Tuck's Takes: Taylor hopes left side will be right with Redskins
The Washington Redskins have been roundly praised for the expeditious manner in which they moved to trade for
But this move doesn't come without some concern on the part of Redskins players and management. Though he never had much of a national media profile, Daniels was considered
On the field, he was a standout run defender and had enough size at around 290 pounds to bump inside to tackle on passing downs and create a push while providing the hammer as an attack guy for a lot of the stunts in the passing game.
Though Taylor moved around quite a bit during his time in Miami, he was primarily a blind-side pass rusher working against left tackles. His transition to the other side will be more difficult than advertised for a multitude of reasons.
Taylor will now be covered by a tight end more often as most teams play-callers are historically right-side dominant when calling the strength of the formation. That will limit Taylor's freedom and ensures he will face more double teams in the run game than ever before. His lean, Dancing with the Stars physique will be tested on a weekly basis.
More importantly, Taylor will need to use the next six weeks to gain confidence in his pass-rushing prowess from the opposite side. It is not nearly as easy as one might think.
For starters, his line of vision to the ball will be different, as will his body lean as he runs the imaginary hoop towards the QB. Taylor is used to dipping his left shoulder. He will have to get accustomed to dipping his right.
The biggest difference will be with his pass rush moves. Taylor could previously use his right hand to club the outside arm of the offensive tackle or to grab his shoulder and pull himself through. He will have to become equally adept at using his left in order to have the same type of success.
Can Taylor become as dominant a force on the defense's left side as he was on the right? Absolutely. Is it a foregone conclusion? Not at all.
Indianapolis Colts President
Like most veteran players, I agree with Polian's contention that something needs to be done to reallocate some of those dollars to players who have proven their worth. Polian's
I highly doubt Polian believes he can begin to stem the rookie tide by taking a stand with his entire draft class, especially since his first pick was not until late in the second round. The need for a rookie pay scale relates primarily to the top 10-15 picks, not those taken in later rounds.
So why is he making those comments?
"I think Bill just wants to make sure he raises those kids' right," said one former NFL GM, "so that they know who is running the show when different situations come up over the next couple of years."
Indeed, Polian is trying to make a statement to all of his draft picks and their representation about their ability to earn a roster spot or significant playing time if they stay away from training camp in search of a better deal. None of the draft picks are projected to start from day one and Polian believes these rookies need the Colts more than the Colts need them.
But it is ironic for those words to be coming from a guy who wholeheartedly believes in building through the draft like Polian. Twenty of the Colts' 22 starters last season were drafted by the team. Polian knows that and expects several of this year's picks to play key roles in the success of the franchise over the next several years while providing quality depth this year.
That is why all of these contracts will eventually get done in a timely fashion, despite Polian's protestations to the contrary.
There was an unprecedented high number of players who expressed disappointment this offseason with their contract status. Statements were made and threats of skipping training camp were uttered. Not surprisingly, most of those players have chosen to show up for training camp.
With $14,288 on the line in potential fines for every day they missed, these players have likely made wise decisions. At the end of the day there is very little leverage for players under contract for multiple years. They can complain and state their case to the media, but there comes a time when they have to decide whether or not they are going to use the only tool in their toolbox that really carries any weight: withhold their services.
Very few players are willing to incur the fines necessary to sit out until the start of the regular season or later. Only then would the organization really face a tough decision regarding a player like the Bills'
The organizations hold most of the cards in these instances up until the point where the player takes a stand to actually miss regular season games. Only then, if the player was brave enough or stupid enough, depending upon your point of view, would teams have to decide whether or not they were really willing to play meaningful games without their star.
Until a player shows they are willing to take that type of dramatic step, expect more and more of them to show up and play like their current contract dictates.