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Jason Taylor talks about retiring, retirement and regret

Jason Taylor doesn't want to make this about him although, of course, it is totally about him.

He confirmed this afternoon what I wrote about in my column this morning and that is he is indeed retiring after Sunday's season-ending game for the Dolphins against the New York Jets.

"Unfortunately this will be my last game as a Miami Dolphin and a professional football player," Taylor said. "I look forward to enjoying this week and soaking it all in the next few days. Obviously, we have a game left to play. So while there will be time for thank yous and good-byes this is not the time. But I will say this will be my last game as an NFL football player so I look forward to it."

Why is Taylor leaving? Obviously he is 37 years old and would be 38 when the 2012 season begins next September. Taylor realizes this is a younger man's game and realizes the Dolphins are going to get younger.

"This organization in the near future is going to make some changes and part of those changes is needing to address some personnel positions and this is the right time for me to go ahead and go and allow this organization to grow and improve," he said.

Taylor spoke from the heart and did admit he leaves the game with one regret.

"If there's one regret I have as an athlete the last 15 years its that I didn't get a chance to bring a championship to Miami and be part of that and help bring it to Miami," he said. "... There's a lot of by-products that come with playing the game -- the fame, the money. But at the end of the day we all want to win. And, unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to do that. As my career comes to an end that's one thing that like so many other great players, I haven't had a chance to do that. That's my one regret."

Any chance he'll ever return? I think there is a chance. But the truth is Taylor intends to pursue a career in the media and television. And he's not going to leave that to chase some end-of-season lark, say, next December. I do leave the door of possibility open should Taylor not be in the media.

But he will be and he puts locks and chains on his door.

"Look, Sunday is my last game," Taylor said. "I'm going to go ahead and walk away -- hopefully healthy ... I'm not even going to leave the door open for any of that stuff. As a matter of fact, I might even change my cell phone number so they can't get me." 

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Odin, Shula sucked as a coach since the day he let Marino make his draft picks.

RGIII may become a day 1 one starter wherever he lands. He's a very bright kid.

He still has a year of college eligibility left and will already be graduating at the end of this collegiate academic year.

I understand hoping against hope and talking about a Ditka like Trade Up. I UNDERSTAND it. I don't agree and I don't think anything like that happens.

I mean, we are talking about the King of the Acorn Hunters in Jeff Ireland.

I don't even want to type these next few lines, but, what cha gonna do?

I would bet Money Ireland doesn't pull off any block buster trade ups. On the contrary, I see him trading down, picking up a 2nd and going tackle, linebacker and safety.

Call Me Crazy(I'll just blame it on the booze).

Happy New Year!!!!

The low-down on Tannehill (a compilation of some of scouting reports I've read):

Once the Aggies top WR, converted to QB. Only has 20 college starts at the QB position. Lacks polish and will require a good deal of grooming at the next level. Huge upside in that he has played extremely well relative to his experience at the QB position.

His 6'4" 219 frame is a lean one and he's built more like a WR (which is what he was before converting to QB). Most pro teams will want him to bulk up a little bit and add a good 10-20 Lbs to that frame. At 6'4" he should be playing around 230-240Lbs.

Elite arm strength at the next level. Just a notch below Mallett type arm strength.

Accuracy - has some consistency issues with his accuracy, but respectable given his limited experience. Struggles particularly with accuracy on the deep throws. He has a very nice compact throwing motion and quick release and overall throwing mechanics are good, but struggles with footwork and hip rotation (relies on his big arm) leading to accuracy issues at times.

Athletically gifted QB that can extend the play with his legs. Not a Mike Vick type by any means, think Big Ben/Josh Freeman.

Doesn't have the experience to audible and call plays at the line of scrimmage based on pre snap reads. However, he reads well post snap, keeping his eyes down field and rarely locks onto receivers. Has a tendancy to check down or run rather than going through his progressions.

Big time intangibles in RE to being a winner, multi dimensional athlete, intelligent (3 time all conference academic award winner), and by all accounts an inspring leader on the field.

Tannenhill is a very hard worker and quick learner, and appears to be a natural at the QB position. Given his limited experience at the QB position he will most likely require a solid 2-3 seasons on the bench learning behind a vetran QB.

Seems to me that this guy has a ton of potential...but IMO would be a reach at 8-10 spot.

NYG,

I see zero benifits in RGIII staying. He's won the Heisman, taken Baylor as far as they'll ever go(aint winning a Nat' title), and he's done with school.

