Chester Taylor unhappy with the Bears

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Chester Taylor is looking more and more like the odd man out in the Bears’ backfield, and he’s not happy about it.

On Saturday night Taylor never got in the game against the Titans, even though the Bears could have used another running back when Marion Barber left with a calf injury. Afterward Taylor told Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune that he’s frustrated, not only with not playing but with the way the coaches told him he wasn’t playing.

“My running backs coach [Tim Spencer] told me after I came out for pregame that I wasn’t playing,” Taylor said. “He didn’t give me no reason or no excuse or nothing.”

Matt Forte is well established as the Bears’ starter, and Taylor appears to be in competition for a roster spot with Barber and Kahlil Bell. But Barber and Bell have had far more playing time than Taylor this preseason, and Taylor says he doesn’t see how he’s supposed to compete for a roster spot if he can’t get the ball.

“It’s hard to get three carries in a preseason game and the other players are getting 13, 14 carries,” Taylor said. “That’s not comparing anything. It’s not from production and play.”

After the game, Taylor wasn’t hiding his frustration.

“Yeah, I’m disappointed,” Taylor said. “I’m practicing all week thinking I’m going to play. Just for them to come out of the blue and say that, yeah, I’m disappointed.”

The bottom line, however, is that Taylor signed a four-year, $12.5 million contract last year and then proceeded to carry the ball 112 times for 267, a pathetic 2.4 yards a carry. Taylor got plenty of carries last season to prove he belongs, and he didn’t take advantage of those carries. If he’s looking for someone to blame for the fact that he’s not getting many carries in the preseason this year, he should look in the mirror.

48 responses to “Chester Taylor unhappy with the Bears

  1. Taylor has always had starter talent but from what Ive heard, hes a bad attitude. I think if he played for New England he could really ball. Good receiver.

  2. Unfortunately, Chester Taylor just doesn’t have it anymore. When a running back of his talents loses a step in speed or a .5 second in quickness it can spell doom for a career. Bears coaches are not just evaluating his dozen pre-season carries, but his 100+ carries last year where he struggled to get more than a 2.0 avg.

  3. His production last year is just that last year, if you don’t want him to have a chance to compete for a spot then why not cut him

  4. You should look up “chester taylor destroys take me out to the ballgame” on youtube. Its a game changer

  5. It’s been a long time since ol’ Chet was fantasy relevant.

    Question: Is there ANY fantasy league with so many teams or that has so many rounds that Taylor actually got drafted by anyone? I sure haven’t seen it happen.

  6. Chester….. Life in the BIGS my brother! I assume if you were lighting it up in practice, were a positive influence in the locker room, or played special teams like you wanted a roster spot versus a guy who deserves to wear a hat on the sideline and chuckle during games, things may be different…

  7. chatham10 says:
    Aug 28, 2011 8:38 AM
    Chester, you had a good thing going in Minnesota and you left for the big bucks so it looks like things are not going to work out for you.
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    Yea you could stayed and been on the NFC North’s last place team

  8. Taylor isn’t the only one questioning Angelo, Lovey nd Martz’s decisions. A team with the ability to evaluate talent will sign you and let you play, don’t worry. Da Bears will continue slogging through mediocre player moves and coaching… replacing their turf every 4 games and trading good, young players for peanuts.

  9. Chester Taylor is not the odd man out, he is old man out. He has looked horrible in games and where Forte, Barber and Bell are averaging good YPC numbers, Taylor averages 2.0. Not the lines fault, not Martz fault , its on Taylor and he is getting old. Time for him to retire.

  10. Chester Taylor and Matt Forte are the same kind of “slasher” style running backs. Barber is a bruiser. Slash and bruise compliment each other. i.e. Taylor is the odd man out.

  11. minnysoda says:
    Aug 28, 2011 9:34 AM
    Yea you could stayed and been on the NFC North’s last place team

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    What?

