Tyrod Taylor credits lessons from Flacco, Ed Reed ahead of becoming Pro Bowl quarterback

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Super Bowl XLVII champion Tyrod Taylor catches up with Nestor and Luke on Radio Row in San Francisco.


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Luke Jones, Tyrod Taylor, Nestor Aparicio

Nestor Aparicio  00:00

Welcome back, wn, st Towson, Baltimore and wn St. dotnet. We’re at the media center Super Bowl 50 on radio row in San Francisco in the fan Gallery, and we are joined by pro bowler Tyrod Taylor, what’s going on man? Like hearing that, right? How’s life in Buffalo man, you shuffled off. And you did. All right, man, we’re proud of you.

Tyrod Taylor  00:21

Thank you appreciate it. Thankful for my time in Baltimore. But all as well. Hopefully we can get to the playoffs next year. So that’s the goal. Now, definitely being out here. What makes you want to get back to today’s game after being in Baltimore and going through this Superbowl week? You definitely want to get

Nestor Aparicio  00:39

better when you’re not in it. But you know, you still want to be in it. For sure.

Luke Jones  00:43

How much did you hear from teammates this year? It was Tyrod. Watching it from afar, it was so interesting. You go to Buffalo, it was very well known. And you made it known at the end of last year that you wanted to an opportunity somewhere where you could earn a starting job. And just from a media standpoint, asking the guys in the locker room about you from the start of training camp, and then when you win the job, and then you’re having this success. And then finally, your name to the Pro Bowl. How often did you hear from teammates? How many teammates did you hear from and that was that, like I

Tyrod Taylor  01:12

heard from guys all the time being there for years. And as the quarterback position, you make a lot of good relationships throughout the organization, as far as players go, as far as coaches, and just people in the organization, so I definitely didn’t leave them on bad terms. So I definitely heard from people throughout the season, me and Joe Kemp in contact throughout the season. I talked to a bunch of guys don’t reveal Steve Smith, talk to me often. I know Tory isn’t there anymore. But mandatory talk just still rave and he just got a raise we talk about every other day. So I’m definitely Kevin touch. Even Coach Harbaugh, they reached out to me early on in the season to congratulate myself. Like I said, I didn’t leave on bad terms. So everything was what’s congratulatory when it when it hit me up,

Nestor Aparicio  01:56

when you got up there to play and it became your team all of a sudden thoughts about Joe and what you learned from Joe and what you take from Joe. I don’t think YouTube were ever portrayed as being as close as maybe you were being in meeting rooms all the time and being together all the time. You weren’t spotted together much by the fans, who you know, all the all went to him obviously, as it probably should, as a starting quarterback for sure.

Tyrod Taylor  02:18

I mean, like you said, me and Joe were very tight. spending four years in the quarterback room, two or three years, it was just us too. So we’re definitely very tight. But I just learned from him on a daily basis as preparation. I counted himself on the field and off the field. The things that he did he done on a weekly on a weekly basis, just I tried to carry carry all those things over and try to implement it to what I was doing in Buffalo and just still do it in my own way. But definitely learn from a guy who has a Super Bowl ring and who’s played at a high level for choking

Nestor Aparicio  02:52

the knucklehead and be fun and like all that, and I don’t know that everybody sees all that right? Sure, for sure. Absolutely. And you hear your man you You’re your own guy, your own quarterback. And we’re still talking about Joe. Baltimore,

Luke Jones  03:03

it is interesting though, Tyrod, because you know, 25 years ago, quarterbacks didn’t come in and play right away most of the time, even first and second round picks, they’d sit one, two, maybe three years, and then maybe get an opportunity even at that at that organization or elsewhere. So you’ve kind of taken the kind of the old school path, you’re an apprentice for a few years, so to speak, and you finally get an opportunity. And it just I can’t imagine what the last 12 months have been like for you from that standpoint, waiting for your chance. And then taking advantage.

Tyrod Taylor  03:35

Definitely just thankful for the opportunity, like you said, definitely had to wait for foot opportunity to get a chance to play. But I never lost faith in those in that waiting period. It’s something that I just prayed on and continue to keep working, knowing that whenever I had a chance to go out there and do what I could do to show people and impress them. So just waiting for that opportunity. I was thankful that I got it with the bills.

