Damn, ANOTHER one. Granted, you can say I'm reading between the lines, but it's the impression I got, and it seemed pretty clear.
Taylor called the Vikings' treatment of him 'shameful', and I agree. I loved Taylor when he was a Vike- hell, even now as a Bear it's hard not to have a soft spot for the guy. I don't know why people seemed to forget his first year as a Viking, the year before Peterson and therefore with Taylor as our #1 RB, he had over 1,000 yards rushing. And when free agency began last offseason, the Vikes said they were comitted to working out a deal to keep him in place.
Some here said that if 'our worst loss was our #2 RB, we're OK!', but I knew that was some very mistaken thinking. Taylor's role on our offense was, to paraphrase Favre in the above story, 'multi-talented'. He could block, he could run, he could catch. How could we not want a player like that on our team?
Taylor seems to take issue with the way the Vike's FO handled him and his situation. The reason why I point at the FO specifically is because at the end of the article, he says some rather glowing things about his former teammates and how he felt about his position on the team. It seems that his biggest issue is that the Vikes didn't try hard enough to keep him away from the Bears. And let's face facts- that's a mistake we're feeling. One could easily argue a player like Taylor could have tipped the balance in some of our close losses this year.
It seems Taylor wasn't too terribly insulted to be #2 behind AP. After all, he DID move right into a #2 slot behind Forte, which is a joke IMO. And under Millen's offense, he's had the least productive year of his career. BUT- he still seems happy to be a Bear rather than a Vike, and that stings a bit.
But I can't blame the guy- he was an underused, underappreciated talent that we just let go. To me, this is arguably the worst move this current FO has allowed to happen- even worse than the whole Moss fiasco. (Seeing how Birk wanted to go, and nothing short of firing Chilly [recurring theme!] would keep him, I won't call that a 'FO move'.)
We're going to feel the sting of this idiotic loss for a while.