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    Taylor bears the load

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    Taylor bears the load
    Running back impresses teammates with workhorse effort in Vikings debut
    BY DON SEEHOLZER
    Pioneer Press
    The Vikings' coaches told Chester Taylor they were going to run the ball Monday night at Washington, and they were true to their word.

    The game plan didn't call for 31 carries, but after four seasons as Jamal Lewis' backup in Baltimore, Taylor isn't about to complain about being overworked.

    "I've been waiting to be the main guy, basically, and just coming out here and helping my team any way I can to win a ballgame," he said. "It pays to be patient, and that's what I was."

    Taylor saved his best for last in the 19-16 victory over the Redskins, gaining 34 of his 88 yards in the fourth quarter, including 26 on the drive that set up Ryan Longwell's game-winning, 31-yard field goal with one minute remaining.

    Taylor's 2.8-yard average was subpar by NFL standards, and the running game still is a work in progress, but the effort was appreciated by his teammates.

    Center Matt Birk: "Not the 31 carries so much but just how hard he ran. There were a lot of times when his second effort was huge. He moved the chains. He was running hard. You can appreciate that as an offensive lineman. He's a guy you enjoy blocking for."

    Quarterback Brad Johnson: "It's hard to do that. It just takes a beating on your body. What he does a great job of is he hits the hole hard. He breaks initial contact. It's usually the second or third guy who tackles him. He's very slippery, whether it's running the ball or catching it and making a guy miss."

    Fullback Tony Richardson: "I think it hopefully answers a few of the questions about him. Is he a guy that can carry the load? I think he showed that he could. Now he still has to show he can do it for 16 games. I think he can."

    Not surprisingly, so does Taylor, who set a Vikings opening-game record for carries and fell just two short of the team single-game record.

    The 31 rushes were a career high for Taylor, who had a 25-carry game against the New York Giants in 2004 for the Ravens. Taylor said he appreciated the way coach Brad Childress stayed with the run on a night when the yards were tough to come by.

    "We knew that was how it would be throughout the game," Taylor said. "We had to just keep grinding on, and coach Childress stuck with it and we wore them down in the fourth quarter. They're a great defense, but we had to wear them down, and that's what we did."

    That's a twist on recent seasons for the Vikings, whose previous response to falling behind early on the road was to shift into an all-out passing mode that often made a bad situation worse.

    Monday night was a sign that, for this team this season, things might be different.

    "Just given that we kept on running it gave us a chance to stay balanced," Birk said. "The coaches didn't panic; the players didn't panic. We just stayed with the game plan, and in the fourth quarter things finally started to work."

    That's basically the same game plan the Vikings used to post road wins over the Giants, Green Bay and Detroit during the second half of last season, after Johnson replaced injured Daunte Culpepper.

    The formula worked well enough for the Vikings to win seven of their final nine games, and Johnson, for one, is a true believer.

    "If you get down early and start getting into a passing frenzy, you're in trouble," he said. "If you look at the history of the game, if you start throwing 36, 37 times, no matter who you are, no matter what quarterback or what team, high school or college, you're probably going to lose. If you're coming from behind, you're probably going to turn the ball over. If you're not turning the ball over, you've got a good chance of winning."

    Taylor could be in for another busy day Sunday against a Carolina defense that ranks last in the NFL against the run after being trampled for 252 yards in a 20-6 loss to Atlanta and will be playing without middle linebacker Dan Morgan, who has a concussion.

    Taylor, though, says he expects to get the Panthers' best shot.

    "They're picked to go to the NFC championship this year," he said. "They had kind of a rough game last week, but we're not going to take them lightly at all. We know they're a great defense. We just have to bring our A game with us."

    And if Plan A is to keep giving the ball to Taylor, he and his blockers said he will be ready.

    "Thirty-one carries are a lot, but he's a workhorse," tight end Jim Kleinsasser said. "He can handle it."



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    Re: Taylor bears the load

    FoxSports Power rankings stated that Chester Taylor may lead the league in rushing this year because of the offensive line.

    We will see how the offense does in week 2 and hope this is a true prophecy.

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    Re: Taylor bears the load

    I agree that he looked more elusive than I thought he would...I noticed that several times throughout the game.
    He looked a lot quicker than I thought he would as well...and that bodes well for our offensive game plan in the long haul.
    Solid defense and a strong solid running game...the formula for success!!!
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    He has more moves than I would have given him credit for.
    I'm still a long way from believing he could be an "elite" RB though i.e. L. Tomlinson.


    But then again, I have Lamont Jordan on my Fantasy team and he got exactly 20 yards in his first game so who am I to judge. :-
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    i think he'll do just fine.. i've been saying it all offseason.

    i too was impressed with his effort, a lot of the plays were dead plays then he pushed another yard or so, i like his work ethic.
    Taylor's stats will be skewed the first 3 weeks, redskins, panthers, bears, 3 very talented defenses, dont expect him to do anything great ni those game, but count on him being good.

    P.s. tarkenator: its normally not bright to start a RB, no matter how good, if his OL cant block at all (what, 10 sacks?)


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    My only other choice was T.J. Duckett.
    Freakin Automated Draft. >
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    That's a twist on recent seasons for the Vikings, whose previous response to falling behind early on the road was to shift into an all-out passing mode that often made a bad situation worse.

    Monday night was a sign that, for this team this season, things might be different.

    "Just given that we kept on running it gave us a chance to stay balanced," Birk said. "The coaches didn't panic; the players didn't panic. We just stayed with the game plan, and in the fourth quarter things finally started to work."
    As long as Taylor can go injury free this season and limit TurnOvers then we should do well.
    We don't have to put a lot of pressure on the passing game.
    Our D needs to keep improving on a weekly basis.

    Poised QB and Poised Coaches = Wins.


    The performance by Taylor is a huge confidence builder for our team.

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    Im very pleased with how Chester did.. Of course you all know he did well not only handling himself with 31 carries.. But what he did with some of those carries was even more impressive..

    He found a small gap and instantly had 2 defenders on his back but carried them for 2-3 extra yards.. Imagine when this line gels and he can get to full speed.. You won't be able to take him down!

    Hopefully next week we will actually see this new found running game we have again and continue to play some smash mouth ball baby!




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    Re: Taylor bears the load

    Good news, Taylor looked better then most of us thought he would (hats off to Childress for this).

    Bad news, the most expensive OLine in the history of the NFL sucks with the running game IMO. They are decent with the pass protection though.

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    Re: Taylor bears the load

    "CCthebest" wrote:
    Good news, Taylor looked better then most of us thought he would (hats off to Childress for this).

    Bad news, the most expensive OLine in the history of the NFL sucks with the running game IMO. They are decent with the pass protection though.

    I wouldn't go as far as saying they suck..


    Big Mac- Playing extremely well
    Hutch- New.. Somewhat gelling.. Still best lineman we got though
    Birk- First game back.. Give some time to get his feet under him more
    Hicks- New.. Fairly good.. Wait for him to prove himself more
    Johnson- Fairly new to RT.. 2nd year player.. Needs a bit more time at the position

    Just let the line gel and we will have a top 5 line soon!




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