Quote of the Week I
"If you want to see the Pittsburgh Steelers, invite us when we don't win the Super Bowl. As far as I'm concerned, he would have invited Arizona if they had won.''
I'm just speechless over that one.
Quote of the Week II
"With all the support from everyone, we will get through this. He will walk again.''
Michelle Behm recently lost her mother. And she just had the couple's third child seven weeks ago. Talk about a challenging time for a family.
Quote of the Week III
"Elvis is back in the building.''
Quote of the Week IV
"I understand that the role I have basically assumes going into Oakland knowing that JaMarcus Russell was drafted to be the starting quarterback there. But I think there has to be some realization at some point as to putting the best players on the field that are you going to give you the best chance to win. Now, if JaMarcus is that guy, then he definitely deserves to be on the field and should be on the field.
"But if for some reason with what I bring as a player, from a competitive nature, and just the intensity and emotion that I bring to the field, and the knowledge of the game that I have ... if that gives us a better chance to win football games, then that decision is going to have to be left up to the coach and hopefully he can make the right decision for the team. Because that's really what it's all about -- it's about the team, it's not about protecting egos, or protecting investment dollars, it's about what's going to give this team a chance to win football games. And honestly, if JaMarcus can be that guy, then more power to him, because that's what he was drafted to do for the team. But it doesn't always seem to work out that way."
You do not bring Garcia onto your team to be a quietly supportive backup. You bring him on your team to be a nettlesome challenge for the incumbent, and to make sure the incumbent flies right. And if the incumbent does not, there's a solid alternative in place.
Tweet of the Week
"I think you had my Browns ranked too high.''
Stat of the Week
I'm like you: I like the Dolphins getting Jason Taylor for one more year at a very reasonable price -- $1.1 million in real money, with $400,000 in incentives. It's a terrific move by the Dolphins. Think of it. They gave up Taylor for one year -- an ineffective, injury-riddled year in Washington -- and got a second-round pick in 2009 and a sixth-rounder in 2010, and then got him to play outside linebacker for them for one year for less than the going rate.
Now, I thought the Redskins were making a good deal last year in getting Taylor. But he got hurt, never was himself in Washington, and then, nobly, chose family over money in going back to Miami for 2009. Taylor could have made $8.5 million this year by being a full-time Redskin in the offseason program; but he wanted to stay close to his South Florida home in the offseason.
With Taylor back in the Miami fold, let's look at the reality of his situation now, compared to other top linebackers Bill Parcells has had in his career. And the reality, these numbers show, is that anything Taylor will give the Dolphins this year will be absolute gravy. Name the last pass-rusher who had a great year at 35. It's not impossible. Reggie White had a 16-sack season at age 36 as a 4-3 defensive end. Kevin Greene, who played a 3-4 outside linebacker most of his career, had 37.5 sacks in three seasons after turning 35. But Taylor will have to prove to the Dolphins he can rebound from calf and plantar fascia injuries to be anything like his 2007 Defensive Player of the Year self, as these numbers of top linebackers Parcells coached either as an assistant or head coach show:
Jason Taylor has played 185 games. He'll be 35 opening day. Miami's two starting outside linebackers in their 3-4, Joey Porter and Matt Roth, combined for 22.5 sacks last year. Two-time CFL defensive player of the year Cameron Wake, who signed a four-year, $4.9-million deal two months ago, had 39 sacks in the last two years up north, and he'll surely find some pass-rush role in Miami. So I'd be surprised if Taylor plays more than 15 or 20 snaps a game ... or some role that gives him the best chance to stay healthy for the season, and a role that gives the younger talent on the Dolphins a chance to mature.
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