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What Wannstedt can offer Williams

Posted by Chris Brown on March 13, 2012 – 5:40 pm

Bills defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt in conversing with free agent Mario Williams at dinner Tuesday evening in downtown Buffalo with other members of the Bills brass has a lot to offer the prized pass rusher. Here’s a small sampling.

First, he has a proven track record as a successful defensive coordinator including a Super Bowl with Dallas. In his time in Miami, he may also want to point to Jason Taylor’s track record playing in the same position that Williams would play with the Bills in Buffalo were he to sign. Here are Taylor’s stats under Wannstedt.

Year  Tm  Gm Starts Sacks
1999  Mia    15    15          2.5
2000  Mia   16    16         14.5 
2001  Mia   16    16          8.5  
2002  Mia   16    16          18.5 
2003  Mia   16    16          13.0 
2004  Mia   16    16          9.5

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Jason Taylor pays Fred respect

Posted by Chris Brown on November 18, 2011 – 9:40 am

One of the best pass rushers of this era wasn’t shy about heaping praise on the running back he’ll be facing this weekend in Fred Jackson.

Jason Taylor, who has seen his share of great running backs, called Jackson one of the best in the game right now.

“He’s one of the top running backs in this league right now for sure,” said Taylor. “He’s got it all. He’s big enough, he’s fast, he’s quick, runs strong. The offensive line is doing a good job of getting him holes. They got a pretty darn good guy calling plays too in Chan (Gailey). He’s making the most of it and that is by far their number one threat. They got a pretty good quarterback too that when you load up on the run he can hurt you throwing the ball and running the ball.”

And Taylor’s head coach wasn’t far behind in his praise for Jackson’s game.

“(Fred) Jackson is tremendous, his vision, power, foot speed,” said Tony Sparano. “Somebody asked the question yesterday. The guy will block you. He does all the jobs. Everything you want a running back to do, this guy can do. He can finish runs, finish long runs. He runs with power. He can get the ball on the perimeter. He can block you. I think he’s a really good player. I said this a couple times this week. They’ve had a lot of good backs there my couple years here. He’s a guy that you always have to pay great attention too.”

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Taylor visiting Jets

Posted by Chris Brown on April 7, 2010 – 8:59 am

Long time Miami DE Jason Taylor is making a free agent visit with the Jets today (Wednesday).

That according to ESPN’s John Clayton. New York is looking to get more sack production from their outside linebackers and believe Taylor would fill the bill.

Being one of the final eight teams in the playoffs they had to lose a free agent before being allowed to potentially sign one. The Jets lost kicker Jay Feeley, who signed with the Cardinals, at which point trying to sign Taylor became an option.

Taylor, who is also drawing interest from the Dolphins and Patriots, is reportedly inclined to wait until May or June to decide his future, unless the Jets offer bowls him over. One of the main reasons Taylor chose to re-sign with the Dolphins last year was to not uproot his young family in south Florida. Waiting until May or June however, may eliminate some options as teams will look to fill their pass rushing needs in the draft in late April.

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Bills called DE Taylor (per Miami Herald)

Posted by Chris Brown on April 3, 2009 – 8:54 pm

After Jason Taylor became a free agent the Bills were one of the many teams that called to inquire about his level of interest in playing for them. No word on what the answer was, but Taylor seems to be biding his time for a reason.

I’m hearing that the Patriots efforts to land Julius Peppers in a trade are not dead yet. So my thinking is Jason Taylor, who has said he’d like to play for New England, is going to lay low for now and see if anything happens with Peppers.

If a Peppers deal doesn’t happen he’ll push to sign with New England and probably get a little more money from New England with Peppers no longer an option (more leverage for Taylor).

If a Peppers trade with New England does happen, then Taylor considers his other options (just a hunch).

Buffalo did the smart thing, if the source for Herald colunist Armando Salguero is on the money. They expressed interest so if and when Taylor begins to look to sign somewhere he’s aware that Buffalo is an option.

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Taylor open to sign anywhere?

Posted by Chris Brown on March 30, 2009 – 11:13 am

Free agent DE Jason Taylor, who apparently would like to play for the Patriots first and foremost, is reportedly open to the right offer just about anywhere. That according to the Palm BeachPost.

The report indicates that Taylor would even entertain a return to the Dolphins, though I would think that’s unlikely in light of the additions the Dolphins have already made at OLB (Cameron Wake).

Truthfully I can’t see Taylor being interested in coming to Buffalo in light of his post football aspirations, which includes a movie career. He has reportedly been more interested in playing in a bigger market to maximize his exposure for the silver screen down the line. So I wouldn’t be surprised if he pulls a Tony Gonzalez and says no thanks to any smaller market team.

The report also indicates that his former teammate Wes Welker has been recruiting him, with Welker quoted as saying, “I’m kind of nudging him a little bit.”

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Jason Taylor being recruited by Pats?

Posted by Chris Brown on March 27, 2009 – 2:40 pm

Patriots owner Robert Kraft was asked for his thoughts on free agent DE Jason Taylor out at the league meetings this week. His answer?

“Great player,” Kraft told Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports. “I’m sure that can happen if he wants it.”

The Patriots are apparently Taylor’s top choice. Taylor experienced his best success in a 3-4 defensive system.

I’m getting sick to my stomach just thinking about him on one side and Adalius Thomas on the other. Ugh. Really hoping it doesn’t happen.

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Jason Taylor a Patriot possibility?

Posted by Chris Brown on March 4, 2009 – 3:41 pm

Please no. I do not want to even think about Jason Taylor in a Patriots uniform, but’s Tom Curran makes the case for Taylor to join Buffalo’s AFC East rival.

He claims because Tom Brady likes Taylor and Bill Belichick loves the impact Taylor can have on a game and the fact that Mike Vrabel has been traded and they have cap space after moving Matt Cassel, that Taylor could land in Foxboro.

The best thing that the Patriots have to sell Taylor is that he can win a Super Bowl ring with them. And that might be all it takes… well that and not having to workout in New England in the offseason.

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Jason Taylor unlikely interested in Buffalo

Posted by Chris Brown on March 2, 2009 – 9:52 pm

Not that I would necessarily want him at this stage in his career anyway, but for those fans that might be salivating at the prospect of seeing Jason Taylor in a Bills uniform after he was released by the Redskins, I’d say don’t hold your breath.

If you remember when he was going around and around with the Dolphins about not being part of a rebuilding project in Miami and just about requesting to be traded, it was widely reported that he wanted to go to a large market team in an effort to help jumpstart his next career, which is acting.

On top of that he was at odds with the Redskins over having to report to 75 percent of their offseason workouts this spring and summer. He preferred to stay home with his family in Miami.

While that’s admirable, the Bills pride themselves on top flight attendance in their offseason program. Knowing Taylor would likely take the same approach here with respect to offseason workouts, I can’t see the pursuit of Taylor to be hot and heavy from Buffalo.

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