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Jason Taylor makes a push for the Super Bowl

The New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers will play in the AFC Championship game Sunday evening and for Dolphins fans the most compelling part of that might be that long-time Dolphins defender Jason Taylor will be involved.

You remember Taylor?

JT played 12 seasons for the Dolphins. He never got past the divisional round of the playoffs. He's in the AFC title game in his first season with the Jets.

So how does that make you feel?

Most long-time Miami fans invested much full-throated support on Taylor. Those same people probably invested as much in rooting against the Jets. So how does one reconcile that?

Before you answer, remember some facts.

Taylor was a free agent this summer. He wanted to return to the Dolphins. The Dolphins did not offer him a contract and gave him no guarantees they would. The Jets did. He signed with New York because he wanted to continue playing.

We're beyond whether the decision by the Miami braintrust was a mistake or not. But we are not beyond how Taylor will go down in Dolphins history, go down as a Miami all-timer. The guy was arguably the most effective pass-rusher of the past decade (2000-2010). He will be a Hall of Fame candidate some day.

I, frankly, hold nothing against Taylor. I wish him the best. I personally want the Dolphins to succeed anytime they play the Jets. But the Dolphins are long gone from the picture this season. So I'm not about to use energy on rooting against a guy who is a good man and was a fine player for Miami and still loves this town.

So where are you at with this?

Stop. Again.

Let me plant this seed for you: How do you feel about Larry Csonka as an all-time Dolphin? Do you hate him? How do you feel about Paul Warfield? Jim Kiick?

The truth is those three are esteemed among Miami all-timers. Csonka and Warfield are in the Hall of Fame and the Dolphins claim them as favorite sons despite the fact they played elsewhere. So if you love them and claim them, how can you possibly say you won't claim Taylor some day?

I know, I know. None of those guys played for the reviled Jets. I get that. But you know what? They left the Dolphins in their prime to chase more money in the WFL. They left for selfish reasons, however way you cut it. And in doing so, they probably dashed the chances the Dolphins had of repeating as Super Bowl champions for an amazing third consecutive year in 1974-75.

The Dolphins lost a thisclose game to the Raiders that year in the divisional round. I'm saying if Warfield, Kiick and Csonka had been on the team, the Dolphins might have, and probably would have, won.

[Correction: The trio of Csonka, Kiick and Warfiled played in the game against the Raiders and migrated to the WFL following the game. Sorry for the error.]

Before you make your final decision and post a comment. listen to the interview Taylor did today on my radio show Armando and the Amigo on 640-Sports. Judge the words for yourself. Click to listen. And then do what you do in the comments section. 

And, oh by the way, I'm picking the Jets on Sunday.

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Coco, It's still there, It's called Goodfellows though, Was there last week actually.......

Oh, nearly forgot.

Janet Reno and Ann Bishop (Channel 10 anchor) were housemates---and likely partners---for years until Bishop passed away.

Miami power couple, for sure!

Jesse Jackson...that's about right. Maybe 5th grade ed.

Cuban, you remember a bar where US1 split in Perrine? There was this Polish bartender with red hair...very pretty. Knew every Polish joke there was. Always funny.

Just wanted to post this little piece from a Dan Reeves interview because I think it best sums up why Dan Hennings offense wasn't successful after Henne was inserted. People say this seasons failure was all on Henne and even Henning threw him under the bus. But in my opinion a younger OC with the right ideas could have got us to the playoffs this year in spite of Hennes inexperience and location issues.

“It’s the coach’s ability to use the talent he has,” Reeves said. “Whether it’s the Wildcat or no huddle, whatever. You can’t force a system on players. You’ve got to have the abilty to use what the players do best. I think that’s what he did. He took what he had in Cleveland and said, ‘This is what’s best for us.’ Everybody’s situation is different. You had a young quarterback [in Colt McCoy] this year most of the time, a rookie quarterback. So you got to do things different.”

So he was talking about what Daboll is strong at but right from the beginning of the paragraph you realize this was the exact reason Henning was such a piece of garbage. I said it all year, his ego was too big to allow him to switch philosophies or even just to tweak the plays to fit the players strengths. It was always "well the plays are good plays, they just didn't execute". So glad that fossil is gone!

DC,

Change for the sake of change is meaningless. Look no further than Sunday's nfc title game. Neither GB nor the Bears have made drastic change to thier uni's and they are amongst the nfl's oldest franchises period.

