what Joe Rose, Dolphins radio color man, likes to say when Jason Taylor makes
one of his usual game-changing plays.
that statement means a little bit more.
Taylor has earned
NFL Defensive Player of the Year recognition, only the third Dolphin to ever be
so honored; Dick Anderson (1973) and Doug Betters (1983) were the others.
Dolphin Nation continues to stew in a sea of anger and bitterness in the wake of
Benedict Saban’s disgraceful departure from the Dolphins, Taylor picks us all
up with pride, just as he always does, “right
award is so well deserved. For the season, he racked up 60 tackles (40 solo),
tallied13½ sacks and probably 100 or so pressures, recovered 2 fumbles and
forced 9 others, intercepted 2 passes for touchdowns, defended 10 passes,
prevented untold number of potential pass receivers to stay at home to help
block, and created general and regular disruption each and every game.
not forget the superb leadership he provides to the other players. No one does
it better than Taylor.
precisely, Jason Taylor is the best defensive player on the planet. He’s the
Dan Marino of this generation. He’s a warrior. And, with this award, he further
strengthens his case as the best defender in Dolphin history.
nobody I've seen that has played anywhere near close to the level that he's
at”, said New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. “He ruins a lot of
games offensively for teams."
as he is affectionately called, surely ruined the Patriots on December 10, just
as Belichick feared he would.
I think, is at the top of his game, which is indicative if you’re being
considered for the player of the year on defense”, marveled ex-officio Dolphin
defensive domo Dom Capers. “I was just thoroughly impressed with the way he
played all year. He was consistent. He impacted games. In almost every game, he
impacted that game and made a big play, which is what great players do. You see
him cause a fumble or sack the quarterback or intercept the ball and score
touchdowns. He did it all.”
Taylor’s been doing
it since being drafted in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft out of AkronUniversity.
Throughout his career, he has averaged almost 11 sacks and 60 tackles per season.
players are consistent each and every season. Taylor is consistent, healthy or not.
stuff considering that he gives up over 50lbs in size to the linemen he
2006, JT passed the 100 sack milestone for his career, an important prerequisite
for serious Hall of Fame consideration. The 2006 NFL Defensive Player of the
Year award adds even more weight to his resume.
every game that he plays, it is just becoming so very clear that he will indeed
achieve enshrinement in Canton
Pope, the venerable columnist for The Miami Herald and a Hall voter, has
already declared that Taylor
is bona fide Hall material. Who would argue otherwise?
for Taylor’s opinion,
he’s always the first to defer credit to his teammates.
great to win it. My name gets to go next to it, but this is an award for, like
I told Vonnie (Holliday), for Vonnie, Kevin (Carter), Keith (Traylor), Jeff
Zgonina, Matt (Roth), David Bowens, Zach (Thomas), Channing (Crowder), Donnie
Spragan, Will Allen, Goody (Andre Goodman), Yeremiah (Bell) and Renaldo (Hill)
in the back end. This is a team thing that I couldn’t do by myself. I’m just
the lucky recipient of making some good plays and getting to stand in front of
you guys more so than them. They do all the hard work and make my job easy.”
perhaps it is more fitting to get the proper perspective from Anderson
as he’s stood in Taylor’s
award is about making plays that make a difference and Jason certainly did that
this year,” said Anderson.
”Doug Betters and I both talked about how Jason has played and that he should
win because he’s a spectacular player. He’s a guy that changes the scope of a
game. When we played, I always believed I was on offense when I was on defense.
I wanted to get my hands on the ball. I wanted to make and cause fumbles.
That’s how the defense makes a difference in the game and Jason does that
better than anyone has ever done with the Miami Dolphins. He really deserves
those you worried that Taylor
might retire soon, you can relax. He thankfully put those rumors to bed this
(the new coach will) have me, I'll be back in Miami,"
Taylor said. "The
day Tom Brady outruns (me), I'll retire but that day's not going to come
goodness for that. More of #99 “on time” is what the Dolphins need and what
Dolfans love to see.