Jason Taylor recently said that he would not be surprised if the Redskins cut him at the end of the season. He is due to make $8 million next year and his production fell way off this year. I would say that 1.5 sacks is a huge drop for Jason Taylor. Joey Porter ended up sliding into Jason Taylor's position and had the best season of his career and is on pace to break the Miami Dolphin sack record.
Frankly I don't care if JT is or is not a Dolphin in 2009. We are a young team and we need to get even younger. Every year he talks about retirement and I just don't think his heart is in it any longer. In fact, I think he retired "in spirit" a couple of years ago.
During closed meetings with Parcells, he asked to be traded. He even hinted about it during the 2007 season. He wanted out of Miami and he got what he wanted. What he did not get was a productive season and he did not get the playoffs. Part of the reason of being ineffective is because he was in dancing condition and not in NFL condition. There is a difference and that was his choice as well. He also was not effective because he was forced to play on the other side of the line.
He will always be one of my favorite all time Dolphins, but leaving the way that he did tarnished some of the way that I feel about him as a fan. I am sure that will pass in time.
In the meantime, I would be ecstatic if JT's Redskins lost their last two games. No, it's not to rub it into his face. Don't forget that with each loss that 2nd round pick that we are getting from the Redskins becomes a higher pick for us.
Coach Sparano Will Not Let Dolphins Overlook The Chiefs
The Chiefs are having a terrible season, but I can bet you that Parcells and Sparano have been on the edge of their seats all week. When you look at the playoff picture, this is the game that gives the Dolphins an edge over the Patriots as a win will give them a one game advantage over the Patsies in the playoff picture. Winning conference games is one of the tie-breakers.
Over the past few years many of the "expert" analysts have been poking fun at our AFC East division as only the Patriots have been worthy of the playoffs. Who' da thunk it that there would be three 9-5 teams in our division at this point of the season. Of the three teams only the Dolphins are the up-and-coming team. The Patriots are a team that are built on veteran players playing for the cheap as they have bought into Belichick's winning formula. You cannot take anything away from that. The Jets would appear to be an up-and-coming team based on the improvement that they made over last year's record. Well, Jets fans are an impatient lot even though I believe they have a very good head coach. They went out this year and bought a lot of over-the-hill talent with a "win now" attitude. It worked and it benefitted our Dolphins as Pennington has shown true leadership in getting the job done on offense.
Here's the playoff picture entering tomorrow's game. Remember that only the top 6 teams get into the playoffs: the three divisional winners and the three teams with the next best records.
Kansas City Is Redefining "Cold"
The coldest game the Dolphins ever played was a 14 degree game with the New England Patriots back in 1977. Temperatures have been in the single digits this week and that has been their highs of the day. Right now they are predicting a 13 degree game on Sunday by game time.
VP Bill Parcells has changed the personality of this team. Most of the coaches on this team have coached in cold weather before as well. Something tells me that when Parcells gets done with this team that weather will not be much of a factor in any game.
They are not calling for any snow on Sunday, but things change there better not be any of this stuff going on ....
They say that records were meant to be broken. This time Dan the Man lost a record to his best replacement to date: Chad Pennington. Pennington completed 17 straight passes between the Buffalo Bills game and the 49ers game to break Dan's Dolphins record of 15 consecutive passes that he accomplished back in 1992.
One record that will not be broken will be Dan's 5084 yards in a season. This year Kurt Warner and Drew Brees were on pace to break it, but as usual, they fell off pace.
I'm not sure when I joined this board. Maybe 2003 or 4? Anyway I remember how I was a minority of 1 back then saying although we were going 10-6 & missing the playoffs I stated that we were old & vanilla ... & getting older. I remember saying to trade ZT & JT way back then as to get something in value. I said this team will move on & get younger & be all the better for it. I was crucified for these opinions , I opened my PM's with one eye closed wondering what now would I find in there .. I was dubbed the hater & then an award I really cherish ... most non homer.
So all these years later we dump the old baggage , finally draft fairly decent & get on with the youth movement & look what has happened ... playoff contender.
Now about the fickle part. Anyone with any football knowledge knows that our schedule was a gift & pretty easy to say the least. But I say so what ... we do not choose our opponents. Enough with the not getting any respect or more of our guys should have made the pro bowl. Lets fly under the radar awhile. Adding the element of surprise to this arsenal is only a plus. Who cares what ESPN or SI says. Screw Dan Dierdoff. We all remember the last 6 seasons & we had to live with it. Was anyone really proud to be a Dolphin fan last season??
We are in a great spot ... no stars just players. Another AFC east team started this way sometime ago as well & they have 3 rings. Its a winning blue print. So just relax & watch how this season plays out ... although outsiders will say it was a easy year to go from worse to first I say let them talk. We are having our day in the sun. If I have come around beleive me they will also. Be thankful to still be playing meaningful games in wee 14. You never know what mext season will bring.