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Del Rio throws barb at Fred Taylor before reunion

Fred Taylor hasn’t played since Week Four, but it sounds like he’s gearing up for a dramatic return against his former team. To kick off the week, Taylor has engaged in some back-and-forth with his old coach, Jack Del Rio.

In a wide-ranging interview with Michael C. Wright of the Florida Times-Union Monday, Taylor was exceedingly positive about his time in Jacksonville.  But one comment caught the attention of Del Rio and got him talking Tuesday.

Taylor said the Patriots spend more time watching film than the Jaguars did.

“Fred’s always been a great interview,” Del Rio said. “I saw that and thought that was really, really great. He
pointed out that the leadership there shows the way. I think he’s
referring to veteran players. So that’s what we’re looking to instill
in our veteran players. Evidently, he wasn’t that veteran leader here
having our guys watch the tape.”

Hey now!

Asked for his response, Taylor stuck to his guns: “I can’t help it if it’s true,” Taylor said.  He added that he regretted not doing more in Jacksonville to help bring home a ring.

Del Rio was surely saying the comment with tongue in cheek, but Taylor’s matchup against his former franchise adds drama to a huge game, especially for the Jaguars.

The Patriots have a history of ending Jacksonville’s season.  They knocked them out of the playoffs in 2005 and 2007, and beat them in Jacksonville in Week Sixteen of the 2006 season season to end the Jaguars’ playoff hopes. 

Taylor is uncertain to play, but old teammate Maurice Jones-Drew is picking up vibes that Taylor will return.  It makes sense: Taylor has picked up his practice schedule of late, and the Patriots will want to get him back into the playing mix before the playoffs.

Del Rio’s comments may make this one even tougher for Taylor to sit out.

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25 Responses to “Del Rio throws barb at Fred Taylor before reunion”
  1. Citizen Strange says: Dec 22, 2009 5:06 PM

    Del Rio throws barb at Fred Taylor before matchup.
    Result?
    Said thrown barb lands Taylor back on the IR.

  2. Hap says: Dec 22, 2009 5:07 PM

    Sounds like a pillow fight at a pajama party.

  3. HarrisonHits says: Dec 22, 2009 5:08 PM

    The Pats also beat them in the AFC Championship in 1996. They’ve had the Jags number as long as the Jags have been in existence.

  4. gmitch23 says: Dec 22, 2009 5:10 PM

    Of course the Pats watch more film than most teams. (see spygate)

  5. Seeryer says: Dec 22, 2009 5:15 PM

    Fred was good player here but never a leader. He came in when Brunell, Boselli and Jimmy Smith were here so he never was looked to as a leader. By the time those guys cycled out Fred never stepped up as the guy to rally guys or push guys. I am glad Jack showed a little you know what is in his neck. Fred ripped the city by saying we weren’t an NFL town. I hope Fred plays and I hope he gets lit up. Fred Taylor is an underachiver. Mainly because he never became a leader on or off the field in Jacksonville. Fred is a good guy but he ought to be more careful about what he says about a franchise that 99% of his career yardage was gained at.

  6. chunky soupy sales says: Dec 22, 2009 5:15 PM

    “I think he’s referring to veteran players. So that’s what we’re looking to instill in our veteran players. Evidently, he wasn’t that veteran leader here having our guys watch the tape.”
    Son of a….ZING!!

  7. BobsCountryBunker says: Dec 22, 2009 5:18 PM

    Taylor said the Patriots spend more time watching film …
    This one’s too obvious. No comment, guys.

  8. worldinmyeyes says: Dec 22, 2009 5:19 PM

    So Del Rio is attempting to throw Taylor under the bus for his teams lack of film watching? Sorry Jack, it all starts at the top.

  9. nedirect says: Dec 22, 2009 5:19 PM

    Del Rio- Spanish for douche bag.

  10. chapnasty says: Dec 22, 2009 5:20 PM

    Not really much here. Just another post trying to turn something little into something huge. Do you guys ever get tired of hearing your readers tell you that you suck?

  11. James_D says: Dec 22, 2009 5:22 PM

    I can see where Del Rio could take offense at those comments, but I think Fred was being more postive about the Patriots than negative about the Jaguars. On the other hand his comments are about the Jaguars moving to LA were distrubing at best to anyone who wants to see the team remain in North Florida. Especially to have to hear it from a former player.

  12. FireJerryJones says: Dec 22, 2009 5:34 PM

    Fred Taylor is a class act. Why would Del Rio take his comments out of context like that? Who’s he trying to motivate?

  13. chunga says: Dec 22, 2009 5:42 PM

    Del Rio = spanish for no championships.

  14. chunky soupy sales says: Dec 22, 2009 5:49 PM

    Just waiting on some of the dimwits here to remember Del Rio spent 3 years in Dallas so they can jump up and down like wind up monkeys.
    And Fred’s fan club will grow by that exact number.

  15. KingKunal says: Dec 22, 2009 5:59 PM

    @ chunga and nedirect
    “Del Rio = spanish for no championships.”
    “Del Rio- Spanish for douche bag.”
    Well no sh!t Fred, of course the Pats watch more video tape, you know, of other teams practicing and doing their walk throughs.
    Fred, you were great, WERE, but your son Kalvin is going to be a lot better, as long as he didn’t inherit that Frangile gene from you.

  16. TheWizard says: Dec 22, 2009 6:14 PM

    Fred Taylor is an underachiver
    Yeah. Like, 16th or so in all time career rushing yards.
    Thanks for your analysis.

  17. DB26 says: Dec 22, 2009 6:50 PM

    Thanks for the info Fred, winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Watch more tape? Most certainly…. None of us have forgotten Spygate, no wonder they are watching tape, dip$h!t!

  18. rusH1023 says: Dec 22, 2009 7:12 PM

    chapnasty says:
    “Not really much here. Just another post trying to turn something little into something huge. Do you guys ever get tired of hearing your readers tell you that you suck?”
    Not quite as old as the spygate references. Sorry, ‘cheating’, since it sounds much more severe.
    It’s a sad day when Jack Del Rio is better at coming up with insults than the fans in the throw-a-barb-at-the-Patriots game. Because he’s truly a dumbdumb.

  19. Gautam says: Dec 22, 2009 8:10 PM

    watch out NFL … the Pats are coming with their running game in the playoffs lol

  20. MrNatural says: Dec 22, 2009 8:19 PM

    Jack’s right. fred was a bump-on-a-log in the locker room. Prolly his last year. bellicheat will use him up and move on.

  21. awfflpete says: Dec 22, 2009 8:50 PM

    Del Rio – Spanish for Umemployed in 2010.

  22. patsSB44champs says: Dec 22, 2009 8:56 PM

    Simple solution, Jags. Stop sucking.

  23. No-Neck says: Dec 23, 2009 9:30 AM

    Del Rio – Spanish for no championships
    (oh, except that Ring with the Ravens in SB XXXV, but that doesn’t count…idiots!)

  24. KingKunal says: Dec 23, 2009 11:56 AM

    “Simple solution, Jags. Stop sucking. ”
    We’ll see come Sunday. Getcha cameras ready.

  25. ZornFlorio says: Dec 24, 2009 2:55 AM

    Patriots = Spanish for Cheatriots.
    LMFAO!!!!!

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