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Taylor trade makes Parcells look like a genius

Although the Dolphins have not yet confirmed it -- the team hasn't yet confirmed that last season ended, either -- the Washington Redskins have announced they have acquired Jason Taylor for a second round pick in 2009 and a sixth round pick in 2010.

To which I say: Bill Parcells is the man!

I am not celebrating Taylor's departure, though he probably is. Taylor wanted to be traded since the end of last season and I am told he is welcoming this move. He is scheduled to arrive at the Redskins training facility by tomorrow morning.

He has talked with Redskins executive VP of football operations Vinny Cerrato and apparently told him that he would play for the Redskins for two seasons. "I'm 100 percent positive he'll play for more than one year," Cerrato told DC area reporters.

So much for the drama of playing one and being done.

Fact is this trade means the only drama remaining on the Dolphins will be on the field. It will come in the form of quarterback and other position competitions. It will come in seeing how long, and if, the new Dolphins leadership takes to correct a franchise off course.

The drama that Taylor brought throughout the offseason and up until this week as we wondered whether he would report to the start of training camp or not -- he wasn't going to, by the way -- is now gone.

And, by the way, the Dolphins got their asking price. Parcells was criticized immediately after the draft by pundits who said he should have unloaded Taylor on the cheap. He instead held fast knowing that teams making a playoff or championship push would reach a point late in training camp when they would want a player of Taylor's talent.

Parcells was right in thinking that. He just underestimated that the moment would come much earlier in camp. The Redskins opened camp on Saturday and defensive end Phillip Daniels suffered a season-ending injury in a 7-on-7 drill.

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Genius? No way, sorry Bill (and Jeff, I don't think Tony was involved). Tuna mishandled both the ZT and JT situations. We could have gotten SOMETHING for Zach, even if it was a conditional pick. And we gave JT away for cheap to the Skins considering the desparate situation they were in, with their top TWO guys in that position (a critical position at that) going down in one day. We could have at LEAST gotten a #2 and a conditional, based on sacks, pro Bowl, etc.

It's like selling a Prius for $3000 under book value with the price of gas skyrocketing the way it is.

For sale- 34 yr old LB with lots of mileage. Multiple concussions and injuries. Has not played a full season in several years.

Wood, what would you have sold him for?

A few months ago no one would take a 3rd rounder for JT and some wanted us to give him up for a 4th. We got a 2nd and a 6th with a team that just rebuilt its coaching staff and wasn't the best with the very talented coaches they had. That means a high 2nd and probably high 6th. Thats damn good value!

Big props to JT for his willingness to commit to 2 years. He did us a real solid at the end.

So now the Fins have in 09 a 1st Rd pick and two 2nd's, and two 6th's, not bad. And what did we get for Zach, a 3rd or a 4th? I don't remember. That's two mid round picks.

Looks like there will be plenty of new blood in 09 as well.

TUNA! YOU BLEW IT AGAIN!!! YOU ARE OVER RATED AND WE JUST GAVE J.T. AWAY FOR NOTHING! A second round pick who no one knows who or what he will bring to the table, with our ability to draft BUSTS, it will probably be another wasted pick....SINS SCALPED US BADLY!

THANK GOODNESS!!! Can't wait for a new era to begin. As much as Marino / Shula were & always will mean the 'FIN's' in my heart ... time changes like rest of life. So ... lookout 08' and next couple of seasons - I think we could be heading in right direction for return to superbowl! At least win playoff & show some authority once again from South Florida!
Go Tuna - nice job my friend!

Like I said PT, there is this thing called a CONDITIONAL draft pick. If Zach played less than 4 games, maybe we get a 6th or 7th rounder, 4-8 games a 5th, 8-12 a 4th, over 12 a 3rd, Z makes the Pro Bowl a 2nd, etc.

The point is we could have gotten SOMETHING for him, the way teams were lining up when he was released, which, by the way was for absolutely zilch MJZ, not a 3rd or 4th round pick. I don't know where you got that from.

And now we gave up a player a year removed from being Defensive Player of the Year for a 2 and a 6 to a team DESPARATE for the position where they had lost their first two lines on the depth chart.

Oh and lets not forget getting a 4th round pick from a probable playoff team for a player (L. Booker) we had drafted with a high 3rd round pick one year before and who had come on strong at the end of the season, looking like a real talent. (Another reason I am glad to be rid of Cam.)

Let's face it, the only good trade Tuna has put together is the one with Dallas. Other than that it has looked like a fire sale.

I only hope most of the draft picks will pan out so we can be back up near the top of the league instead of being a bottom-feeder.

Anthony,

Sounds like you've been a loyal fan for a long time, for which I commend you. I think I can give you a couple good reasons (in no particular order) to stick around and remain a Dolphins fan:

1. You'll have the satisfaction of knowing you remained a fan with integrity and loyalty and didn't just jump ship, like so many others are apparently willing to do, when the going got tough.

2. You'll be able to watch the next generation of Dolphin greats develop. There was a time prior to Thomas, Taylor, and even Marino as you well know. And, believe it or not, there will be a time after those three. Other stars will rise. It'll just take some time.

3. When the Dolphins are once again on the verge of serious contention 2 or 3 seasons from now, you'll have the extra pleasure that always comes in the midst of success to the truly passionate die-hard that the casual fan never experiences.

I know it's tough and not very exciting in the short-term but I hope this helps. I've always been a secondary Dallas fan myself but my ultimate loyalties will always remain with the Dolphins--no matter who's wearing the uniforms. Hope this helps.

All the best to you.

One more thing, Anthony. I was barely around in 1970 so I haven't been following football as long as you have. I've only been a Fins fan since '82. I don't like the way the Shula and Marino situations were handled any better than do, and yes, I do think the current regime could have and should have approached the Thomas and Taylor dealings in a classier way. I'm not happy about that. But, regardless of how much I hate it, it can't and won't be undone. So being bitter about it seems useless. And to allow my displeasure those things to drive my choice of teams seems ultimately as shallow as saying I'm going to divorce my wife b/c we've had a few fights. 'I don't like the way they did things so I'll take my ball and go home.' Like another poster said, I can't do that.

Don't want to be too hard on you. Just a perspective to consider.

Peace.

Tree,

Good stuff as always.

Will,

I think you're wrong about the ability to draft. This regime cannot fairly be saddled with the mistakes of the past. I think you'll see as time goes on your comments have jumped the gun.

Wood,

You make some valid points about the possibility of a conditional pick for Zach, and I think perhaps they could have gotten more for JT. But it wasn't a given. I understand the Skins were under a lot of pressure to make a deal given the injuries, but even so, teams nowadays aren't giving up picks easily, esp. high ones. Look at the Shockey trade and what it brought for a player a lot younger who should be now in his prime. The trades were comparable in terms of compensation.

Bottom line: It is a stretch to say they got scalped.

1) They are the Dolphins. I don't need any other reason to watch them. Through thick and thin, I'll always be a fan.
2) No player, no matter how good he is, lasts forever. Therefore, the question isn't whether they would have to (eventually) replace JT or not, but whether they can get someone else to step up now that he's gone.

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