Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Jason Taylor Needs to Wake Up

Jason Taylor needs to wake up. As earlier posted on TSFFB here , there is an apparent feud brewing between JT and Bill Parcells. The Tuna is upset over Jason Taylor missing out on the voluntary offseason workouts that are going on.

Let's look at things from Bill's side. You are Bill Parcells. Your team had the worst record in the NFL last season. You are the new "executive vice-president of football operations" of said team. You have a new coach, Tony Sparano, who has never been a head coach before at this level. Sparano was hired because of his widely recognized ability to get along with players and develop young talent. You don't have to be the players' friend, because you aren't their coach. You aren't their sitter. You are there to build a team up from the bottom of the NFL barrel. You have been shopping your aging captain, Jason Taylor, hoping to get more young talent in return. Unfortunately, you received little to no attention from other teams. Then, said captain leaves your young team for a reality dancing show on network TV during an offseason that his leadership is needed more than ever before. There are no other leaders, no other faces to look up to. One day, said captain "pops in" for a visit to say hi to teammates, and decides to come in to your office while you are studying tape. Would you welcome him with open arms?

Now clearly, from a human relations standpoint, Bill Parcells has a lot to learn. Could he have handled it better? Of course. But does he have a right to be peeved? I certainly think so. Emmit Smith and Jerry Rice had great careers on "Dancing With the Stars," but they were retired. Jason Taylor is the face of the Dolphins, the leader of a 1-15 team trying to take a good draft class and prepare them for a long season. He can't dance around his responsibilities.

5 comments:

ASponge said...

Compelling response. I see how the blame falls on Taylor too, but Parcells has a history of turning these little squabbles into media whirlwinds. Parcells is 80% at fault to me.

Stanley C. said...

Very true. His history with "that player" doesn't help his cause. I just think the media loves controversy, and it has a way of following Parcells. Taylor went to the media on this one, I have yet to hear or read Parcells' reaction to this.

FloridaPanthers4ever said...

I think a trade should have been made at the draft. With who tho? I feel that the Niners had a perfect situation. They should have traded their 29th overall pick for Taylor and the dolphins 1st pick in the 2nd round.

But thats just me!

E.J. said...

Bill Parcells has a right to be peeved. But grown men handle the things that peeve them much more maturely than that. Parcells acted like a petulant child.

The lowest form of respect that you show someone is to acknowledge their existence and deem them worth talking to. Parcells couldn't even show JT that lowest form of respect. That makes him a fairly pitiful figure in my book, at least in regards to this incident.

Finsfan in CT said...

"FloridaPanthers4ever said...
I think a trade should have been made at the draft. With who tho? I feel that the Niners had a perfect situation. They should have traded their 29th overall pick for Taylor and the dolphins 1st pick in the 2nd round.

But thats just me!"

Do you HONESTLY think that is a positive trade for Miami? Trade JT to move up from 32 to 29? They could get more for TE Martin than that!

Miami should have used JT to either move up in the round to get a WR (like Sweed) or for a conditional 2009 pick.

NOW, we are lucky to get anything for him because trading him at the deadline, means (a) JT is having a great year and trading him would draw the ire of fans. or (b) having an okay year and won't bring much in trade.

Both men are at fault for this situation. JT needs to realize that Parcells doesn't need to kiss his butt to respect him. Besides, he doesn't need to get along with Tuna..He needs to have the respect/communication with Sparano. HE is his coach!

Parcells needs to realize that JT doesn't need Miami now that Hollywood is calling. His trade value is going down by the minute and probably only plays another year. Kiss up, make nice and get him to a contender.

The Fans want it!
The Owner wants it!
The Player wants it!

The ONLY person that doesn't benefit is Parcells. He gets to keep Taylor, make the team look better in his first year and piss off the media, fans and players! JUST THE WAY HE LIKES IT! :)