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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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JASON TAYLOR didn't add any thing to the jets team ,the tuna was right not signing him . why we always talk about old and washed out players .

How can anyone actually root for Taylor?

I agree with Cowkiller, blah, blah, bullsheet!

Taylor is a jet, that makes him the enemy, Duh!

If he gets a sack and it helps the jets win, it hurts the Phins.

If he gets a tackle, it helps the jets and hurts the Phins. Hello you tools, their our Division Rival.

Rooting for the has been in any way, shape or form, is the exact same as rooting against the Phins, period.

JT is a jet, that means, by definition, he's a SCHMUCK!!!!

ANYBODY that roots for this schmuck is a SCHMUCK!

Actually at this point, the better the Jets do it actually helps our team. They'll have a lower pick and a tougher schedule.

Marc,

You've got a point, but I still disagree.

Winning the AFC Championship and maybe the Superbowl would be a major "cohesive" confidence "BUILDER" that could hurt us more in the long run.

If you're not buying that, then I'll just say, their the jets, they DESERVE to lose,

CHINA BABY LAUGH AND CLAP!! CHINA BABY MAKE HAPPY NOISE AND DANCE!! CHINA BABY EAT MOON CAKE!!

Yeah Marc but if he waited until after I bet he would have gotten a contract with us..but that just proves the money aspect of things. JimmyJ...we do know what we are talking about fool! It was a waiting game and JT went for the money in the now. So bubkus to you Jimmy you fool!
I do think he would have been decent opposite if Wake for one more year but who really cares at this point.. He's a jet and gets no love from me period. It was his choice to bolt early before he got an offer Jimmy, so you sound like the fool!

Anyway we need to focus on where we are going now as a team..Hey Mando..how about interviewing some current Fin's players and not looser deserters that play for the stinkin jets! How about a story about the state of our team and what our future holds. How about a report of what is going on "now" at Miami HQ's...instead of an interview of you man crush JT...face it he's gone, if you cannot accept that why don't you move to NJ and cover the stinkin jets!

Not only no, but h-e double hockey sticks NO!

JT can eat it along with the rest of Jets nation. He is a traitor and should be treated as such.

WHEN ARE WE GOING TO STOP TALKING ABOUT JT ?

WHAT ABOUT INTERVIEWING THE REAL DOLPHINS;

WAKE
DANSBY
CHAD HENNE
DAVIS
BESS

ALERT...... MIKE SHULA ,DAN SHULA'S SON HAVE BEEN HIRED AS THE PANTHERS QB COAH .HE WAS JAX QB COAH .

Check my last post Aloco my friend, I asked Mando to move on

Cowtippa...I'm headed to Heathrow tonight...

I still disagree. The old saying "A bird in the hand is better than two in the bush" applies here.

JT was basically begging for a CHEAP contract which we wouldn't offer, and the Jet's were begging for him. I find it hard to believe that any of us wouldn't have made the same choice.

And still the Jets could have drafted a LB and after we drafted Misi he could have ended up unemployed.

EIther way, I agree it's a moot point.

JimmyJ, one last thing...this is a blog, full of opinions...you attack those opinions put you in the wrong and makes you look a fool. You don't have to get so angry over an opinion man...just sayin...

Mando needs to get with "today's" issues. He's just stuck on his man-crush JT lol

True true it is moot my friend Marc. Cool man, me and friends will be in Heathrow drinking tomorrow night for my birthday, so we will not see you tonight my friend.

Marc, you going to Dexter's or Liam's or something like that?

COW.

I WONDER WHY DOLPHIN PLAYERS DON'T GO ON ARMANDO'S SHOW ?

I LISTEN TO SHOW AND HE ALWAYS GETS THESE OLD PEOPLE IN THERE AND WASHED OPUT PLAYERS .

My BDay is Monday actually. Probably Dexter's or Tilted Kilt. Haven't decided yet. Just meeting up with a broad over there.

Odinseye...Whats up man, how have you been?
Question for you. It doesn't involve the Phins, but your beloved Wolverines. Have you heard anything about Tate Forcier transfering to the University of Montana? It was just on the local news here..Do you know anything about this. Hope you have been well. How's the family?

Tilted Kilt?

Some broad?

Check the Adam's Apple....................

Tilted Kilt is full of hotties actually. It's like a Hooters, but, the chicks wear Catholic school girl outfits...

Darryl,

Getting ready for Two of my sons to move in at the end of the month.

The only thing I know for sure is that Robinson's staying.

I don't know how that affects Forcier's intentions, but it was believed that both would be staying.

I wouldn't blame him if he transfers, but I'm hoping he stays.

PS: How are you guys doing in Montana? We just got three days of lake effect snow off of Superior. Borderline blizzard.

Marc,

Catholic school girl outfits, NICE!

A classical standard if I do say so myself...........................

