In a recent mailbag, Peter King explained why the Steelers, Colts, and Patriots need the recently released 33-year-old Fred Taylor. On the surface, an aging Taylor going to the pass happy Patriots or Colts doesn’t seem to make a ton of sense. Meanwhile, the Steelers have Rashard Mendenhall and Willie Parker to carry the mail. Thus, Taylor joining the fray isn’t all that likely.
Running back is one of the few areas that New England greatly lacks strength. Laurence Maroney is injured all of the time while Sammy Morris and BJGE are serviceable but not the answer. Could the Pats do any worse than Taylor?
Meanwhile, Indy’s problems are two-fold. Their offensive line and running back Joseph Addai were banged up last season. Yet, having the bum of the month club behind Addai isn’t the best ideas even though it’s cheapest.
As the sun sets on Taylor’s career, King may indeed be on to something. The Pats and Colts both offer intriguing homes for Taylor. Granted, his best days are gone but he will not need to morph into ’98 mode to make a difference on a contending team.
While a good running game is key to postseason success, it is not a guarantee to propel a team to ultimate glory. Remember, neither starting running back in the Super Bowl (Pittsburgh’s Willie Parker or Arizona’s Edgerrin James) ran for 1,000 yards this season.
All-pros at running back need not apply for Super Bowl winners. In fact, the last team to win the Super Bowl with an all-pro running back? The ’99 Rams with Marshall Faulk.
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