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17 Jun 2005

Complexities Surround Redskins' Taylor

Nunyo Demasio writes an interesting article in today's Washington Post about Sean Taylor. In it he describes a 22-year old kid who spends much of his time with his mother, in the house he grew up in, near the college he attended. Taylor's rookie year in Washington was his first outside of Miami. According to the story, Taylor was homesick, not upset with his contract, when he didn't report to offeason workouts this spring. Still, people who know Taylor from Miami say he is just as much Dr. Jekyll as Mr. Hyde. (free registration/bugmenot required)

Posted by: P. Ryan Wilson on 17 Jun 2005

7 comments, Last at 17 Jun 2005, 7:21pm by Basilicus


by in Washington (not verified) :: Fri, 06/17/2005 - 2:58pm

So Taylor didn't return his head coach's phone calls for six months because he was homesick?

by year of the dolphin (not verified) :: Fri, 06/17/2005 - 3:33pm

he has a history of overreacting and kicking people's a--es, and i'm not talking about on the football field (he got in trouble for getting into fights a couple of times while he was at UM). granted, he most likely has attracted more attention throughout his life (due to size and ability, then money), but the guy is a semi head-case. its also part of what makes him such a great player and competitor. i'm sure washington knew what they were getting into when they picked him, so gibbs and the rest of the organization should quit complaining when a guy who knows the defense decides to stay home for voluntary workouts - if he gets on the field this year he's prolly good for 6 INTs and a trip to the pro bowl. I'd take that with all the other BS, anytime.

by elhondo (not verified) :: Fri, 06/17/2005 - 3:38pm

anyone else notice a lack of any actual "complexities". Maybe "Stupidities" was deemed too harsh.

by MDS (not verified) :: Fri, 06/17/2005 - 3:57pm

"Sean is not the type of guy everyone is making him out to be. Sean is not a bad guy," said Arizona Cardinals rookie cornerback Antrel Rolle, a former Miami teammate who has known Taylor since they were 6. "Sean has a big heart and a lot of great qualities. But his friend selection is not good. I don't think that most of his friends have any positive influence. You shouldn't change completely just because you become famous. Even after this incident, he shouldn't be restricted. He just should have second thoughts about his decision-making. He just makes the wrong decisions, and doesn't think of the consequences. I don't think some of his friends are man enough to tell him. They're just in his corner whether his decision is right or wrong."

Sounds to me like the Cardinals have drafted a player with wisdom and maturity beyond his years.

What does the fact that he "knows the defense" have to do with anything? The point of minicamps is to allow all the players to work together as a team. If it were just about knowing the system, every guy would just have a playbook shipped to his house.

by Led (not verified) :: Fri, 06/17/2005 - 4:21pm

MDS: I was struck by that quote from Rolle, too, but then it was totally undermined in the next sentence where it said that Rolle hasn't had a serious conversation with Taylor since 2003! So I'm not sure if it's wisdom, or Rolle just repeating what the coaches said at the end of OTA's. See link.

by year of the dolphin (not verified) :: Fri, 06/17/2005 - 6:41pm

A) i doubt guys get any valuable field chemistry from minicamps bc you're not wearing pads, its not real football, its a bunch of dry run BS

B) knowing the playbook and knowing what things look like while you're on the field are completely different, and i'm assuming taylor knows both considering he played in the defense (and played well) for a year

C) you're right the cardinals got a great player. as did san francisco, buffalo (twice), and denver - gotta love the U

by Basilicus (not verified) :: Fri, 06/17/2005 - 7:21pm

I think a lot of the chemistry a team gets from minicamps isn't from the drills, but through going through the camp together, becoming comfortable with your teammates, and for the coaches and players learning how to effectively communicate and work with each other. That said, I don't really trust much that the Washington Post writes about the Redskins. I've read in a lot of places they're pretty terrible in terms of trying to ingratiate themselves with the local team.