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Waiting For Players

From what I have heard, Pedro Taylor's address to the team was very heartfelt and emotional. He spoke about how much Sean loved football, and loved playing for the Redskins and with these teammates, and urged them to play as hard as they possibly can for Sean.

I know it deeply touched a lot of people in this building.

The Redskins have not brought any players into the media room yet, and I'm not sure if or when that will happen. Everything is kind of happening on the fly here. If/when they do, I will post immediately.

Practice is set to start in less than an hour, and by 1:30 guys are getting taped up and dressed for practice, so the window for them to bring players in is closing.

Coach Gibbs will speak following practice and we'll have to see how the team handles allowing the media to speak to players as they come off the field.

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 28, 2007; 1:09 PM ET
 
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Well Done Jasno, we have to move forward. There will onlt be one Sean Taylor but we have to look towards the playoffs and getting a new safety next year!

Posted by: jjwilson312003 | November 28, 2007 1:19 PM | Report abuse

I am sure they will play their hearts out for Sean this Sunday. I recall the fire that the Giants had after Wellington Mara passed away.

A win in this game is not as important to me as a supreme effort on every play.

Posted by: Joe_in_Raleigh | November 28, 2007 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Jasno, there's been word from Chick Hernandez on CSN that Protis wants to/is going to change his number to #21. Has anyone verified this?

I'm sure asking nearly any questions at these pressers must make you a t little queasy.

Posted by: blee | November 28, 2007 1:26 PM | Report abuse

One of my favorite cool things about Sean Taylor was how he taped every one of his knuckles individually ... that and the bone splintering tackles that happened when he taped his knuckles.

Posted by: dcsween | November 28, 2007 1:26 PM | Report abuse

This is one of the hardest parts -- getting back into the swing.

Continued prayers for all of Sean's family & friends and the whole Skins organization.

Posted by: freakzilla | November 28, 2007 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I heard that rumor about Portis changing his number for the rest of the season too....it would be a nice gesture...

Posted by: nashooh | November 28, 2007 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Stubhub has completely ruined my experience for this weekend. I bought my tickets last night, got a confirmation that my tickets were good to go, then I wake up and they have sold my tickets to someone else. The closest tickets they have available now are on the other side of the field. WTF? Does this happen on the regular?

Posted by: tweedr01 | November 28, 2007 1:44 PM | Report abuse

I dont think he should change it. It was and should always be ST's number from now on.

Posted by: Zebraskins | November 28, 2007 1:47 PM | Report abuse

tweedr, was it an auction through stubhub, or just the buy it now?

I havent seen many, but there are auctions on that site. Maybe someone beat your price?

Posted by: Zebraskins | November 28, 2007 1:48 PM | Report abuse

What an amazing thing for Sean's father to do. This must be such a difficult time for him and his family and he actually took the time to fly up here and address the team. Wow - that is spectacular. What a great gesture and honor for the team to have him do such a thing. Thank you, Pedro Taylor... I certainly appreciate it.

Posted by: mcdonnellm | November 28, 2007 1:51 PM | Report abuse

From that 'other' newspaper in town. This guy is 100% pure moron.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/article/20071128/SPORTS07/111280082/1023/SPORTS01

Posted by: 4-12 | November 28, 2007 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Zebraskins,

I'm with you on CP changing his number. I don't think he's as good a ball player as Sean Taylor, and I don't think he deserves to wear #21. He should concentrate on being the best #26, not taking on his friend's identity. Honor Sean by raising his play.

It was like when Arrington took #56 to be Lawrence Taylor and Smoot took #21 to be Deion Sanders. Neither one came close. If you're going to pull that move, you at least ought to be quiet about it.

Soups taking Doug Williams number, well maybe that's okay. I wonder if Soups got together with Doug in Tampa Bay this weekend?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | November 28, 2007 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Unless Sean's father and family requested that Portis honor Sean by wearing his number...

Posted by: chris_skins_balt | November 28, 2007 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I've always respected Wilbon, not as a sports analyist, but as a columnist who is objective with well-reasoned arguments and opinions.