War uni's were needed change. Warfare under went drastic change in the 20th century. They no longer line'em up and duke it out. Didnt need camflouge back then because there was no concern of being spotted from the air. There were no airplanes.

Saying even the rifles used then were accurate after 50 yards is a huge stretch. So why be concerned about camoflauge if your enemy could be within rock throwing eye distance and still couldnt shoot you? LOL...............

And it's always been my opinion that Henning "forced" his Pennington system on Henne. They are two completely different people and qbs yet there was no change in philosophy. It was "he better learn to be more like Penny or else". He was supposed to LEARN from Penny, not be asked to be a Penny clone!!! They may have ruined this kids career.

Yeah, the Dolphins originally had something like 11 or 12 owner/investors with Robbie being the point man and Danny Thomas the other "public" face. I think Thomas dropped out after the first year or so.

The AFL originally wanted to expand to Atlanta but Joe Foss, the commissioner, felt the NFL would beat them there and convinced Robbie (an old friend from their days in South Dakota) to make the Miami bid.

Here's some weird AFL trivia: Ralph Wilson (Bills owner) originally wanted his franchise in the OB as an original 1960 team. He went to Buffalo after not being able to work out a lease.

Yes Cuban, youre correct

Ted, right maybe a ledgend

Disson of course, really one of the ones who destoyed the glades

You guysd have got me going here, lol.

OK, here's a good Joe Robbie trivia question:

What presidential candidate did Robbie work for as head of his Florida campaign effort?

Cuban, didn't know that. Food any good?

Let's see if I can put this in a simple way...If you make hamburgers at Burger King and McDonald's offers you more money to work for them, what are you gonna do? Same rules apply for the NFL. I don't hate JT but I can never cheer on the J-E-T-S!

Hey Kris I was just reading through the posts and saw that you mentioned my name,,,what's up?

COCO, Not sure of the name of that bar but it was wiped out by hurricane Andrew, Been there,Drank there.....Its now a Auto-Zone(Owned coincidentally by Wayne Huizenga)

I was lurking,, as phins78. Another great sunny day of snowboarding on fresh powder at Okemo Mountain in Vermont you humidity loving weirdos! :)

GP had the post of the yeat at 4:28!!

I agree wholeheartedly. Jason Taylor is not only one of the small number of best Dolphins ever, and certainly the best pass rusher (apologies Bill Stanfill) but also a basically good, classy person who was exemplary in the community and always gave back. I have more of a problem for the way the Dolphins treated him (Parcells shipping him off to Washington for Dancing with the Stars on his OWN TIME, the travesty of leaving him hanging that resulted in him signing with the Jets) than the way he has reacted. If he makes the HOF, he will doubtless do it as a Dolphin. I personally wish that he enjoy success against everyone except the Dolphins....including the Steelers. Unfortunately for him I think they will lose on Sunday. I really dont like some of the commentary above .....Show some class people!!!

Oh crap, I forgot that the people who talk about the Dolphins punch out at 5 pm!

Damn Ted, you got me there.

BTW, I thought it sucked Maceys bought out Burdines.

Ok, here's one: Coral Castle ended up in Homestead. Where was the orig location?

Who cares about Jason Taylor how much longer DOES MIAMI LIVE IN THE PAST, THE 72 DOLPHINS, 85 DOLPHINS, DAN MARINO, DUPER, CLAYTON!! MARINO, MARINO, MARINO... WHO GIVE A SHOT!!!!!! PLEASE ENOUGH!!!!!!! 26 YEARS WITHOUT DOING ANYTHING THATS WHATS GOING ON!!! GET REAL PLAYERS, GET REAL TALENT.... REAL DRAFTS AND REAL FREE AGENTS THATS THE BOTTOM LINE... GOING AFTER HIDDEN JEWELS WORKS ONCE IN EVERY 20 ATTEMPTS..... AND THE REASON THE JETS ARE THERE IS NOT BECAUSE OF JASON TAYLOR!! PLEASE GET REAL!!!!!

Leaving for the WFL is still better than leaving FOR THE JETS.

Jets fans are Cro-Mags. I am hoping Karma kicks in leaves them crying their eyes out in bitterness on Sunday. No pack of fans in all of pro sports deserves winning less than Jets fans.

And BTW, I LIVE IN NY. These are my friends and family....and they're still loudmouth idiots.

scrilla51,

The difference is I dont think Burger King customers give a s*hit if you left to accept 10 cents more an hour at McDonald's.

