Posts tagged with: Chester Taylor

Link: Brett Favre will spice up a boring offense.

Here’s a quote from me from this blog on July 29th of this year

As much as I’d love Favre on the team, at this point I want it to be over. I’ll admit… if I’m right and Favre signs next week, I’ll get over this feeling, and I’ll probably change my tune, and I’ll be a happy guy.

But for now I can honestly say, for the sake of the Vikings, Brett… stay home.

Well, at least I know myself…. yeah, I was tired of hearing about it, but now that Favre has signed, I’m a happy happy man.

Anyway, I found this article on NFL.com, and I really wanted to share it. It’s about how Favre will immediately impact Minnesota’s offense.

When Brett Favre signed with the New York Jets last year, it took him a good two months before he felt comfortable in his new team’s offensive system. This time around with Minnnesota, it shouldn’t take nearly as long.

Favre knows the Vikings’ offensive terminology inside out and that certainly wasn’t the case with the Jets last year when he arrived in New York on Aug. 6. A quarterback needs to see the play in his mind’s eye when he calls it in the huddle; early in Favre’s Jets season, plays were just words and he often dropped back trying to figure out where people were going.

When he enters the huddle in Minnesota and calls a play in the traditional West Coast language he has used in the previous 17 NFL seasons, he will see the play in his mind’s eye. He will know exactly what every player has to do to make it a success, and his decision-making will lead to a quick release of the ball and far fewer sacks than the Vikings quarterbacks incurred last year (43). And fewer than Favre had in New York (30).

READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE HERE.

I thought that article hit the nail on the head. The fact that Favre is comfortable in the West Coast Offense is great. The fact that he will keep defenders honest will help Peterson. The fact that Favre is a master of the screen pass will help both Peterson and Taylor. The fact that he has two down the field threats in Berrian and Harvin will spice up our offense. The fact that Favre loves to throw to Tight Ends, and that we have one of the best in the game (at least since week 3 of last year) is exciting. The fact that Harvin’s versatility and Favre’s ability to read defenses will keep the other teams on their toes is amazing.

Our offense took some giant steps forward today (pending a physical, of course).

The Vikings don’t need Brett Favre to be the savior of the team. Instead they just need someone who can bring out all the talent that the team already has.

Unfortunately, Jackson and Rosenfels just haven’t proven that they have the ability to do that.



The Vikings work on the Wildcat!!!!

I know this news is a couple days old to a lot of you, but I’m pumped, so I want to share it.

THE VIKINGS WERE WORKING ON THE WILDCAT IN TRAINING CAMP!!!!

That makes me excited.  Actually they’ve been working on it with both Percy Harvin AND Chester Taylor taking the snaps.

I think Chester could be a great person to run the wild cat.  He’s thrown several NFL passes already in his career, so teams would think of him as at least a little bit of a threat to do that, and he’s obviously a great runner.

Hopefully this breathes some life into a stale Minnesota offense.


Offensive Player Profile of the Week: Chester Taylor

Offensive Player of the Week

Hey Vikings fans, it’s time to take a look at another offensive player on the Vikings roster.

Vikings fans, meet Chester Taylor.

Chester

Chester spent the first 5 years of his career as a backup for former Baltimore running back Jamal Lewis. Some people around the league apparently knew that Chester was good enough to be a starter, and apparently the at-the-time new head coach for the Minnesota Vikings was one of those people. Brad Childress brought in Taylor in his first year as coach. Taylor made an immediate impact, rushing for over 1,200 yards despite missing a couple of games with injury.

Unfortunately for Taylor, the Vikings picked up rookie sensation Adrian Peterson in the next NFL draft, and Taylor had to go back to being a backup.

Here’s a short bio taken from Wikipedia (found HERE)

Chester Lamar Taylor (born September 22, 1979 in River Rouge, Michigan) is an American football running back with the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL), originally drafted by the Ravens in 2002.[1]

Taylor was a four time all-state running back and sprinter at River Rouge High School before attending the University of Toledo. While at Toledo, Taylor set school records for rushing yards and touchdowns.[2] In 2001, he led the Rockets to an impressive victory over in-state rival the Cincinnati Bearcats in the Motor City Bowl, giving Toledo their first bowl win since the 1995 Las Vegas Bowl. He was named the MVP of the game with 31 (Motor City Bowl Record) carries for 190 yards (Then a Motor City Bowl Record) and a touchdown.

