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    Taylor suited to step in for Pace with Jets- NY Post

    Taylor suited to step in for Pace with Jets
    Jets BlogBy MARK CANNIZZARO

    Last Updated: 8:42 AM, August 29, 2010

    Posted: 4:05 AM, August 29, 2010

    Comments: 0 More Print The moment the Jets lost linebacker Calvin Pace to a right foot injury in Friday night’s game against the Redskins, the focus shifted to Jason Taylor. In turn, the chip on Taylor’s shoulder grew larger.

    For Taylor, who was signed in the offseason to be a situational pass rusher, it means a lot more playing time than he was probably expecting.

    Taylor, the NFL’s active leader with 1271⁄2 career sacks, welcomes the added action. Despite some people’s impression that Taylor, who’ll be 36 on Tuesday, doesn’t have it any more, he believes he’ll adapt just fine to more playing time while Pace is out.

    “I wasn’t going around telling everybody I was a situation guy,” Taylor said, referring to his expected role. “I want to play. Obviously, it was very unfortunate [what happened] to Calvin. It’s my job to step up and help. Do I think I can do it? Definitely, I do.

    “I’ve always had that kind of chip on my shoulder throughout my career. People always said I couldn’t do things. They said I couldn’t play defensive end at 240 [pounds] and I’ve been going on 14 years now. So I’ve got my little box of motivation that I have in the back of my head, and that won’t change regardless of the situation. It’s incumbent on me now to go out and help this team any way I can.”

    The Jets hope they cope without Pace this time as well as they did last year, when he missed the first four games of the season while serving a suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. The Jets went 3-1 in Pace’s absence as Vernon Gholston started in his place.

    Taylor said he relishes the chance to play more.

    “As a player, you want to play,” Taylor said. “Whatever the case is, whatever the team needs you to do, you go do. Does it take a toll on you? Sure, it takes a little bit of a toll. It’s a very physical game. But you can take care of yourself throughout the week and have plenty of gas in the tank come Sunday. I’ve been doing it for a long time. It won’t be my first rodeo.”

    Rex Ryan after the game Friday said he expected Pace to be out “a few weeks,” meaning he’s almost certainly not going to play in the Sept. 13 opener against the Ravens.

    Complicating the loss of Pace, the team’s best pass rusher with eight sacks in 12 games last year, is the fact the Jets are still without their best cornerback, Darrelle Revis — their most important defensive player.

    Revis remains AWOL in a contract holdout and there are no indications the sides are close.

    Depending on how long Pace will be out (the Jets say they’ll know more today), it’s possible they’ll reach out to former Patriots and Ravens linebacker Adalius Thomas, a free agent.

    * Mark Sanchez hasn’t been the only culprit in the struggles of the offense. The offensive line has had issues in the last two games, prompting Ryan to call out the pass protection on the edges as a problem. That means left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson and right tackle Damien Woody.

    Ferguson gave up a sack last week and on Friday night had two holding penalties. At the up-for-grabs left guard spot, last week Matt Slauson missed a block that almost got Sanchez hurt, and on Friday, rookie Vladimir Ducasse missed a block that got Sanchez thrown to the ground and shaken up in the third quarter.

    * Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall on the interception he made off Sanchez in the second quarter: “It was a zone coverage. I was able to read the quarterback’s eyes. He threw the out route and I was able to jump in front of the tight end.”

    Asked if the interception came because of Sanchez’s lack of experience, Hall said: “No, not at all. It’s just the way our defense is built. It’s designed to give us an opportunity to make plays.

    “We still have a lot to do to live up to those expectations,” Hall added when asked if the Redskins can be a top defense. “Day-by-day we are going to keep fighting to be considered a top defense like the Jets, Ravens and Pittsburgh.”

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    Taylor>>Pace

    the only issue is whether Westy can adequately spell Taylor for a few snaps per game to give him a blow

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    Quote Originally Posted by sg3 View Post
    Taylor>>Pace

    the only issue is whether Westy can adequately spell Taylor for a few snaps per game to give him a blow
    sg, stop overdosing on the silly medication

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    sorry ray but Jason Taylor is and always has been a better football player than Calvin Pace and even at his advanced age, probably still as good or better than Calvin Pace.

    Maybe we'll even be able to get some sacks now for a change

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    I thought Jason Taylor would be better suited as a starter than as a pass rush specialist. His quickness isn't what it used to be, but he's still got the mental part of the game down very well. He's a really well rounded DE/OLB.

