Jason Taylor still sounds sour about Greg Blache
Good news: Jason Taylor was on Sirius NFL Radio's "The Sirius Blitz" with Adam Schein on Friday morning, and he didn't have one bad word to say about Daniel Snyder. Praised him effusively, in fact.
No, Taylor's criticisms were all about Greg Blache. Hey, it's a change of pace, at least. Something new and cheerful for a Friday afternoon.
"The deal in Washington didn't work out for any of us, for myself or for the Redskins," Taylor said. "The Dolphins, they got a draft pick out of it, a couple draft picks out of it, but I think the deal in Washington could have been a lot different if handled differently. You know, you take a guy that's got 100-some sacks at a certain position, and you bring him up there to pay him a bunch of money, give up two draft picks and make him play somewhere else. I'm not the smartest guy in the world, but I just think that's not the smartest thing to do."
"I mean, you must have looked at that situation and [said] Well, why are you paying me this money, why are you trading a draft pick, if you're not gonna let me go to the quarterback?" Schein asked.
"Well, I said it to everybody in the building," Taylor responded. "And Dan Snyder ... was outstanding throughout the whole ordeal. Couldn't be more grateful to Dan and the way he handled our situation. But I talked to everybody in the building, and I ended up even going out and telling the media, 'Look, I'm not worth the money I'm getting paid, I'm not in the right spot. I wish I could do more, I know I could do more for this team.'
"It was just a situation where, for whatever reason, the D-coordinator there wanted to do things his way, and leave me on the side playing a position I really hadn't played in 11 years prior to that. And [I] hadn't played it for a reason. I'm not a left end. I'm not a 290-pound, five technique that's gonna sit there and take on double teams. I play on edges and I try to create havoc in the backfield, and we're sitting there taking on blocks up in D.C. It just wasn't a fit for me."
So you have to wonder whether Dan Snyder will not break his media silence to defend Greg Blache from this slander. Actually, no, you really don't have to wonder that. But you could wonder that if you wanted to. Or instead, you could wonder who's the next-high ranking Ashburn employee who'll be targeted by a former player.
* Here's the summary SI.com provides for S.L. Price's piece about the Redskins:
The Redskins are a mess and owner Daniel Snyder is a major reason why
The controlling Synder has become a gushing fanboy and a meddlesome presence
The fans have lost hope and former Washington great John Riggins has spoken out
So it's a positive piece, right?
* Maurice Jones-Drew on the Redskins, via ESPN.com: "What Haynesworth said: When they want to win, they will."
* Here's Vinny Cerrato, to Adam Schefter, on his ESPN 980 radio show this morning
Cerrato: "Good morning, Adam."
Schefter: "Hello there, Vin, what's going on buddy?"
Cerrato: "Hey, there's always something going on, Adam, there's never a dull moment, let me just say that. ... Hey, since there's never a dull moment here, how 'bout the dull moments in Cleveland, Adam."
Later, he asked about the Tom Cable situation. So yeah, Vinny Cerrato is interviewing ESPN reporters about the front-office turmoil within other organizations. That's cool.
* Charles Mann might have the best take on the John Riggins situation. Read it here. A highlight:
So is there any truth to what he's saying? Of course. If there wasn't, people would dismiss his comments as crazy or, worse still, ignore them. Let's face it, though: The Redskins aren't doing so well. Fans, myself included, are so frustrated we take notice. And Riggo is a master at fanning those flames. Whether he really believes Daniel Snyder has a "dark heart" is irrelevant. What matters is that people sit up and take notice.
* Finally, Fox 5 profiles some guy who's wearing a mask to protect his identity while selling Snyder Stinks t-shirts, on the side of some woody road. This is a bit old, I think, but it's still a perfect story for this thoroughly bizarre season.
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