Taylor ranked seventh in nation for the 2001 season with 1,492 rushing yards[1] (268 attempts, 5.3 yards-per-carry) and 20 touchdowns. He also hauled in 26 receptions for 242 yards and three touchdowns, with a longest reception of 43 yards.

Taylor was named North Team MVP in the 2002 Hula Bowl.

Taylor was taken with the 35th pick in the 6th round (207th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. He spent four years backing up Jamal Lewis, seeing minimal yet increasing playing time throughout his tenure with the team.

Taylor was signed by the Minnesota Vikings to a four-year, $14.1 million contract on March 12, 2006. On October 22, 2006, Taylor set a Vikings franchise record for longest run from scrimmage when he ran for a 95-yard touchdown in the third quarter against the Seattle Seahawks. He also broke 1000 rushing yards for the first time in his NFL career.[citation needed] Taylor and Adrian Peterson are considered one of the NFL’s top running back tandems.

TaylorDespite the fact that Taylor is officially the backup in Minnesota, fans know that he plays an important role. Except for the breakaway speed, he is nearly as effective running the ball as Adrian Peterson, so the Vikings are in the unique position of not losing any effectiveness in their running game when they have to sit their starter. Taylor is probably better at catching the ball than Peterson, which makes him a threat in the passing game, too.

Taylor only has one more year on his contract, and he’s entering his 8th season in the league. I have a feeling that after this season he’s going to want to make one more go at getting a starting job somewhere in the NFL.

Because of that, as much as it pains me to say this, I think Taylor is potentially the biggest trade bait that the Vikings have. If the Vikes have a chance to pick up a quarterback this year, I expect to see Taylor as a potential part of a trade.


Getting the blog up to speed

Okay, so a lot has happened over this offseason. Let’s see if we can do a quick review to get all caught up.

The Biggest News: Jared Allen

Jared AllenIn my opinion, the biggest news for Vikings fans during the off-season was the acquisition of defensive end Jared Allen from the Kansas City Chiefs. Last year our pass defense was terrible, but I really don’t think it was because of the defensive backs. Winfield was a solid defender, Cedric Griffin was coming into his own, and Darren Sharper is still one of the best there is. I think the biggest problem for the Vikings pass defense last year is that they put absolutely no pressure on opposing quarterbacks. QBs had forever and a day in the pocket against the Vikes, and no matter how good your DBs are, they can not cover recievers for 10+ seconds. On the other hand, Allen was over in Kansas City racking up boat loads of sacks. Despite playing in only 14 games, he had as many sacks as the top 3 guys on the Vikings COMBINED. He should add instant pass rushing to the Vikings defense. What I’m interested in seeing is how opposing O-lines handle Minnesota. When you’re facing a defensive line with Pat Williams, Kevin Williams, and Jared Allen (3 Pro-Bowlers), who do you decide not to double? I have a hunch that no only will Allen get his fair share of sacks this year, but Ray Edwards on the other end will benefit from the attention that Allen gets.

The Other Big News: Bernard Berrian

Bernard Berrian The Vikings did not have explosive receivers last year. Okay, let me rephrase that… The Vikings did not have explosive receivers that could catch last year. The free agency market was a little thin when it came to WRs (well, except for Randy Moss who everyone expected to stay put), but everyone seemed to agree that Bernard Berrian from the Chicago Bears was a potential game-breaker. He has great speed and has the ability to get down the field fast, which is exactly what the Vikings need. If Minnesota shows a threat of being able to go deep at any given time, the defenders will not be able to stack 8 or 9 in the box, which means that Adrian Peterson should be able to do amazing things once again. I really think he’ll compliment Sidney Rice in a great way, and I really expect those two to become quite the receiving duo.

The Other Acquisitions

The Vikings also signed some other quality free agents, notably Madieu Williams at safety and Thomas Tapeh at fullback.

Tapeh will have big shoes to fill as he takes over for the departing Tony Richardson, who is quite possibly one of the all time greats at the fullback position. As long as he can lead block for AD and Chester Taylor, though, I’ll be a happy man.

Williams adds some speed to the safety position as he takes over for Dwight Smith. To be honest I don’t know much about Williams, but I’ve read that he’s a very solid cover man, and I’m looking forward to watching him to see what he can do

The Vikings sign all of their draft picks as camp starts

And this should pretty much catch us up to the present. The Vikings signed all 5 of their draft picks: Letroy Guion, John David Booty, John Sullivan, Jaymar Johnson, and Tyrell Johnson.

Oh yeah, there’s also that Brett Favre stuff… maybe we’ll talk about that tomorrow.

Until Then

The Jazzy One