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Wednesday, December 23, 2009
On Taylor vs. Del Rio

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Fred Taylor's always been a wonderfully candid guy.

So as he gets prepared for his new team to go against his old team, it may have been inevitable that he said something that stirred things up.

Here’s what he told Michael C. Wright, a reporter who covered Taylor while he was with the Jags.

Taylor/Del Rio
Fred Taylor, left, and Jack Del Rio traded subtle jabs through the media on Tuesday.

"There is a whole lot of veteran leadership across the board [in New England]. There's more film study across the board. ... I thought we watched a fairly decent amount of film [in Jacksonville]. But I guess I didn't."

Wright said that Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio’s media session Tuesday went longer than usual. The reporter suspected Del Rio was waiting for a question about that comment, and he was ready when it arrived, talking with a joking tone but a serious message.

"Fred's always been a great interview. He really has, and I think he pointed to one of the things I really liked about it, I saw that and I said that was really great because he pointed out the leadership there shows the way, and I think he was referring to veteran players."

"... So that's what we're looking to instill in our veteran players, and evidentially, he wasn't that veteran leader here, having our guys watch the tape. So we're going to work on getting the veteran leaders that are now here to have our guys watching more tape because he provided the blueprint."

Good stuff in both directions.

It’s reasonable for Taylor to say that he discovered new things when he joined a three-time Super Bowl winner after 11 seasons with the Jaguars.

And it’s also reasonable for Del Rio to question that discovery in the context of how it might have helped his team had it been made in the old setting.

Here’s the Q&A with Taylor that got this started. He’ll talk to Jacksonville media in a conference call Wednesday, so there may be more coming.

He appeared in four games before suffering an ankle injury. The Patriots have been patient with him, and he’s hoping Sunday is his return game.