Last I checked they weren't buying season tickets and $100 plus Burger King jerseys, nor paying $100's of dollars to direct tv to watch "Have It Your Way" commercials either. LOL...................

I was almost out NY Scott.....

A week or two ago you posed the question about the Rooney Rule....
as of today we have 4 HC still coaching...and 2 of them are black....50%....

While at the same time black coaches make up a much smaller part of the HC "coaching pie"

I think this helps anser the question you posed about the Rooney Rule

Cocoajoe,

Lived in sofla 30 years, never went to Coral Castle....

Did I miss anything?

OK, gotta run BUT in answer to the two trivia items I posted:

Henry Plant was Flagler's rival on the west coast of Florida. Basically doing the same thing with railroads/resorts at the same time on that side of the state. If you've ever seen the U. of Tampa's beautiful main campus, that's the old "Tampa Plant" hotel.

As for Robbie, he organized Florida for George McGovern in 1972 when he opposed Nixon for president.

Robbie was a lifelong liberal activist and even ran for governor of South Dakota back in the 1940's.

His connection with Danny Thomas came about because both were the sons of Lebanese immigrants.

OK, had a blast doing this. Until next time!!

IHATE GREEN, Actually Id say 80% like the giants more then the Jets.....

Yeah, Cuban. Been back several times and I hardly recognize the place anymore

What some you socalled polital elitest dont realized is that the Republican party was founded on the heels of liberalism. Lincoln was a "Republican" president.

Come'on guys, can you actually realize a Republican President freeing the slaves if it had to happen today? LOL..................

How ridiculous is it that when a coach,gm,VP, pick a qb in the draft that doesn't pan out everyone blames the qb. As in they lost their jobs because this 22 year old kid sucked.

"San Francisco’s Alex Smith – (Unrestricted) This former No. 1 pick teaches a lesson about the risk- rewards associated with missing on a first-round quarterback. But he’s started 50 NFL games, and had a 82.1 QB rating in 2010. However, Mike Nolan, his former coach, will educate this regime about Smith’s shortcomings considering they cost him and Mike Singletary their head coaching job."

WTF? They picked the kid! They were the idiots who picked someone who they thought would be good. The player is trying his hardest but isn't good enough, shouldn't the PROFESSIONALS have known this? Like when they reported "Parcells isn't happy with Hennes lack of development". Really a**holes? Because Parcells is the exact reason why Henne is in Miami so shouldn't he be more mad with himself than Henne? Ridiculous.

Oh,,, ok thanks kris, good points.

Cuban,

The best way to make a dolphin look menacing, is to fill the helment with the haed of, Brian Cox, Marino, Zonka, etc.

Gotta go, fish are biting...

A Brian Cox reference....never thought I would see that on here....I still remember him comming out of the Buffallo tunnel...1 finger salute in all its glory

How can Armando leave that misinformation about Csonka, Warfield, and Kiick up there ALL DAY??

C'mon, man. That's embarrassing!

Roger Goodell now wants to legislate "TRASH TALKING" out of the game. I now believe the entire league will be wearing BALLERINA uniforms well before the Fins ever win thier next SB. Especially if Goodell's still around.

Some of this trivia stuff is pretty cool. I actually knew about Robbie working in the McGovern campaign but had totally forgotten about it.

Thanks guys for the interesting reading

Breed, Taylor will look good in a tutu.........

Utdolfan, depends on your POV, I guess. This guy Ed (some Slavic last name) supposedly built the whole thing...lime rock by himself. The chunks of rock are huge. Got a big rock gate that's so balanced, you can just push on it to get it to swing. It's definitely worth the $8 (I think it was) to see.

Coco, He built it for a chick that he had the hots for and never saw her again...., It's a story all of us could tell, Unfortunately we move on, this guy could'nt, If it was in today's world the B!tch would have taken out a restraining order on the poor guy..,

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY DEMOCRATS WILL SIT NEXT TO REPUBLICANS IN THE STATE OF UNION ,THEY WILL BE SITTING IN A MIXED SETTING IN HONOR OF THE ARIZONA CONGRESS WOMAN GILLFORD WHO GOT SHOT LAST WEEK .


What's your point aloco??????

You don't get the point? It's a show of unity

CUBAN ,

DID YOU SEE THAT GUY WHO'S NAME IS(( NERVES )) GOT ARRESTED IN THAT SWEEP ??

