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Redskins' DE Taylor offers scathing (self) review

9/9/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

After reviewing the (horror) film of Thursday's 16-7 loss to the Giants, Redskins defensive end Jason Taylor was brutally honest about his poor performance. He also confirmed that he was actually on the field.

Asked to sum up his effort, the former Dolphins great said, "Terrible. We didn't win. I didn't make enough plays to help us win. If we lose a game and you've got four or five sacks, you still didn't play good enough."

Not only was Taylor a no-show at the line of scrimmage, but he was manhandled by Giants tight end Kevin Boss, a man who's not known for his blocking skills.

Taylor also shared the sobering news that his right knee is "hurt" and that he doesn't expect to see significant improvement. That's bad news for a player who prides himself on using his quickness to make plays. If teams decide they can block Taylor one-on-one, it frees them up to attack in other areas.

For Jim Zorn's sake, I'm hoping defensive coordinator Greg Blache quickly moves Taylor over to the right side, where he feels more comfortable. The Redskins aren't talented enough in the secondary to work without a pass rush. Safety LaRon Landry is supposed to be the Pro Bowler in the bunch, but he was annihilated by running back Brandon Jacobs on Thursday.

And one more thing: Can anyone figure out why Landry was playing 25 yards off the line of scrimmage the other night. This is one of the more physical safeties in the game, and the Redskins made it impossible for him to make plays against the running game.

I'm anxious to see what Zorn can do with 10 days of work. There are already whispers around the league that the Redskins made the wrong hire, but they're not coming from this precinct.