Dolphin Insider Alain on Jason Taylor

Dolphin Insider Alain thinks the Jets made a good move signing Jason Taylor, and here is his analysis -

OK, so Jason Taylor isn't quite the player he was when he earned NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2006, but that's to be expected considering the fact he's now 35 years old. It also doesn't mean he's not still productive. Taylor may not have been a difference-maker for the Dolphins in 2009, but he still made his share of plays. He finished with seven sacks (tied for second on the team), an interception, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery (which he returned for a touchdown against the Jets).

Fact is, he probably had a better season than Joey Porter. And did it a lot more quietly.

In addition, Taylor played at strongside linebacker, where he was asked to take on the tight end. It's not a role for which he's best suited, so who knows what he could do at weakside linebacker.

The feeling is that Taylor, if used properly, clearly could reach double digits in sacks and come up with some game-changing turnovers like he always has.

Just about everybody who covers the Dolphins is mystified as to why the team has decided it can do without Taylor when he's still better than any other outside linebacker on the roster. Sure, his career is winding down, but there's no reason to think he can't be productive for another year, maybe two.


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