Parcells is oppor(tuna)istic shipping Taylor to Skins

An'dre TriplettCorrespondent IJuly 21, 2008

The soap opera that was the Jason Taylor and Bill Parcells show is over in Miami.

The Miami Dolphins traded Jason Taylor to the Washington Redskins for two picks.  The Skins' received Taylor in exchange for sending away next year's second-round pick and 2010's sixth-round pick.

Bill Parcells was opportunistic in shipping Taylor to the Redskins as it seemed like Taylor had worn out his welcome in Miami by not showing up for off-season workouts in lieu of "Dancing with the stars".

The writing was on the wall in Miami that Taylor's days were numbered as the team drafted two defensive ends (Phillip Merling, 2nd round/Clemson & Kendall Langford, 3rd round/Hampton) in this year's draft.

The Redskins replace a solid DE in Phillip Daniels, who hurt his knee on the first day of training camp and is finished for the season, with Jason Taylor who put up solid numbers (11 sacks) last season while playing on a team that finished 1-15.

A thing to look for with Taylor and the Skins will be how well he adjusts to pass rushing off the left side as he will likely start in place of Daniels as Andre Carter starts on the right side. 

Washinton gets the 2008 NFL Man of the Year in Taylor, a player who has started every game in the last eight seasons, had 11 sacks last year while being the Dolphins' lone Pro Bowl representative, and has 117 career sacks.

The Redskins' defensive coordinator, Greg Blache, will likely simplify some of the defensive schemes to take advantage of Taylor's ability. With the addition of Taylor, the Redskins have positioned themselves to contend for the NFC East title. 

The Dolphins have now proverbially killed two birds with one stone by trading away a player who no loner wanted to be with the organization and added more draft picks which will help the team in the future.  Taylor leaving signals the end of the "old guard" in Miami now that he and former teammate Zach Thomas (signed with Dallas) are gone. 

Jason Taylor may help the Redskins more than Daniels did last year as he is able to shed blockers quickly which will create havoc for opposing backfields and in turn will help the secondary.

Bill Parcells played the game the right way by not saying anything to the media and keeping everything "in house" regarding Taylor.

The Redskins had to pay to get a guy they needed but the price may end up being a bargain should they make the NFC Championship and compete for a ticket to the Superbowl.