Nestor Aparicio  03:57

How much of the buffalo thing with Rex been there felt like the Ravens. I mean, Rex has spent places, you know, time in a lot of places. But you know, the Ravens were the formative thing for him. I think he was there longer than any other place.

Tyrod Taylor  04:09

Yes, you can definitely see some carryover as far as how the organization is run. So definitely Rex, I mean, he’s his own coach, and not to say he’s bringing in from from Baltimore. But he definitely has a Baltimore background. And as far as the defensive minded guy, that’s something that he brought to Baltimore, and you can still see you can still see it in Baltimore. But that’s something that rec started so you definitely got to have some carryover in it.

Luke Jones  04:33

Have you had a chance to talk to Ed yet gonna be coaching the secondary, their former teammate of yours.

Tyrod Taylor  04:38

I actually talked to Ed the week before he was hired. And wasn’t even talking about that. We were just talking about the season saying how things are going and I talked to him. He sent me a text after they named me Pro Bowl quarterback. They sent me a text and told me congratulations, so I’m looking forward to seeing him it’d be a couple of months for us and we’re looking forward to seeing should be

Luke Jones  04:59

interesting. interesting dynamic dairies not not too far removed from playing and definitely, he’s got to be a guy who clearly is going to coach the defensive side of the ball. But how much weight does that carry with players in the locker room when you see a guy like that, who, arguably the greatest safety in the history of the NFL,

Tyrod Taylor  05:16

you definitely need to listen to what he’s saying because he’s played the game at a high level for his entire career. And he knows a lot about football has a bunch of knowledge about it. So definitely listen to the things he’s saying whether you’re offensive or defensive guy, he’s done it the right way in his league for a long time.

Nestor Aparicio  05:33

So I’ve had occasion to speak with James Trapp lately from oh one Raven sees the team chaplain for the bills. You know, my wife is now a two time survivor of leukemia. James had leukemia sister saved his life and little while Baltimore connection up there for you as well. A little old school new school man,

Tyrod Taylor  05:50

trap is a great guy to talk to him often. Hi, he’s our champ. He’s not shuffling up there.

Nestor Aparicio  05:55

But he played the game too. He’s

Tyrod Taylor  05:56

not in the game. So yeah, it’s easy to relate to him.

Nestor Aparicio  05:59

You don’t think about him as a player, man. He was a mauler. He was a hitter. Now.

Tyrod Taylor  06:02

I remember watching those games. Watching that team back in the day. That was I was a little younger back then. But I definitely remember watching it. I had a cousin on that team. Oh, who’s your cousin? Jamie sharper?

Nestor Aparicio  06:13

Jamie sharp is your cousin.

Luke Jones  06:14

Did you know that? If I did, I’d forgot.

Nestor Aparicio  06:19

I absolutely didn’t know. So how are you relating?

Tyrod Taylor  06:22

Through my mother’s side is a bunch of detail. Yeah,

Nestor Aparicio  06:26

I don’t get it all that. Oh, he

Luke Jones  06:27

was a UVA gun. You went to tech. So that’s a little interesting word.

Tyrod Taylor  06:31

You have a family is a family is over. It’s over everything. But yeah. Forgive me.

Nestor Aparicio  06:36

I saw Jamie. Maybe at the combine. Senior Bowl. He was in mobiele. Last

Tyrod Taylor  06:41

year running on my standard was, first of all,

Nestor Aparicio  06:45

he’s got a pretty ring too, although years and luckily, I’ll tell you that. I don’t want to insult you here hurt your feelings. But we didn’t watch the Pro Bowl.

Tyrod Taylor  06:53

That was probably out here doing media.

Nestor Aparicio  06:55

How many Pro Bowls if you watched

Tyrod Taylor  06:58

that many? What was the experience? Like? It was awesome. Of course to get out there to Hawaii. Take my parents. I did it first time being in Hawaii. They had a great time. I had a great time. chopping it up with a couple guys.