IMO, he partially redeems himself with this article.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22008724/

That said, we all should know that there are times in life when we should keep our opinions to ourselves. Had he held his tongue until he'd had a chance to write this piece, he would have shown much better judgment.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | November 28, 2007 2:05 PM | Report abuse


Sean Taylor has been this team's comic book super-hero. Even when the Skins were losing a game or are having a terrible season, we were satisfied by his passion for the game, the violence of his hits and ...dare I say it... his Lust for Mayhem.

Sean Taylor was football.


Posted by: _Stumped_ | November 28, 2007 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Just a few ideas/thoughts I had today.


Thanks to Mr. Taylor for coming to Redskins Park to speak to his sons teammates.

Thanks to Mr. Snyder and Coach Joe for their commiment to the Washington Redskins.

It looks like #21 will be voted in to the starting line-up in the Pro Bowl. Maybe the NFL will let the NFC team all wear #21 jerseys in honor as well.

Last and certainly not least, my sincere thanks to Jason keeping us all informed during this time of tragedy. I am greatful for your quick and accurate updates, it helped many of us these past 2+ days.

Hug someone you love...

Posted by: tdskinz | November 28, 2007 2:10 PM | Report abuse

that guy who wrote the article from the Times is a big douche. I hope...nm its not worth it but what a careless douche.

Posted by: one3ballin | November 28, 2007 2:10 PM | Report abuse

I had hoped I might have stopped crying about this. This post changed that.

Posted by: Annie-Jazzy | November 28, 2007 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Hey Zebra, nope definitely a purchase, if I was going to do an auction i would have just gone to ebay, its more familiar for me.

Posted by: tweedr01 | November 28, 2007 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I really don't think Portis would wear 21 to try to "become" Taylor...never said it was a permanent move, or just for a week or for the whole season, or even if it true or even would be allowed by the league and/or team (although I don't know why it wouldn't be allowed).

The point is that I think the idea is just yet another way to honor his memory.

As for playing this weekend....You asked me yesterday...and I couldn't even imagine it. Now that I've spent pretty much all day yesterday crying...and communed a bit with the fans out at RP...I'm finally getting to the point where I just want them to go out there and play their asses off not so much "Let's win this one for Sean" But rather "Let's go out there and live life to it's fullest...play hard and fast, to honor Sean that way"

I can't even imagine how hard it is to be in that locker room today getting dressed with that empty locker in there...running out on that field without Sean...it's got to just be eating up some if not all of them...more power to you guys...we are def. behind you.

I do really think the league should consider moving the Thursday game to Saturday...pretty sure there is no or very little college ball this weekend...and I don't think the logistics of changing the game should be too bad...I mean we are already getting into the flex part of the schedule anyway. Something to consider...especially if the whole team will be down in Fla on Tuesday....gonna be insane. Horrible timing...hope the NFL steps up (especially since I partially blame them for all the tragedies that have been happening...another story for another post...ha)

Hang in there skins...my tear ducts I think are now broken...and I've officially not eaten for 2 days...well I've had a constant supply of coke but not one bite of food to eat...I think it's time.

HTTR!!!

And who is this Jason guy you all are talking about? Seems like you kind of hate him! LOL

Posted by: rbfett | November 28, 2007 2:17 PM | Report abuse


It seems that without anyone really noticing it, Sean Taylor had already become the team leader that we all longed for him to be.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | November 28, 2007 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Thom Laverro at the Times is an irrelevant hack on a worthless newspaper. If he has a Skins media pass, someone with the organization should pull it. Here's a guess, Thom...maybe you don't sleep with a machete under your bed because no one really cares what you have or who you are. Sleep well.

Posted by: InRealAmerica | November 28, 2007 2:45 PM | Report abuse

It just wont be the same without him. Don't know what else to say.

Posted by: vegge12 | November 28, 2007 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Loverro has lost his mind. To think that his suggested solution is to move away from your own home when threatened. . . and I thought the Times was the conservative paper. If Sean Taylor was truly a lawless thug, he would have had a firearm instead of a machete. But he respected the law, he respected the court, and he is now dead because of that.

As God is my witness, law or no law, I'm keeping a shotgun in my home. I am not going out like that. No one should.

Posted by: gbooksdc | November 28, 2007 4:02 PM | Report abuse

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