Taylor's Thoughts

One of the most intriguing subplots of Sunday's game against the Jets at Sun Life Stadium is the return to South Florida of longtime Dolphins great Jason Taylor. He spoke to members of the South Florida media on Wednesday about his departure from the Dolphins, as well as the kind of welcome he expects on Sunday night.

Here is what Taylor had to say on various subjects:

On the reception he's anticipating: "I would expect because I play for the Jets that they wouldn't be very happy. Maybe I'm hoping it's just mixed. Obviously everyone wants to be cheered, but I understand I'm on the road team and the bitter rival now, so I wouldn't be surprised to hear boos."

On playing for the Jets: "This is my new chapter in life. I'll find a way to make it work and adjust and it'll be fine."

On life with the Jets: "Everything has been great. The guys have been fantastic, the whole organization. after the first day I haven't felt like an outsider. I'm happy. This is a group that wanted me to be here. I'm excited to be playing ball and be wanted."

On leaving the Dolphins: "The hardest part was the very beginning — leaving Miami and letting go of 12 years of playing in Miami. It wasn't like I was turning my back on anybody."

On whether he would still be with the Dolphins had Bill Parcells stepped down six months earlier: "If you held my hand over a fire to give you an answer, I'd say yes."

On the anticipation of Sunday's game: "I'm looking forward to it in some ways. It's not a very familiar situation for me. I have to keep the emotions in check and approach it as an important game for us. I'm excited to play against the guys I've come to love."

On why he thinks the Dolphins didn't re-sign him: "They probably thought I didn't have any more left and wanted to go in a different direction, and that's their prerogative."

On how he's feeling these days: "It feels good. I'm good. I'm happy. I'm accepted. I'm wanted. I'm having fun. As you get older in this league, you realize your opportunities are winding down and you start to cherish the game more."

On Vontae Davis: "Brett Favre had it right: He's probably the best cover guy you haven't heard of yet. He came in as a young kid, and he's going to do young kid stuff and make mistakes. It's great to see him continue to grow up and mature and play well. I'm happy for him."

On the elbow injury he sustained last week against New England: "I got nicked last week, but I'll be fine. It'll always feel better when it stops hurting."


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