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Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor said he'd play for free if the Dolphins went to the Super Bowl and he also continued his unflagging support for sidelined quarterback Daunte Culpepper during a radio interview on 760-AM ESPN today.

Would you agree to play for free if it meant the Dolphins would make the playoffs?

JT: Playoffs, no, Super Bowl, yes. I?ve been to the playoffs before, our goal is not to make the playoffs, it?s to win the Super Bowl. [Our goal is] not to win 10 games or make the first round of the playoffs and see what happens. I get up every day and go to work, to win the Super Bowl, anything less than that is not a success ? in our eyes, the fans eyes and our owner?s eyes.

Would you leave the Dolphins for a better chance of winning a Super Bowl?

JT: It doesn?t cross my mind. There are no guarantees in the league and to leave the team you [entered the league] with and chase Super Bowl dreams somewhere else, there?s no guarantee another team?s going to make it. It can turn around here; New Orleans turned it around quickly last year and was 30 minutes away from the big game. If I made the playoffs somewhere else there would always be a piece of me that felt empty, for not having a chance to do it here for the fans. The way I?ve been received by the community, I would always have a void for not being able to turn it around and get it back to where it?s supposed to be for our football franchise.

Can you win a Super Bowl with the Dolphins?

JT: I truly believe we can, if everyone buys into what we are trying to do, if we all give up bull crap excuses and does what were supposed to do, I know we can win.

At the Dolphins team banquet, why did you make a point to emphasize all the work that Daunte Culpepper has put into coming back?

JT: Because of the heat he?s taking in the media. Daunte Culpepper is my quarterback, Cleo Lemon is my quarterback and [John] Beck is my quarterback. Daunte has received a lot of bad press and he doesn?t deserve it. People are free to write and say what they want, but at the banquet I was in a position to stand up for the man. I see how hard he works and how bad he wants to come back and be successful. I?ve seen stuff in the papers and heard people on the radio say he?s not showing up for workouts, he?s missing rehab, he?s gaining weight, he?s not working hard and a bunch of other crap that couldn?t be further from the truth. I thought it was a good chance for me to stand up in front of everyone when they are all listening and say the man is working, he wants to come back and he?s trying as hard as he can to come back from an injury that nine out 10 people would have never played again after.

He had a very bad knee injury and he?s working his way back, so let?s be patient and give him a chance. We knew last year when he rushed back that he wasn?t 100 percent healthy and the man needs time to heal. Give him a shot and if the team decides to go in another direction, then fine. As far as the media and fans are concerned ? who are kind of ignorant of the situation ? [they] need to take a step back and say, ?This is a grown man, a man who has feelings, who has kids and let?s be careful how bad we trash him.?

What are your thoughts on how the Chiefs are treating Trent Green?

JT: I think the Chiefs are being a little ridiculous in what they are trying to do, but one thing is for sure: time waits for no man. June 1st is coming up and the Chiefs and the Dolphins know that if it?s going to work out it will. He?s not part of our team right now, the guys I said earlier [Culpepper, Lemon, Beck] are our quarterbacks and that?s who I?m ready to go to battle with.

Does it matter who the head coach is, as long as Dom Capers is your defensive coordinator?

JT: Yeah it does. We have an offensive-minded coach and we need to score more points and be more efficient offensively. With Dom being retained as defensive coordinator it creates continuity and we can stay comfortable. We need to tweak a few things and throw some new wrinkles in. Defensively, I think the transition between [Nick] Saban and [Cam] Cameron has been seamless. Offensively, I think it will be a big difference. Cam is calling the plays and has a lot more control over the offense than previous coaches.

Will Ricky Williams ever play another game for your team?

JT: Who really knows, who cares?

Harvey Fialkov

Sun-Sentinel Dolphins beat reporter


http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports_football_dolphins/
 

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JT and Zach need to get a ring ASAP! I think it'll happen within the next two years. :cool
 

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JT and Zach need to get a ring ASAP! I think it'll happen within the next two years. :cool


...as they both are traded to the Patriots.
 

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JT and Zach need to get a ring ASAP! I think it'll happen within the next two years. :cool


...as they both are traded to the Patriots.

The gaytriots ain't gonna win sh*t.
 

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JT and Zach need to get a ring ASAP! I think it'll happen within the next two years. :cool


...as they both are traded to the Patriots.

The gaytriots ain't gonna win sh*t.

The Patriots will win another Super Bowl before the Dolphins even sniff the playoffs. I know your homer-ism has probably has you in denial, but let's face it...
 

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JT and Zach need to get a ring ASAP! I think it'll happen within the next two years. :cool


...as they both are traded to the Patriots.

The gaytriots ain't gonna win sh*t.

The Patriots will win another Super Bowl before the Dolphins even sniff the playoffs. I know your homer-ism has probably has you in denial, but let's face it...

