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Mark Brunell

Kidding. I just liked the idea of putting a different player's name in the title field of each post...
We have a guest blogger today and, I'm kinda burying the lede, it's a guy I thought died about 6-8 weeks ago....Larry Bud!

Gleanings from "Sports Rise"
By Larry Bud
OK, so I never thought I'd be so pompous as to believe that I could write something worthy of a guest blog, especially considering my relatively infrequent presence here. But here goes. Be gentle, folks.
So I was watching "Sports Rise" (insert your own double entendre meaning here) this morning and it occurred to me after seeing three separate offensive players asked the same question about Sean Taylor that whatever affection may have been there for him in the locker room at Ashburn is dissipating, quickly. Santana Moss, who must be getting paid to be The Reaper's publicity guy, looked like his wave cap was about pop off from the inanity of being asked the same question about his boy for 80 zillionth time. Now, this could of course be simple frustration with the reporter, but if I'm Santana, I'm starting to get a little frustrated that Taylor is letting me do all the talking for him I don't care that neither of us graduated from the U.
Mike Sellers reaction was even more exasperated. He quipped, "He was here?" Yeah, irony can be pretty ironic sometimes. He went on to give some fairly obligatory compliments about how thin Taylor looked and that you can't say he hasn't been working out. You also can't say he hasn't been inhaling too much car exhaust. For the duration of the interview Sellers looked like he had just eaten something sour. Again, could be intolerance for the asinine, but still I have to think Mike is wondering why #21 can't speak for himself.
They went from there to a satellite interview with Jason Campbell wherein the dufus anchor guy had to stand up and reveal his midlife paunch while Jason went on to explain how nice it is to have had the same coordinator for two years in a row (does two really constitute a row?). Near the end of the interview it looked like Campbell might be spared the incessant Taylor/Springs question, but alas. Johnny McAnchorpaunch had to slip one in about how "nice" it must have been to see Taylor show up. Campbell almost rolled his eyes onto the floor before saying something diplomatic.
My point is this; when reporters start to think it's more important to ask core guys about the malcontents than about their own games, those core guys will start to resent the malcontents. When your own guys start to resent you, core guys like Sellers and Moss, you're in trouble. At some point there will be a severe alienation factor with Taylor and the locker room if there isn't one already.
I love Taylor when his head is right and I think he and Landry could be a deadly combination, but I like the Landry pick up even more if there ends up being some sort of breakdown in Taylor's psyche. I think the wisest thing he could do at this point is to take the pressure off his teammates and give a little more face time to annoying jabbering heads who will keep asking them about him until he starts talking himself.

By Cindy Boren  |  May 16, 2007; 12:36 PM ET
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