Taylor sounds off
Dolphins DE Jason Taylor, speaking on a conference call with New England reporters today, was frank when discussing the state of his 0-6 team.
"I thought last year when we were kind of a sexy pick for the Super Bowl and whatever, I thought it was still very premature for people to be thinking that we were going to be that good because we won a handful of games at the end of the previous season. I knew we would have some issues last season. I didn’t think we would be as bad as we were, but do I think we’ve taken a step back? Yes. I think we have," Taylor said.
"Everyone is afraid to use that term 'rebuilding'. Everyone wants to put different terms on it and call it different things, but fans and players and people in general can see through all of that, that façade and see what it really is. At this point, we’re in a rebuilding stage and sometimes to rebuild I think you have to tear down before you build up. I know every team reloads or retools or whatever you want to call it every off-season, but some need more than others. Obviously I know the situation we’re in now. It’s very clear and easy to see where we are and I’m not going to tiptoe around that, nor do I like that. The Patriots are going in one direction and we have gone in the other and it’s very disappointing."
TV NOTE: Sunday’s CBS doubleheader game featuring the New England Patriots (5-0) at the Dallas Cowboys (5-0) was viewed by 29.1 million fans -- ranking as the most-watched game on an NFL Sunday since Dallas-San Francisco on Nov. 10, 1996 (29.7 million viewers on FOX). The New England-Dallas game topped the week’s second-most watched show by more than nine million viewers (CSI, 19.8 million viewers) and is the most-watched show of this TV season.