Just cuz they got a bunch of overrated and over the hill recievers this offseason doesn't mean
they're gonna win the super bowl. Our team can be just as good as theirs if we have a
healthy Culpepper or even Trent Green IMO.
 

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JT and Zach need to get a ring ASAP! I think it'll happen within the next two years. :cool


...as they both are traded to the Patriots.

The gaytriots ain't gonna win sh*t.

The Patriots will win another Super Bowl before the Dolphins even sniff the playoffs. I know your homer-ism has probably has you in denial, but let's face it...

Just cuz they got a bunch of overrated and over the hill recievers this offseason doesn't mean
they're gonna win the super bowl. Our team can be just as good as theirs if we have a
healthy Culpepper or even Trent Green IMO.

you may be the only one with that opinion. They had no recievers last year and won 12 games. Dolphins havent made the playoffs in 5 years. The dolphins may be much improved but to say they are just as good as the patriots is foolish.
 

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JT and Zach need to get a ring ASAP! I think it'll happen within the next two years. :cool


...as they both are traded to the Patriots.

The gaytriots ain't gonna win sh*t.

The Patriots will win another Super Bowl before the Dolphins even sniff the playoffs. I know your homer-ism has probably has you in denial, but let's face it...

Just cuz they got a bunch of overrated and over the hill recievers this offseason doesn't mean
they're gonna win the super bowl. Our team can be just as good as theirs if we have a
healthy Culpepper or even Trent Green IMO.

you may be the only one with that opinion. They had no recievers last year and won 12 games. Dolphins havent made the playoffs in 5 years. The dolphins may be much improved but to say they are just as good as the patriots is foolish.

Idk, we usually play well against them and shut them out last yr. Maybe it's just blind
homerism but that's just the way I feel.
 

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JT and Zach need to get a ring ASAP! I think it'll happen within the next two years. :cool


...as they both are traded to the Patriots.

The gaytriots ain't gonna win sh*t.

The Patriots will win another Super Bowl before the Dolphins even sniff the playoffs. I know your homer-ism has probably has you in denial, but let's face it...

Just cuz they got a bunch of overrated and over the hill recievers this offseason doesn't mean
they're gonna win the super bowl. Our team can be just as good as theirs if we have a
healthy Culpepper or even Trent Green IMO.


Overrated and over the hill? Their oldest WR is 30. Stallworth is whatever. Average. Welker isn't overrated. Moss's best days are likely behind him, but you would think that with a QB like Brady throwing to him he's going to improve drastically from his 2 or 3 years in Oakland. The Dolphins can only improve after last season, but to say they'll be up there with the Pats? Not when they don't have the slightest idea about who's going to have their hands under the center's ass.
 

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JT and Zach need to get a ring ASAP! I think it'll happen within the next two years. :cool


...as they both are traded to the Patriots.

The gaytriots ain't gonna win sh*t.

The Patriots will win another Super Bowl before the Dolphins even sniff the playoffs. I know your homer-ism has probably has you in denial, but let's face it...

Just cuz they got a bunch of overrated and over the hill recievers this offseason doesn't mean
they're gonna win the super bowl. Our team can be just as good as theirs if we have a
healthy Culpepper or even Trent Green IMO.


Overrated and over the hill? Their oldest WR is 30. Stallworth is whatever. Average. Welker isn't overrated. Moss's best days are likely behind him, but you would think that with a QB like Brady throwing to him he's going to improve drastically from his 2 or 3 years in Oakland. The Dolphins can only improve after last season, but to say they'll be up there with the Pats? Not when they don't have the slightest idea about who's going to have their hands under the center's ass.

If we have a healthy QB whether it be Culpepper, Green, Beck or Lemon, I think we
could beat them. We have the defense to stop their offense. Our DB's are "meh" but
Taylor and Porter will have Brady on his ass before he can get it off to his recievers.
We should atleast split the season series like we have the past two years.
 

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The dolphins schedule is complete and utter murder this year with 9 away games (which is total crap btw).
I wouldnt be expecting the playoffs this year but never know. I think if we can get solid QB play from someone and the oline continues to improve (Vernan Carey is a nice tackle at the least), then anything is possible if even unlikely.


That said, it only takes one injury to ruin any teams season. If Brady goes down the patriots dont win 5 games. They do have holes on their team that folk seem to ignore (mainly on the defensive side). Are they better then the fins currently? Yes. Do I really care right now? Nope. Every team is 0-0 and every team has a chance till after the first 5 games are played at least.


As for the rest, I cant see Jason Taylor playing on the pats ever, the only place more unlikely would be the jets (hell he even hates the jets fans and city).
 

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JT and Zach need to get a ring ASAP! I think it'll happen within the next two years. :cool


...as they both are traded to the Patriots.

The gaytriots ain't gonna win sh*t.
Your in for a rude awakening.
 
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Why has this become a pats vs. dolphins thing, this post has nothing to do with that. Of course, the Patriots have been better and are better on paper for the upcoming season. But no one knows how things will end up as the games are played.
 