Armando you should know your history really dude, after all you are a sportswriter, Csonka and them were on the team you really messed up here, look I love Jason Taylor but I HATE THE JETS SO I HOPE THEY LOSE AND THEY WILL YOU MUST HAVE BEEN DRINKING WHEN YOU WROTE THIS COLUMN, I FORGIVE THOUGH, WHAT THE HELL IF THE JETS WIN IT ALL THERE WILL BE A SMALL VERY SMALL PART THAT WILL BE HAPPY FOR JASON , HE WAS A GREAT PLAYER FOR THE DOLPHINS, AND WE HAVE SEEN HOW SMART THEY ARE RIGHT?

Cuban ah, I remember the story now. Guy was heartbroken and for some reason built Coral Castle. And you're right, we all do stupid things over women.

DC, why all the hate? I sort of liked you but if you want to see what real Dophin fans are like, come up to the 400. We send jet fans back home cryin

Cool man, yeah Tilted has some good chicas over there...
Aloco.. I wonder the same thing bout Mando's show...what's up with that? Mando please explain....

COWKILLA,

TO BE ON ARMANDO AND HIS MIDGET SHOW;

YOU GOT TO BE 40 YEARS OR OLDER AND DUMB ENOUGH TO NOT KNOW WHAT ARMANDO MEANS BY HIS QUESTIONS

Odin...Great news(your sons) I would imagine youre a great dad. It has been brutal here. It is snowing like it did in the mid 90's I think at one of the snotell sights we are already over 250 inches, and it is only mid January. Local news confirmed that Forciers parents were in Missoula, but Schools cannot announce transfers until the spring session starts next week. They also said that Monatana was high on the list because Forcier wouldn't have to sit out a year. This would be a huge pickup for the Griz. We are having the same quarterback issues as the Phins..lol.

MIKE DEE ON HENNE TODAY....

(( NO BODY IS GIVING UP ON HENNE ,ROSS IS LOOKING FOR DAN MARINO'S DAYS AND WE ARE LOOKING FOR QB TO FILL THAT VOID )))))))))

FARGO , ND IS WORST THAN MONTANA WHEN IT COMES TO SNOW .

ALoco..Not even close. Cooke City Montana(My home town) averages more the 400 inches of snow each year. That is in town not even in the mountains. Elevation 7600 feet. You can google it if you want. There are also web cams that kind of suck but gives you an idea of the pileup of snow.If you Click on the Sinclair web cam you can see my bar(If the web cam is on)Miners Saloon.

I JUST GOOGLED MINORS SALON AND THE I GOT THE REVIEWS FOR YOUR PPLACE PEOPLE ARE SAYING NICE THINGS...BACK TO COOKE CITY,TO LEARN SOME THING USEFUL .

ONE REVIEW ABOUT MINORS SALON ,,,,, (( IT'S OUR FIRST TIME IN MINORS SALON ,I WISH WE DINED HERE EVERY NIGHT )))

Here is the problem with rooting for JT the Jet. Jets fans are almost as obnoxious as Patriots fans. The Patriots were losers for a long time. The Jets have been losers since SBIII.

One of my biggest blunders was actually rooting FOR the Patriots against the Rams, thinking that at least the Super Bowl would belong to the AFC East (kinda like rooting for the ACC because the 'Canes are part of it). Then PatFan turned into the obnoxious fans they are now. All we hear is how the Patriots are Gods gift to football, and that The Hoodie is closer to Sainthood than the Pope.

Now, if the Jets won a Super Bowl, how do you think Jets fans will react? Dolfans would never hear the end of it, how JT wasted much of his career in Miami, but as soon as he went to the Jets, he won a Super Bowl.

I have learned from my past transgressions and will not be rooting for the Jets in this game or in the Super Bowl, should they make it.

I don't blame JT for leaving. He basically was told to get out. If he was with the Steelers, I would be behind him 100%. But with the Jets...well, in this case, I'm still behind the Steelers 100%.


Yeah, but Csonka, Warfield and Kiick helped give us a couple championships. Jason Taylor was not in a championship-winning team with us.

And it's possible he could win one now with a rival?

I don't think history will remember Taylor as much a Dolphin as it remembers Csonka, Warfield and Kiick.

JASON TAYLOR WAS WITH US WHEN WE HAD THE RECORD BREAKING YEAR OF 1-15

COWHER THE HYENA JUST PICKED THE JETS TO WIN THEIR GAME VS HIS OLD TEAM THE STEELERS ........... HE;S MADE THE STEELERS ARE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL /

You loser DolFans should be grateful the Jets are in the AFC Champ Game AGAIN. At least you have a reason to watch the game. When was the last time your awesome franchise was in the Championship game? JOKE

Lots of interesting Florida history trivia here tonight. Thanks to all specially Ted.

Taylor or no Taylor, former Dolphin or no former Dolphin. No true Dolphin fan can or will ever root for the Jets, Pats, or Bills. We are not programed that way as humans. A rivalry goes so much farther then one single player. A rival is an enemy, and no one can honestly and wholeheartedly root for their rival, no matter the tiniest inner desire to pass a good luck to a former player. It can't be allowed, without forever losing a piece of what a true fan is.

