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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.

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48 Responses to “Chester Taylor unhappy with the Bears”
  1. 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.

  2. jw731 says: Aug 28, 2011 8:40 AM

    Maybe it’s me…..But it seems the Bears are unhappy with Chester Taylor……

  3. flavordave says: Aug 28, 2011 8:44 AM

    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.

  4. argandia says: Aug 28, 2011 8:44 AM

    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.

  5. jstorm6 says: Aug 28, 2011 8:46 AM

    No one cares he is a overpaid whiner. Cut him.

  6. icelovinbrotha215 says: Aug 28, 2011 8:49 AM

    Should’ve never left Minny!

  7. youboettcha says: Aug 28, 2011 8:50 AM

    He should also look at his O-Line. Or Mike Martz.

  8. monctonvike says: Aug 28, 2011 8:52 AM

    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

  9. Patriot42 says: Aug 28, 2011 8:53 AM

    Some people feel they are entitled. Isn’t Obama from Chicago?

  10. jjrs89 says: Aug 28, 2011 8:58 AM

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

  11. 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.

  12. 90ragtop says: Aug 28, 2011 9:08 AM

    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.

  13. frankrizzo51 says: Aug 28, 2011 9:12 AM

    How come its always the worst employee in the workforce that is always unhappy?

  14. ninjapleazee says: Aug 28, 2011 9:19 AM

    We as Bears fan are unhappy with you. Can we get a refund?

  15. jimj375 says: Aug 28, 2011 9:21 AM

    Matt Forte does just fine with that same O-Line.

  16. tsimpson50 says: Aug 28, 2011 9:33 AM

    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…

  17. minnysoda says: Aug 28, 2011 9:34 AM

    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.
    ===================================
    Yea you could stayed and been on the NFC North’s last place team

  18. tsimpson50 says: Aug 28, 2011 9:35 AM

    Forgot to re-affirm what MDS said in the article. What about the 112 carries you got last year? Not enough to get into a groove?

  19. wryly1 says: Aug 28, 2011 9:40 AM

    Da Bears aren’t happy with Chester, either. No team ever has been.

  20. knucklehead93 says: Aug 28, 2011 9:44 AM

    Bears screwed this one up. Chester is a good player with good character.

    He was their third best offensive player, right behind Greg Olson and Olin Kreutz.

  21. imjinbrdgr says: Aug 28, 2011 9:45 AM

    The Bears are going to be in a tooth and nail fight with the Vikings for the North cellar.

  22. pkrjones says: Aug 28, 2011 9:55 AM

    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.

  23. mossedout says: Aug 28, 2011 9:57 AM

    somebody get this bum a bus ticket back to minnesota.

  24. linderhoft says: Aug 28, 2011 10:00 AM

    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.

  25. glac1 says: Aug 28, 2011 10:11 AM

    The article didn’t mention the Bears horrible line. They’re in for a very long year…….

  26. 3octaveFart says: Aug 28, 2011 10:26 AM

    “He didn’t give me no reason or no excuse or nothing.”

    Perhaps he is concerned about your overall intelligence level.

  27. up2highhell says: Aug 28, 2011 10:34 AM

    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.

  28. c1d7 says: Aug 28, 2011 10:46 AM

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

    ____________________________________
    What?

  29. stvang says: Aug 28, 2011 11:05 AM

    No worries Chester. Did you really wanna ride the pine on a 4-12 loser?

  30. achap39 says: Aug 28, 2011 11:10 AM

    # of Bears touchdowns in the preseason = 3. # of Bears players unhappy in the preseason = 4.

    Not a good ratio there, boys.

  31. leatherface2012 says: Aug 28, 2011 11:28 AM

    the midgets of the midway…..maybe they should get shorty from pit boss xl as running back…..he looks like a cheerio with a bite out of him

  32. claymatthewsisonsteroids says: Aug 28, 2011 11:33 AM

    What do you expect running behind that awful offensive line?

  33. asublimeday says: Aug 28, 2011 11:43 AM

    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.
    —————-
    And winning the division and playoff games.

  34. lexnekst says: Aug 28, 2011 11:45 AM

    The Bears will suck this year anyway. Your QB has ZERO toughness, and a double chin.

  35. vikefan says: Aug 28, 2011 11:58 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.
    ===================================
    Yea you could stayed and been on the NFC North’s last place team
    ——————————————————
    ……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!

  36. killathadon says: Aug 28, 2011 12:02 PM

    Oh well… at least he has a cool name.

  37. rugdog100 says: Aug 28, 2011 12:04 PM

    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.

  38. ppdoc13 says: Aug 28, 2011 12:07 PM

    @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

  39. 1985bears says: Aug 28, 2011 12:22 PM

    Jay Mohr is the voice of reason and he reminds us all to “LOOK AT THE GAME TAPE!”

  40. fsfwannabe says: Aug 28, 2011 12:23 PM

    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.

  41. watermelon1 says: Aug 28, 2011 12:53 PM

    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.
    ========================

    I guess this guy stopped reading before the last paragraph.

  42. knucklehead93 says: Aug 28, 2011 1:08 PM

    @ 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.

  43. tommytd says: Aug 28, 2011 1:31 PM

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

  44. whoknowsnothing says: Aug 28, 2011 1:51 PM

    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?

  45. mediasloppy says: Aug 28, 2011 4:19 PM

    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.

  46. purplehayseuss says: Aug 28, 2011 4:55 PM

    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.

  47. ihaterogergoodell says: Aug 28, 2011 7:16 PM

    @ 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.

  48. axespray says: Aug 29, 2011 5:39 AM

    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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