LIL Aloco, You talking about the big FBI arrests up here in the northeast???

MANG ,CUBAN,YES

Armando,

You left out the most important comparison. Dan Marino. He was discarded as well. And he had the choice to pursue a Superbowl with Minnesota. He decided his career and legacy as a Miami Dolphin was more important even though any of us would have rooted for him in Minnesota. But he took one for us. Well, that's how it feels anyway. Classy.

You left out that Taylor had the same choice. But he chose Superbowl with a hated rival over the Miami Dolphins. That was his choice. Marino chose Miami. So congratulations, Jason Taylor. You're a New York Jet.

I don't read Armando very often any more. But every time I do, I see that he's invented another fact.

Maybe I'm just lucky that way, but I doubt it.

screw taylor. go pitt!

MATT, FORGIVE ARMANDO FOR ADDING INVENTED FACTS ,WHO REMEMBERS ?

LIL Aloco, Just like when you turn on the lights the cockroaches come out, turn off the lights the roaches come back out... Capache??

I WENT TO NY TODAY TODAY AND I ATE SOME OUT OF THIS WORLD PASTRAMI SANDWICHES ...MAMA W/MUSTARD AND PICKLED CABBAGE .


14 OZ OF HOT PASTRAMI IN A ROLL .....

CUBAN,

WHY ARE YOU ALWAYS MEAN EVEN WHEN YOU TRY TO BE NICE ,YOU SOUND MEAN ?


I agree with your support for JT. He didn't let the Dolphins down -- they let him down. He is a great athlete and more: he remains a good role model for young people.

No one could hate the Jets more than I (and that's a toss-up with the Patriots!) But I will be rooting for Jason on Sunday!

A #1 Dolphin Fan Always

Blahh blahhh blaming...he should have taken a small pay cut and stayed with Miami...so I will stand my ground to the effect that he is a traitor. The Jets...the stinkin Jets!!! That was just a tasteless horrible move for him. It's a shane because he was a great player with Miami, and this tarnished his name here in south FL. All he had to do was wait another few weeks and Miami would have given him a contract...but no...he got greedy and most importantly he's rich already, he didn't beed to run off to the jets for money, but he did. And in my mind..I don't ever want to see him back here again...go retire a jet you greedy fool!!!

Although I once greatly admired Taylor as our defensive end, I wouldn't even acknowledge his presence if I were sitting next to him on a 12 hour flight to Honolulu.

However, had he went to Pittsburg, and come Sunday, pulled an L.Taylor leg breaker on Sanchez, my respect for him likely would have doubled.

Since this isn't the scenerio, I would have went back to coach, and asked to trade a seat nearest the emergency exit door, with 11 hours and 59 minute until arrival.

Fish are biting, gotta go...

COWKILLA.

GREAT POST @6;18

WHO'S MORE ADMIRED BY FIN FANS;

1- MARINO
2-ZACH THOMAS
3-CHAD.P
4-JASON TAYLOR

CUBAN,

DO YOU LIKE PAN CAKES ? I LOVE PAN CAKES.

In case some of you idiots weren't paying attention, JT did not desert the Dolphins.The Big Tuna twice dissed him and would not talk contract with him. I am a huge Steelers fan and have been for over 50 years. Of course I am pulling for the Steelers to win the Super Bowl. But blaming JT for playing for the Jets when the Dolphins did not want him is completely ridiculous. Get a brain people, and make sure you know what you're talking about before you open your mouth. Yes, I want the Steelers to win. But I wish the best for Jason Taylor. The man gave his all to the Dolphins, and they just discarded him like garbage. He deserves much better from all of us.

cowtippa...MIA was did NOT have an offer on the table, and wanted him to wait until AFTER the draft. The JETS meanwhile wooed him, offered him a large contract (which was irrelevant), and showed him they WANTED him. Which we DID NOT. There was nothing in one hand (Even though he repeatedly stated he wanted to be here), and in the other hand was a large contract and a team that wanted him. There was no guarantee had he waited it out that EITHER offer would be on the table.

I can't fault JT. I CAN FAULT THIS FRONT OFFICE!

Jimmy, do you admire JT ?

The Dolphins defensive numbers were better WITHOUT Taylor. They needed to get younger in that spot and have successfuly replaced JT as a pass-rusher with both Wake and Misi (and possibly Odrick going forward).

I don;t really care about JT anymore. Miami has made a lot of mistakes, but going forward without Taylor was NOT one of them.

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