RGIII staying at Baylor would be a far greater headscratcher than even Andrew Luck staying last year. At least Luck still needed another full year to graduate.

RGIII is basically finished and will be graduating before the NFL season begins.

Real World -

Agree with pretty much every one of your posts. Glad to see that some fans do in fact live in the real world.

YG @ 4:36 -

Agreed. I think the only reason RGIII hasn't declared, is out of respect for the upcoming bowl game they're playing tonight. I can respect that....focus on the here and now and business at hand.

Did I actually see someone here suggest Barkley staying in school would HELP Miami draft Griffin??

That's not how it works. Barkley staying means that Griffin moved UP in the draft, thus decreasing Miami's odds of landing him with so many other QB-hungry teams out there.

Pretty much Football 101, dude.

Real World,

Read again. Some here have 3rd grade reading levels. I said:

BARKLEY "COMING OUT"

gives Miami better chance to land RGIII.

Pretty much Reading 101, dude.

REAL WORLD ,

YOU SOUND SMAR ,CAN YOU PUT (( BUFFET OF KNOWLEDGE )) IN A SENTENCE ??????



SMART

WHY I FEEL MOST BLOGGERS HERE ARE AT BEST , WORKING AT WAL-MART OR IN A GARAGE OR WORKING FOR MOVING TRUCK COMPANY ?

MARK, THANK YOU FOR ANSWERING MY Q ABOUT (( FURTHER IN DEPTH ))........

JT MY AZZZ

(BUFFET OF ALOCO)

Breed,

I actually liked the idea of Barkley just fine myself. I hear you on the phenom upside on RG111 but I really think that out of the USC Q.B. class of the last 15 years Barkley will be the best Pro of the group which by the way I know isn't setting the bar all that high considering their Pro grades. I happen to have watched enough of him and that team to know he plays with talented people around him but a still very green supporting cast in actuality.

I don't think he gets enough credit for the fact that there has been a significant drop off in the level of talent and that they are all either Fr. or red shirt Sophmores. You know like I do that the WR's must blow alot of routes which he has to adjust to when the protection breaks down and how many free blitzers do you think those vanilla RB's miss??

He plays with alot of poise which I look for when watching an up and coming prospect at the position and has played up to the challenges with some of his better performances in big games. Next Season for him should be even more telling without Kalil (Wasn't that Superman's given name on Krypton?) watching his backside and if he plays through like this year will probably be the 1st guy of the boards in the 2013 draft.

I understand hoping against hope and talking about a Ditka like Trade Up.

I UNDERSTAND it. I don't agree and I don't think anything like that happens. I mean, we are talking about the King of the Acorn Hunters in Jeff Ireland.

I don't even want to type these next few lines, but, what cha gonna do? I would bet Money Ireland doesn't pull off any block buster trade ups. On the contrary, I see him trading down, picking up a 2nd and going tackle, linebacker and safety.

Call Me Crazy(I'll just blame it on the booze). Happy New Year!!!!

odinseye | December 29, 2011 at 04:31 PM

odin,

I really feel this will probably finally be the year you won't need a bottle of booze with other self help medications and bottle of PEPTO in hand to sit through a Dolphin draft. I get the feeling Ireland knowing full well the thin ice he's on will be going the distance on an attempt to move up on one of these Q.B. prospects with a Ross mandate in hand.

I just hope in his attempt he doesn't pull a D.Thomas trade up that hurts the Org. setting us back by a good 5 years in the process. My only miss givings regarding a move would be to see him mortgage a slew of picks for say a BIG ?? like a L.Jones for example.

There is a whole lot of talk about havin a great qb. It's ridiculous. There have been great qbs that neva won a ring. This is still a team game. If u can't run, catch, tackle, or score u lose. I'm a fin for life. Look at all who won a super bowl. There has never been a qb who was so called great qb til he won the sb til peyton won his. Brady wasn't great, he was lucky, brees was talented, farve before he won eas also efficient, not great. Joe Montana before he won his first was a product as well, who wouldn't be great wit rice to throw to. It's timing people. Fins had our shots an blew em. Everybody is expendable.

I miss shula as well. Long as he coached, schelly was I believe, the last of his crew to leave da game. No one left to bring shula days back. Put fins an canes back in the ORANGE BOWL! BETTER DAYS OF FOOTBALL FOR BOTH WERE PLAYED THERE. IT WAS HALLOWED GROUND! NOT THE BUILDING FORMERLY KNOWN AS JOE ROBBIE STADIUM! Since it was built, football for the phins been on the decline.

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