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    My problem with Taylor is the way he has been getting blown up by blockers on a lot of plays in the preseason games.

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    Time to shine, JT. For once in our lives, do something to help the Jets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn_G View Post
    My problem with Taylor is the way he has been getting blown up by blockers on a lot of plays in the preseason games.
    I agree with the statement in general, but IMO it is a rather meaningless point. Most people like Taylors chances of making an impact because, face it, the guy is a playmaker. It's why we all hated him in Miami. But, just as its been his whole career, the way to neutralize taylor is to run between the tackles. If his presence alone makes other teams run the ball, Great! As Rex always says, he knows how to stop the run.

    What I am looking forward to most this season is seeing how Taylor is used. The guy has always been a playmaking stud, and he is playing for the best D he has ever been on with the best D minds he has ever been around. I like his chances to excel.

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    I don't like Jason Taylor, he played for a rival and hated my team..he's dead in my book

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    did you hate Bryan Cox when he was a Dolphin?

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    Haven't seen anything dazzling from JT this preseason, but I think its more of how he is being used on defense than inability to excel. Mostly I see him on the end trying to tie up blockers on our blitzes. And I have seen him in 4 point rush a step and drop into a slant/curl zone. Last game he covered a crossing pattern perfectly showing good acceleration. Thats the best I have seen of him this year. Jury's still out for me.

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    Let's face it, he's a Jet.If he does for us what he's done against us we'll be fine. That guy used to kill us everytime we played Miami even know the scoreboard didn't reflect it. I'm kinda excited to see him play a lot more than we initially thought.

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    we will all forget who he played for before when he steps up and plays lights out and has us asking Calvin Who? in the first weeks of the 2010 season

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    Pace basically missed 5 regular season games last year.
    4 with the suspension & the Miami game (Any one that remembers that game knows what I'm talking about).

    Then we had an inexperienced Gholston taking his place.
    This year Rex will use Taylor, Gholston & Westerman.

    Westerman will get his chance to shine, of course theres about 15Lbs difference but Rex is all about having guys ready to step in & step up.

    Baltimore has also had injury problems- They lost Foxworth & were already thin at corner, now they lost Stallworth who was their only deep threat on offense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetsnrangers View Post
    Let's face it, he's a Jet.If he does for us what he's done against us we'll be fine. That guy used to kill us everytime we played Miami even know the scoreboard didn't reflect it. I'm kinda excited to see him play a lot more than we initially thought.
    Funny, I always thought we did a good job of neutralizing his pass rush.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shahataman View Post
    Haven't seen anything dazzling from JT this preseason, but I think its more of how he is being used on defense than inability to excel. Mostly I see him on the end trying to tie up blockers on our blitzes. And I have seen him in 4 point rush a step and drop into a slant/curl zone. Last game he covered a crossing pattern perfectly showing good acceleration. Thats the best I have seen of him this year. Jury's still out for me.
    The guy is a proven veteran whom the coaches do not have to evaluate. He has only seen "vanilla" roles in pre-season because Rex and Co. do not want to provide early opponents with useful scouting on how Taylor will be used in games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SONNY WERBLIN View Post
    The guy is a proven veteran whom the coaches do not have to evaluate. He has only seen "vanilla" roles in pre-season because Rex and Co. do not want to provide early opponents with useful scouting on how Taylor will be used in games.
    I hope you're right b/c it looked like to me he has nothing left in the tank, but I could be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sg3 View Post
    Taylor>>Pace
    In a time warp, maybe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chesapeakejet View Post
    I hope you're right b/c it looked like to me he has nothing left in the tank, but I could be wrong.
    You're not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WeskerLogan View Post
    I don't like Jason Taylor, he played for a rival and hated my team..he's dead in my book
    Is there something wrong with feeling that way? Certainly it's an "old school" viewpoint, given today's always moving NFL rosters, but I would say rivalries like that are still valid for fans.

    It's not like the most dedicated Taylor-Hater wants him to play badly for us. Clearly, we need him, all the more badly now.

    But we can need him, and even root for him, and still dislike him for his years playing for our most hated rival, and being a guy who clearly didn't liek the Jets or Jets Fans, and made no secret of that fact.

    Sometimes it's so clear the deliniation between older and younger fans.

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