Chester Taylor gearing up for big game vs. former team?
Who knows? Maybe it is going to take a game against Chester Taylor’s former team to finally get the running back more involved in the Chicago Bears’ offense.
If that’s the case, it won’t matter to Taylor. He’d just like to get a little more action in an attack that had largely ignored the running game until last Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.
Now, the Bears are talking about using Taylor more as they prepare to play the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at Soldier Field, the team that wanted to re-sign him as a free agent but didn’t want to pay the $12 million over four years the Bears offered, including $7 million for this season alone.
"It's a special game for him, and we want to make that special for him as well,'' Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz said.
One person truly misses him in Minnesota and that is quarterback Brett Favre, who gushed about Taylor in a conference call.
“I'm not going to say it hasn't had an impact. We all know it has had an impact,'' Favre said of Taylor departing for the NFC North rival. "That's why Chicago picked him up — that's why any team would have picked him up — because of the things that he can bring.
"I still say Chester was very underused last year. It was my first year here, but his ability to play really a wideout position, run screens from a halfback position (and) just his overall feel for the game and blocking responsibilities were as good as any of the guys I've ever played with at that position.''
Taylor has just 65 touches through eight games, a fraction less than half the workload that has been given to starting running back Matt Forte. The Bears have installed Taylor as their short-yardage back, and that means more work for him near the goalline. But considering the pay check he’s getting and his workload, it’s still a little of a head scratcher. Maybe Martz will hold true to his word and let Taylor loose against his former team.
"It's another game, but the only difference is I know a lot of people and I was there the last four years,'' Taylor said. "I'm looking forward to playing against them. And I'm pretty sure there's going to be a lot of trash talking between me and Pat (Williams).''
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