Nestor Aparicio  07:12

Were you on Team rice or team Irvin Tim Rice? I didn’t want I mean, we were in here. We’ve talked about it on Monday. We’re trying to find the validity in the game and say why do they still play it and you guys go wherever your family’s having a good time. I’ve had multiple Pro Bowlers, if that Hall of Famers over, you’re saying, you know you’re judged by how many times you went to the Pro Bowl that that it is. It’s an incredible accolade. But then there’s the how do you make the game better? How do you make the game more watchable for fans? So that

Tyrod Taylor  07:43

made the reward 100 grand or nothing?

Nestor Aparicio  07:47

Well, then it becomes real football. They don’t want it to be real football, though, right? You get hurt over there?

Tyrod Taylor  07:53

Didn’t they would teams would discourage players from going over there because it’s a risk of getting injured. So I did find a way I think I think there’s a place for the game, definitely to reward players who have the promo nomination to reward them in a way. So I think there’s a place for the game just about trying to find a way to make the game a little more serious.

Nestor Aparicio  08:13

Is there some part of you that there’s some serendipity and all the waiting, and all of that, that they always say, you know, be patient, you’ll get your reward? I think you’re sort of the living embodiment of that at this point, right?

Tyrod Taylor  08:26

Definitely. You definitely have to be patient. Everything is not going to come to you right right when you want it to. But if you continue to keep working, and continue to keep believing, When opportunity comes just make sure you’re ready for it and take advantage of it. That’s

Nestor Aparicio  08:38

an easy sell coming from you. Because you’ve lived it now for sure. Tyrod Taylor, joining us here on radio row. What’s your offseason look like? You’re gonna spend a lot of time on buffalo right now. Right?

Tyrod Taylor  08:46

Well, Buffalo is a little cold right now. I’m gonna get down to Florida. And train and workout with receivers and a couple of guys on the team. So

Luke Jones  08:56

excited about the direction of the bills. I mean, your personal success aside eight, Nate, I mean, you have a few nice toys to throw to in that offensive. You like the direction of the franchise? Definitely.

Tyrod Taylor  09:05

I’m excited about where we’re headed. Like you said, the talent that we have on our team definitely stands out as far as once you say those, get those guys names both. Definitely excited about what we could do in the future. Just about us going out there and doing it.

Nestor Aparicio  09:20

You ever do the radio row? Just the first time you’ve heard it’s my

Tyrod Taylor  09:22

first time? I mean, I’ve been at Superbowls but it’s first time

Nestor Aparicio  09:27

you know, there’s bread farm over there. Passerini over there. You’re not the only quarterback running around.

Luke Jones  09:32

Is gonna be coming by either, which is gonna be crazy.

Tyrod Taylor  09:35

Yeah. I haven’t seen people in a while. It’s been a couple of years.

Nestor Aparicio  09:39

Oh, good, man. Hey, thanks for coming over and join us i i saw you on the street and Union Square rocking around but I didn’t want to like you know, come on. She came up to get all Fan Fan Fan doubt on you. But I told him I said I ran into time right down there. He was across the street. I left him alone. He said, Are you short? I’m like, well, it’s balding or could get from Hawaii here in one day. I’m figuring you know, you could get here too and it seemed like the place you me you work In this week I was having fun or

Tyrod Taylor  10:01

I’m doing I was working on some stuff with new era yesterday actually was actually showing off one of their most expensive hats so they just dropped was $2,500 so

Nestor Aparicio  10:12

I wouldn’t wear it you frame it at that price right?

Tyrod Taylor  10:14

Yeah, I’m gonna find that once I get back home. You’re not going to the game though right now

Nestor Aparicio  10:18

remember, sorry. The only way you go into playing it for sure next year you’re being used in playing it. The player? No, no, you’re in our way.

Luke Jones  10:25

We wish you the next year but the bills come to Baltimore next year. Well wish you good luck in 15 of the 16 games.

Nestor Aparicio  10:33

They’ll be running around they’re being harassed now.

Luke Jones  10:37

Really happy for your success. I know bald we are very happy for your success and don’t be a stranger man.

Nestor Aparicio  10:42

Except when you’re playing us. Tyrod Taylor joining us here on radio road Super Bowl 50. Our coverage is all brought to you by buy a toyota.com If you miss anything, you can go to the audio vault at wn s t.net. And check it out. We are wn st dotnet am 1570 wn st Towson Baltimore, and we never stop talking. Baltimore sports

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