  12. Taylor isn’t the only one questioning Angelo, Lovey nd Martz’s decisions. A team with the ability to evaluate talent will sign you and let you play, don’t worry. Da Bears will continue slogging through mediocre player moves and coaching… replacing their turf every 4 games and trading good, young players for peanuts.
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    And winning the division and playoff games.

  13. Chester, you had a good thing going in Minnesota and you left for the big bucks so it looks like things are not going to work out for you.
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    Yea you could stayed and been on the NFC North’s last place team
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    ……yeah, as opposed to losing NFC Championship on your home turf against a division rival

    at least we sucked last year and new exactly where we stand. you are still dealing with an egomainiac OC and a quitter of a starting QB who are both as hot as the wind goes. trust me, you take away your great O-Line coach & Devin Hester & your team has nothing!

  14. He was all smiles when he left Minnie last year – now look at him. He’s the text book malcontent – he pouts, didn’t come to OTA’s or minicamps while at MN. Take that personality and factor in the league’s worst O-Line and this was bound to happen.

  15. @knucklehead – sorry dude. Chester is not a high character team guy. He started with the ravens and we let him go because he whined about his usage when he was backing up Jamal Lewis. Then he goes to the bikes thinking he is da man and they draft AP. Noe he’s bitching about how he is being used again. This despite signing a way overvalued contract. He should STFU and count his blessings. Only other thing he is qualified 4 is flipping burgers at McD’s

  16. We should be bashing the Bears for a terrible contract for a guy who didn’t really have it in his last year in Minnesota, let alone last year for the Bears. At least he’s saying that he’s interested in competing for a job when his body really isn’t.

    Let alone that pairing him with a similar back in Forte didn’t make much sense either. It’s just another reason to not expect much out of the Bears this year. They really have no clue what they’re doing and had a lot of luck and health propel them well above their abilities.

  17. robsterny says: Aug 28, 2011 9:00 AM

    WOW!..One of the few times a writer tells it like it is. Good job..No fluff…no spin.
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    I guess this guy stopped reading before the last paragraph.

  18. @ ppdoc13

    You’re missing the point. The guy just wants more playing time and more touches. Frankly, I’d be upset if he wasn’t that way. Shouldn’t all NFL players strive for that???

    Wouldn’t you complain if you were stuck behind Jamal Lewis? In his later years he was nothing more than a waste of space…not to mention a criminal.

    Yeah, I’d rather have Jamal than Chester too. Nice try, Raven.

  19. You get a paycheck Chester…that’s all you’re entitled to…they don’t owe you any explanations.

  20. Last year? Wasn’t it last year that same O-Line couldn’t protect Cutler that good and led the NFL in sacks allowed.
    If they couldn’t pass block what’s makes them so good at holding some blocks for their running backs.

    Which O-line would you rather have blocking for you the one in Chicago or Minnesota?

  21. Chester was a third down machine in MN and they struggled without him when he went to the Bears. I would have thought Marty could utilize a versatile RB like Chester.

  22. Watch how fast he gets signed when the Bears cut him. That is a very good indication of his perceived value. Da Bears paid a high price VERY FAST when Chester became a free agent. Remember that?

    I didn’t work out in Chicago. Watch how quick another team grabs Chester when the Bears cut him. He is older, but his body has not had nearly the pounding a starter would have had over that time period. I was sad to see Chester leave Minny, because he was very productive there, behind Peterson in that 3rd down role. Chicago thought he could do the same there, and it didn’t work out.

    Green Bay won’t sign him, because, well, they’re perfect. But the 49ers might look, I think.

  23. @ vikesfan

    I suggest you take your trolling somewhere else. The Bears may not turn out the greatest this year, but their fans can rest easy knowing it will be the Vikings living in the NFC North basement. Oh wait, lemmie guess…. you think a washed up McNabb will save your season.

    Laughable.

  24. So Jerry Angelo spent that kind of money on a 3rd down 29+ year old HB, told that James Starks kid he was gonna draft him, only to up and draft some random practice squad QB instead (who they later cut).

    …. not trying to rip on chicago fans, but…
    How can you not start some sort of hunger strike at this point?

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