylor, who's 35 mind you, is now going to have to play "100 percent" of the snaps, instead of "75 percent."

One possible solution that's been floated out there is the signing of Adalius Thomas, who played with the Ravens under Ryan. However, SI 's Peter King tweets that "Ryan told me Adalius won't call [the Jets] back."

That would seem odd, except for the fact that the Patriots recently released Thomas in a fairly ugly divorce and neither the Ravens nor the Jets swooped in to sign him -- clearly, there's something at odds with Thomas and GMs/coaches in the league.

If that wasn't definite, it certainly is after hearing that he won't even call Rex &$^$ing Ryan back.

Update (2:53): Peter King tweets again, this time to say that he just got off the phone with Thomas and the linebacker told him, "I definitely want to play. [There] must be a miscommunication."

That, obviously, changes everything that we wrote above -- and it may just be that Ryan doesn't want to talk to Thomas about joining the Jets. He had his chance earlier, of course, but at that point in time he thought outside linebacker as a position of strength for his team. Now he might feel differently. And maybe Peter King is playing Cupid.

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Posted on: August 3, 2010 3:41 pm

Hey Kurt Warner, show us your moves

I hate to tread on Andy’s celebrity-gossip role here on the Facts & Rumors blog, but the Washington Post is reporting that Kurt Warner will be included on the next season of “Dancing with the Stars.”

He joins Emmitt Smith, Jerry Rice, Jason Taylor, Warren Sapp, Lawrence Taylor, Michael Irvin and Chad Ochocinco as the only NFL alumni – or current players – to compete on the show. Of all those contestants, only Smith has won.

Though he’s the first quarterback ever to participate, I doubt Warner will be the next NFL star to win the title. But that’s OK. It might not compare to the Dancing with the Stars trophy, but Warner does have a Super Bowl ring.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 6, 2010 5:32 pm

Who will replace Jason Taylor, Joey Porter?

C. Wake attempts to sack New England's T. Brady Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel takes a look today at Miami’s linebacker corps, and asks the question most likely on every Dolphins fans’ mind. How in the heck will the team replace Joey Porter and Jason Taylor at outside linebacker?

It’s hard to argue Miami’s decision to rid itself of Porter – who is still effective, but who turned 33 in March – and Taylor, who’s four years older and noticeably slower. But who will fill those spots?

Kelly has even more questions:

Cameron Wake has pressured quarterbacks in Canada and America, but can this Dolphins linebacker convert from a project to a productive NFL starter this season?

Charlie Anderson has proven to be a patient man, and Quentin Moses is a resilient one — but are either of these converted former college defensive ends starter material as 3-4 linebacker?

In his first two seasons, Erik Walden established himself as a solid special teams contributor, but can he do more on an every-down basis?

Wake – who was a productive player in the CFL – is strong coming off the edge (though merely mediocre everywhere else at the OLB role), and the team will look to him to replace Porter. Moses and Walden, as Kelly points out, aren’t even locks to make the roster. While Koa Misi, a second-round pick, probably will start on the strong side, replacing Taylor, it’s unknown how fast he’ll adjust to the NFL game.

For now, there are more questions than answers for this Dolphins squad.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 16, 2010 5:43 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2010 5:45 pm

Jason Taylor Booed, Signs Autographs

Interesting article about Jason Taylor having to get chummy with the Jet fans. The article is a quick read and talks about Taylor being booed and signing autographs for his new fan base.

--Andy Benoit

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