Please, not this again. Anything, please, but not this.
"We always wonder why we don't get as many breaks as other people," Fred Taylor said this past Monday, less than 24 hours after the Jaguars had suffered a 28-25 loss to the Colts that brought tears to Taylor's eyes.
Taylor is an honest talker. He shoots straight with the media and provides a more genuine look into his soul than most professional athletes allow. For those reasons, there's a tendency here to protect Taylor, but, sorry, not this time, Fred.
This "we don't get the breaks" stuff has got to stop before it gathers momentum, again. Please, no more whining and crying about officials' calls, costly injuries, bad weather, scheduling, etc. There has been way too much of that in this team's history. Please, dignity first; always dignity first.
Taylor wasn't here in 1996 when the most accurate kicker in NFL history fell down as he attempted a chip-shot field goal that would've ended the Jaguars' season far short of its "Cinderella" run to the AFC title game. Taylor was still at the University of Florida when Mike Hollis was bouncing kicks off the uprights and over the crossbar during that '96 run, which began with a very accommodating Vinny Testaverde fumble in Baltimore.
"We never get breaks you see other teams get. Some teams seem like they get more calls than we get," Taylor told reporters on Monday.
Now, wait a minute, Fred. What about those two Colts fumbles deep in their own territory? They produced 10 Jaguars points. And what about that replay review of Marcus Pollard's fumble? Everyone figured the call would be overruled, but the TV shot never showed the ball. Wasn't that a good break?
How about that little replay reversal in Cleveland last year? Was that a good break? Browns fans think it was.
But that's not even the point. The point is that good teams overcome all obstacles. They overcome officials' calls, injuries, bad weather, road crowds, etc. Good teams don't whine and cry; they just get tough. It's their personality.
"As long as we have those players who are hungry, we're going to win those games we lost last year by a couple of points," Taylor added.
That's the attitude. That's what it takes to deal with adversity. Whining and crying won't get it done.