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Taylor: New Role Worked Well

Jason Reid reports:

Defensive end Jason Taylor thrived in the Miami Dolphins' defensive scheme, which afforded him more freedom to maneuver than he has had in the Redskins' disciplined approach. At least until Sunday.

The Redskins permitted Taylor to roam the field in Sunday's 20-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field. Instead of only playing as a hand-down end on third downs, Taylor also stood up in an outside linebacker position on both sides of the line and dropped back into coverage.

Just last week, Coach Jim Zorn said the Redskins would not use Taylor in that type of role. But Taylor - the 2006 NFL defensive player of the year - has not been productive at left end in Washington's regular approach, so they tried something new.

"It worked a few times" when he was with Miami, said Taylor, who had three tackles against the Seahawks, including one for a loss.

"I think it's good. I think it worked. You can see the results on tape. It's our first time doing it, and I think we can do a lot more."

Taylor was active on defense and made a significant contribution, right end Andre Carter said. "That was pretty much part of the game plan," Carter said. "Jason's so versatile, and I think what he did today really comes from him being in Miami.

"They would just kind of stand him up, move him around, and you see what he can do. He really did good. He did his part. We could see it some more, but I really think it's going to depend on who we play."

By Cindy Boren  |  November 23, 2008; 10:40 PM ET
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Wait a SECOND! Am I third?

Posted by: charley42 | November 23, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

This reads like Taylor had a Ken Harvey-type effect on the Skins' D. Guess what?: he didn't as it was the Hawks who had the batted balls and d-end pressure (and they did it without Pat Kearney, too). If anything Chris Wilson, who was inactive, could've been used this way all year and the Skins would still have the draft picks they gave up for a guy who might not play three years to justify trading for him in the first place. What happens when he has to cover a back or a tight end on a seam-route? What happens when teams begin attacking him on the edges for big gains like the Hawks did yesterday and the Gints will do this Sunday? Like the Duckett trade from a few years ago, trading for Taylor will prove to be short-sighted and an example of how over-reactions cause teams to burn valuable picks on players who don't fit what they do.

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 24, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 24, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Atleast he's on the field playing.

Posted by: Gfunk | November 24, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Hey MistaMoe... give J.T. a chance to get his feet back under him. He didn't practice for weeks! As a DB/LB, he's probably found his niche in a NEW defense after being moved from the right to the left side of the line. Sheesh!!!... Besides, if it doesn't continue to work, Blache is smart enough to use him the best way. That's what our "illustrious" defensive co-ordinator does best... let personnel do what they do best. That's probably why Taylor was where he was yesterday anyway.

Posted by: lillylovestheskins | November 24, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

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