Dolphins' season cursed?
Q: What do you think about your team staying on the West Coast for the week after playing last week in Seattle? Taylor: It's a little different. It's like being at a Bowl week or something. I've never been to Bowl, but I imagine this is what it is like. It saves you a lot of wear and tear as far as travel is concerned. I guess at the end of the day, it's good that we are doing it. It is difficult to be away from your families. I hate not being able to see my wife and kids. But like I said, we'll make it work and get ready to play Sunday. Q: Have the Dolphins made an effort to replicate normal routine? Taylor: Yeah, it's pretty much the same. Practice time was a little bit different. I think we tried to beat the whole traffic situation going back and forth from practice. It's actually been good. We practice early in the morning and get done with it. As far as meetings and all that is concerned, it's pretty much the same routine. So, we should be fine there. Q: How difficult has this 1-9 season been for you? Taylor: It's very difficult. I never experienced anything like this in my professional career. We used to win a lot of games and have a chance to make the playoffs and obviously that is not in the picture now and that is tough to deal with. But, you need to be a professional. There is still an opportunity every week to go out there and compete and play the greatest game on the planet and play with some of the greatest guys in the world that I am playing with now. It's very difficult. It's tough losing like this, but we've endured and we are going to fight through it and get better. Q: Does it almost feel like the Dolphins season has been cursed? Taylor: Well, it seems that way because it has. It certainly has. Like you said from the very beginning with David Boston, Ricky (Williams), the hurricanes and everything. You name it, it has happened to us. We have had to deal with it and we've had to deal with it all in a short period of time. It's not like it has been over a couple of years, but this whole thing has been within four or five months. They say when it rains it pours, and it is pouring right now on us. But, like I said, we'll hang in there and overcome. Q: How is the state of your defense? Are you still taking pride in it? Taylor: Yeah, we do. We played pretty well at times this year and really have given ourselves a chance to win every game except for the game up in New York on Monday night. We kind of got blown out there. Every other game we've had a chance to win and we've played well defensively for the most part. We got a lot of guys that are out and aren't playing and that are nicked up. That is a testament to the kind of guys that we have and the talent we have over there and we'll continue to play that way. We've got a bunch of guys plugged in that are doing a great job. We're trying pick up the slack where we've lost some starters, Hall of Famers and all that. Q: What are some of your thoughts about what's going on with the 49ers? Taylor: They're in the same situation as us. They've lost a lot of games and have had chances to win a lot of games and haven't. Teams sometimes have to learn how to win and I think they are obviously in the same situation as we are. They are dealing with so many mistakes, costly penalties, turnovers and it has kind of bitten them in the butt. I know they are trying to overcome and I know we're trying to overcome, but they are still a football team that can beat anybody on any given day. Q: What's your feelings about going up an offensive line that is struggling like as much as San Francisco's? Taylor: We feel good about our chances every week no matter what line we play. Whether it be what people say is the best line in the league or the worst line in the league, we always like our chances to win. That is the pride we take in our unit. We like our chances, we like the match-ups, but just rolling the ball out there and playing isn't good enough. You need to go out there and bring your best game. They are going to try and bring their best.It will be a nice little battle up front. Q: How important is it for you guys to get to Tim Rattay? Taylor: Well, yeah when you see the method of which teams have won against a certain team, you try to duplicate some of those things. It's not just Tim Rattay, it's any quarterback. When you get any quarterback and put some pressure on them and try to rattle them a little bit, they make mistakes. Whether it be Dan Marino, Peyton Manning or Tim Rattay, it doesn't matter who it is. Q: If Ricky Williams came back, how would he be welcomed? Taylor: I don't know. Everybody is different. Everybody has different opinions of the situation. If it happens, then we'll deal with it then, but everyone's reaction is going to be different. Q: Did the team get an emotional boost when Jim Bates took over as head coach a few weeks ago? Taylor: Yeah. He helped. Jim is a very energetic coach. He's very fiery. He comes with a lot of emotion and it is contagious. Guys feed off of that. I know the offensive guys who hadn't been around them, it was kind of shock for them and a new thing for them. I think it has really helped them out. We were used to it on defense.
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