Anyone who calls JT a traitor does not understand modern football. Tony did not want JT enough to make any commitment to him. If your job would not commit to pay you for your efforts you would take your talent elsewhere. That is all JT did, after he asked for a contract with the Phins and was willing to take a modest amount of cash. He was pushed out the door.

While I can't wish for a SB Ring for the Jets, if JT ends up with one...good for him, and I will always welcome him back for all his years of great play and effort in a Miami uniform.

Oh, and I am old enough to remember how those stars in the 70's ripped my heart out when they left our team. They left on their own, JT was not given a choice.

I wonder(if it is true) how Mr. Cowher came to that decision?

JC,

I for one am very glad the wets are in the AFC East.

You guys have made us look like champs since you came into the league.

You pretty much have been perrenial doormats for us.

Even now, we took what, 4 of the last 6 or something like that.

Thank for being such good losers JC,

Well, Facepalm, when two of our Division rivals meet, is a free for all. I rooted for the Jets last week because among other things I don't like Bill Belichik's attitude.

Rusty,

Your applying a lot of revisionist history trying to justify a moot point. Talk about "stretching it". JT had a choice, he let his ego and greed make it for him.

The fact is, he's just another dime a dozen. He's no different than a Bart Scott-LaDanlian Tomlinson.

He had a choice without a doubt and he chose the wets over the Phins. You can worship his crap all you want, no TRUE Dolfan could or would.

Ah, yes. Mrs Reno looked, well, you know, I mean, kinda rough.

oscar canosa,

That is true to a certain point. I for one went for the Pats last week with the intention of rooting against them this week. The sooner the Jets lose the better imo. But I wasn't truly going for either one. I hated seeing both of them there last week. Pats fan have been getting humble pie shoved down their throats the last few years so they have sorta mellowed somewhat. Contrary to some popular beliefs, the Jets fans are far worst then Pats fans.

Jets fans blow their team up like a raft in the middle of the desert, in other words no reason to. And it's never ending, from one year to the next, one thing is certain in the NFL every year, Jets fans will mouth off to anyone within ear shot of how great their team is. Pats fans on the other hand just gloated, which also became old very fast, but gloating when you can and bragging when there hasn't been anything to brag about in 30+ years is a whole different story.

Jason Taylor and his Green and White Uniform can go go F himself. As a Fin fan right now I really don't care.

THAT was harsh bobby .

scarface , the original movie on tcm

Love JT, hope he gets his ring. He served us well.

Having said that we still have positions to fill. We have move to make and the draft. One good QB out of this draft would be a major plus. Not interested in VY or McNabb. Any thoughts?

Anybody out here come on alaco or bobbyd

The only way JT is getting a ring is if he sells his soul to satan in Little Nicky 2. The devil did say he was a Jets fan right? Its ok Dan, get that emmy.

bobbyd is a right wing triple k buttwhole surfer. sick dude that guy.

jets will be sent home on sunday and JT will be retired .

WHY DO I FEEL SOMEBODY IS TALKING TO HIMSELF?

bye jason............
thanx for the memories

SAD TO SAY I HOPE JT WINZ ONE.

I ALSO HOPE THEY HAVE THE SMARTS TO KEEP CHAD.

HIS SECOND YEAR AND WE HAVE THE 9TH PASSING TEAM IN THE LEAGUE.

I KNOW THAT DOESN'T MEAN SQUAT WITH THE TURNOVERS BUT I STILL THINK HE'S ON THE RIGHT PATH.

I ALSO HOPE THEY GET RID OF CROWDER BARKS WORST THAN HIS BITE.

I HOPE THEY KEEP MISI AND WAKE. MISI KIND OF GREW ON ME. I LIKE THE WAY HE PLAYED IN THE LAST FEW GAMES.

I HOPE THEY RESIGN BIG PAUL I WAS THE ONLY ONE DURING THE DRAFT THAT FELT HE WAS OUR GUY.

I HOPE THEY TAKE MORE CHANCES DOWN THE FIELD AND WHEN THEY DO CHAD DON'T UNDER THROW THE WIDEOUT BY 5 YARDS AND IT GETS PICKED OFF.

OR FOR THAT MATTER OVERTHROW HIM THAT IT GETS PICKED OFF. HE DONE BOTH.

I HOPE WE GET SOME O-LINE STABILITY.

I ALSO HOPE ROSS SELL SOME SHARES TO BIRDMAN.

LITTLE WAYNE, DRAKE, AND NIKKI DOING HALFTIME SHOWS.

SOUNDS GOOD TO ME.

Is it my imagination or is this organization ommitted to only getting worse? Is anyone in the FO in touch with reality?

JC..don't even start comparing the stinkin jets with Miami...why don't you go look at the trophies and stuff Miami had won and compare it to the jets hardware...the jets are not even in the same league as Miami. So the jets had a couple decent years recently..so what, where's your SB ring you queen?? The jets have always sucked and always will JC. Do a little homework and you'll see you just don't stack up you looser! Your team is old too, so enjoy it while you can, in two more years you guys will suck again..and guess what JC...Miami, Buff, and NE will be above the jets for years to come...your a fool trying to compare teams, and you know nothing...

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