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Dec 16, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Carolina Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert (35) runs the ball while defended by San Diego Chargers strong safety Brandon Taylor (28) during the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

John Pagano Speaks A Bit About S Brandon Taylor

San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator went onto XX 1090 to talk with Darren Smith and shared his thoughts on a number of things. The question about S Brandon Taylor came up in the conversation. Smith asked why Brandon Taylor has not been active and if he was healthy to start playing. Pagano is nothing like Mike McCoy when it comes to the media. He will spill everything on the table for you.

Here is a little bit of what he said on the radio:

“Its hard to get on the field when guys in front of you are playing. The biggest situation, he had a little bit of a scare coming off his knee coming off of training camp. He has been doing anything we have asked of him scout team wise…”

Hard to get in the game with the guys playing in front of him? Gilchrist has not been tearing it up back there and Taylor still cannot get a chance on the field? Should that be a little worrisome on where some of us project him as a player?

I would love to see him get a chance on the field. He wasn’t one of those A.J. Smith reaches in the draft. He was projected by many as a 3rd round selection, but he had that injury and has not been able to get on the field since.

I would love to see him get in the mix a little more, but if the coaches believe that he can’t beat out the players that are already there, then that is a little worrisome. He isn’t even active during the games. One day he will get his shot and I am looking forward to seeing him there.

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  • tubbs45

    I’m hopeful we’ll get a peak, shortly after the BYE.

  • Rob Base

    Put the man in and let him play! I think he’s a better option than Gilchrist. Trade bait? Hmmmm?

    • John Alton

      Taylor had a serious set back with his ACL injury at the end of camp. Only bad things happen when injured players come back before they fully healed and ready.

  • Peter Thompson

    I have always maintained that he won’t be back until after the bye week, as the Chargers were going to play it safe. All that talk about him starting the season was extremely optimistic. I wouldn’t read too much into Pagano’s statements here. Guys ARE ahead of him, but I don’t think he means they are better safeties. If we start judging his talent based on statements like this… or by how much playing time the Chargers give him… then we are not thinking clearly. Example… we all know what Ladarius brings to the table, but they only play him here and there, despite him having two catches for 40 yards in the last game. Based on how they are handling Green, I expect to see Taylor handled in the same way. I don’t necessarily agree with it, but that’s what the coaches apparently to like to do.

    • John Alton

      I agree with what you said. We can’t be so quick to believe everything a coach says. A lot of times coaches will BS people rather than say what is actually going on. That and to get the media to shut up. They are taking there time and letting these young players develop. There’s nothing wrong with that. There time will come sooner than later.

  • veazy

    Damn, I miss Tolbert, especially when he’d do the dougie. Damn, now I’m starting to miss LT and his finger flick.

    • 1961 Fan

      I miss Iccky Woods and his Iccky shuffle!-Bengals Player.

  • ryan

    i’d rather see jahleel addae starting over both gilchrist and taylor and move gilchrist back to cb

  • blu3ny3llow

    I had heard that b4 from Pags about Taylor…. so it probably means he’s not that much better than Gilchrist….I would like to see him get a shot though

  • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

    Jahleel Addae is great. Rookie safety who hits with intensity and is always around the ball. He gets better every day. He is like a mini Ronnie Lot. Hard to get playing time while we have playmakers like that on the field giving it their all. Finally someone worthy of wearing #37 .

  • common sense

    He’s just not that good, otherwise they would’ve played him.