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JT and Zach need to get a ring ASAP! I think it'll happen within the next two years. :cool


...as they both are traded to the Patriots.

The gaytriots ain't gonna win sh*t.

The Patriots will win another Super Bowl before the Dolphins even sniff the playoffs. I know your homer-ism has probably has you in denial, but let's face it...

Just cuz they got a bunch of overrated and over the hill recievers this offseason doesn't mean
they're gonna win the super bowl. Our team can be just as good as theirs if we have a
healthy Culpepper or even Trent Green IMO.


Overrated and over the hill? Their oldest WR is 30. Stallworth is whatever. Average. Welker isn't overrated. Moss's best days are likely behind him, but you would think that with a QB like Brady throwing to him he's going to improve drastically from his 2 or 3 years in Oakland. The Dolphins can only improve after last season, but to say they'll be up there with the Pats? Not when they don't have the slightest idea about who's going to have their hands under the center's ass.

If we have a healthy QB whether it be Culpepper, Green, Beck or Lemon, I think we
could beat them. We have the defense to stop their offense. Our DB's are "meh" but
Taylor and Porter will have Brady on his ass before he can get it off to his recievers.
We should atleast split the season series like we have the past two years.

Are you saying with a healthy QB they are better than the patriots head to head or over the course of a season?
 

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JT and Zach need to get a ring ASAP! I think it'll happen within the next two years. :cool


...as they both are traded to the Patriots.

The gaytriots ain't gonna win sh*t.

The Patriots will win another Super Bowl before the Dolphins even sniff the playoffs. I know your homer-ism has probably has you in denial, but let's face it...

Just cuz they got a bunch of overrated and over the hill recievers this offseason doesn't mean
they're gonna win the super bowl. Our team can be just as good as theirs if we have a
healthy Culpepper or even Trent Green IMO.


Overrated and over the hill? Their oldest WR is 30. Stallworth is whatever. Average. Welker isn't overrated. Moss's best days are likely behind him, but you would think that with a QB like Brady throwing to him he's going to improve drastically from his 2 or 3 years in Oakland. The Dolphins can only improve after last season, but to say they'll be up there with the Pats? Not when they don't have the slightest idea about who's going to have their hands under the center's ass.

If we have a healthy QB whether it be Culpepper, Green, Beck or Lemon, I think we
could beat them. We have the defense to stop their offense. Our DB's are "meh" but
Taylor and Porter will have Brady on his ass before he can get it off to his recievers.
We should atleast split the season series like we have the past two years.

Are you saying with a healthy QB they are better than the patriots head to head or over the course of a season?


Healthy QB play is the key to any teams success (as a Jets fan you should definitely know that 2 of past 3 in playoffs when chad is healthy, top 10 pick when not). That said New England is a much better team on paper then the Fins are.

Even though Miami normally beats them around very often and Brady has himself admitted that JT gives him nightmares more then any other defensive player.


Are you ready for some football?
 

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JT and Zach need to get a ring ASAP! I think it'll happen within the next two years. :cool


...as they both are traded to the Patriots.

The gaytriots ain't gonna win sh*t.

The Patriots will win another Super Bowl before the Dolphins even sniff the playoffs. I know your homer-ism has probably has you in denial, but let's face it...

Just cuz they got a bunch of overrated and over the hill recievers this offseason doesn't mean
they're gonna win the super bowl. Our team can be just as good as theirs if we have a
healthy Culpepper or even Trent Green IMO.


Overrated and over the hill? Their oldest WR is 30. Stallworth is whatever. Average. Welker isn't overrated. Moss's best days are likely behind him, but you would think that with a QB like Brady throwing to him he's going to improve drastically from his 2 or 3 years in Oakland. The Dolphins can only improve after last season, but to say they'll be up there with the Pats? Not when they don't have the slightest idea about who's going to have their hands under the center's ass.

If we have a healthy QB whether it be Culpepper, Green, Beck or Lemon, I think we
could beat them. We have the defense to stop their offense. Our DB's are "meh" but
Taylor and Porter will have Brady on his ass before he can get it off to his recievers.
We should atleast split the season series like we have the past two years.

Are you saying with a healthy QB they are better than the patriots head to head or over the course of a season?


Healthy QB play is the key to any teams success (as a Jets fan you should definitely know that 2 of past 3 in playoffs when chad is healthy, top 10 pick when not). That said New England is a much better team on paper then the Fins are.

Even though Miami normally beats them around very often and Brady has himself admitted that JT gives him nightmares more then any other defensive player.


Are you ready for some football?

HELL YES!

I thought he was saying with a healthy QB the dolphins are just as good as the patriots. Over the course of a season there is no chance that happens (unless brady and some guys get hurt). But if we are just talking head to head, the dolphins have held their own at home vs the patriots over the last 10 years.
 

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