Fred Taylor: Running To Daylight

Jaguars running back Fred Taylor talks to the media about the importance of this week's game, the physicality of the Colts' secondary, his personal running style, and much more!

On the importance of the game this week...

"It's right there in front of us. You have to give the Colts a lot of credit. They've been the beast of this division. They've won it the last four or five years and are even the Super Bowl Champs. I think this stage right now is set up because in the past, we were a number of games behind them after the 12th game of the season, but right now, we have an opportunity to get a share of the division lead and that makes it exciting."

On putting their best foot forward...

"We always feel that way. Going into every game, we feel like we have to go out there and compete. The team that executes the best and minimizes the turnovers will be the team that wins. Sunday is going to be a good opportunity and a challenge for us."

On if the Colts defense is physical...

"They play well on the back end (defensive backs). Bob (Sanders) is one of those guys you have playing around in the box. The corners do a pretty good job of tackling. That's the type of matchup we like."

On building a team to defeat the Colts...

"I know in the past when the Titans beat us three times in that one season, we had to battle through that adversity. The Colts remind me of that Titans team. As long as guys don't press when things don't go their way and remain focused, I think we'll give ourselves a better opportunity."

On getting guys calmed down...

"Sometimes when a team has been the best, or when someone has been better than you, or has beaten you more than you've beaten them, you try your hardest to beat them. There's no need to get out there and talk your way to a victory. You gotta go out there and earn it."

On maintaining offense balance...

"You want to run the ball and stop the run. That's the formula usually. We go into the game with our mentality of wanting to. We want to establish the run and that way, you can have more balance in your offense. We want to show that we we're going to hit you in the mouth and go from there."


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On describing his running style...

"My style is run to daylight. I'm a cut-back runner, but I'm a smart runner. I understand gap integrity from a defensive standpoint. I understand eight-man spacing. If a guy is going to overflow and not be technically sound, then I put a cut-back. I want to run to where the daylight is, whether it a tough four or 60 yards."

On absorbing contact...

"I try to change it up. I try to make them miss. I try to get them off-balance. I run through contact, run them over or bull dozier them. Stiff arm is usually the last thing I do. Sometimes I try to set the tone to inspire my team, whether it's making a guy miss or running him over."

On splitting his time with other players...

"It's pros and cons involved. I think on one end, I've been a player 10 years now. It actually helps me as far as longevity is concerned, that along with taking care of my body on a daily basis. That's the pro side of it I think."

On gaining 10,000 career yards...

"I'm definitely thankful I was able to make it to 10,000 (yards). I don't know what the future holds for me and the Pro Bowl. It's not even on my radar. I wouldn't mind having it on the resume, but at the same time, I think I've done a lot in this league. I've gotten enough respect by my peers that I compete every Sunday. As long as they know I am Pro-Bowl caliber and I feel the same way, it feels fine."

On passing prominent names on the all-time list...

"Last year, our PR guy Ryan (Robinson) came to me with a list of things I could pass. I was excited to crack the top 25. It's a good situation considering what I've been through with the injuries. I've been counted out and for a couple months here in Jacksonville, I was considered a rookie bust because Tavian Banks was out-performing me in the pre-season. I've had to deal with a lot of things throughout my career and I look back on the fact I've continued to play as hard as I can and it's a good feeling."

On being with the Jaguars for 10 years...

"I've had some good opportunities here. Throughout all my contract negotiations, I've never really tested the market, but due to certain injuries and different things like that, I've never really had any control over it. God does all those things. He was preparing me for these situations. I feel like I got the best deal in the Draft. I would like to retire here, but we'll see what happens."

On how long he sees himself playing...

"In the perfect world, I'd play another five years. I want to honor my contract, so possibly through the 2010 season. All in all, until the wheels fall off because I love playing football."


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