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Miami Dolphins: Playmakers desperately wanted

One of the problems for the 2010 Miami Dolphins was they didn't have enough playmakers making, wait for it, big plays.

The offense lacked pass plays that blew the top off the defense. The offense lacked run plays that turned second-and-seven from their own 30 into a 70-yard run.

The special teams lacked punt or kick returns touchdowns. The special teams lacked blocks of the other team's kicks. The special teams, instead, gave up several of those plays.

Even the defense lacked interceptions. Or strip sacks returned for touchdowns.

On that last note, enter the addition of Jason Taylor.

The Dolphins signed Taylor as a reserve pass-rush specialist to help Cameron Wake and Koa Misi put the kind of pressure on quarterbacks that turn into turnovers. So that explains why Miami made the move.

Why did Taylor come back to the Dolphins? In my column in today's Miami Herald, Taylor talks about how he could have returned to the Jets because that door was opened to him. But he explains the reasons he left a team that seems better situated to make a run at a ring to come to a team that seems less prepared for a title run.

Taylor also tells you why he does not dismiss the Dolphins chances of competing for a title ahead of the Patriots or Jets.

By the way, back to the playmaker search, the Dolphins will be scrimmaging this afternoon around 2 p.m.

Dolphins coach Tony Sparano hopes calling today's work a scrimmage will turn up the heat on some "practice players," who perhaps need a little motivation to show out for coaches and might not think a practice is necessarily a time to do that.

Yes, there will be live blog coverage of the scrimmage. So please come back then and please check out my column in the meantime.