After a heart-wrenching defeat against the Houston Texans, Jason Taylor was asked a simple question about whether or not the Dolphins are losing confidence after an 0-2 start, the teams third such start in four years.
He would pull no punches in his answer, which hit dead on like the punch Victor Ortiz took from Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the fourth round on Saturday Night:
“Yeah, to be honest, we have, not everybody, but I’m sure there’s a faction of the group that’s trying to figure this thing out, figure out where we are. That’s kind of the product of losing sometimes, you start to question, second-guess a little bit, question what you’re doing as a team. And until you win, those things will linger out there a little bit.”
“We’re kind of stuck in mud right now trying to figure out how to get everyone in this room to believe and play like they expect to win.”
There's not much more to say. It is the truth. I saw it after the Dolphins gave up the touchdown in the fourth quarter to Andre Johnson after making it a one-score game, then saw it linger throughout the offense on the ensuing offensive drive.
But the question I have to ask is, why tell the media? Why not confront this issue behind closed doors in the locker room?
If anyone has the right to say it, it's a veteran like Jason Taylor. He was brought into Miami mainly to be a locker room leader that could help out on third down. Taylor himself had a fine day, racking up four tackles (one of them for a loss), and one sack while hitting Matt Schaub three times.
But just because someone can say something doesn't mean that the should, at least not to the media.
There's already more than enough doubt in the Miami Dolphins from the local and national media, as well as within their own fanbase. The one place where there shouldn't be doubt is from within, at least not publicly. Especially when it comes to the younger players.
Good thing is Taylor didn't name names, but no matter how correct he may be (and he's 100 percent correct), it is something that should only be addressed within the locker room, as is a comment like this:
“It’s not coaching, it’s not ownership, it’s not the fans. It’s the players in this room that are doing dumb things and kind of getting in our own way, and until we stop doing that, we’re going to be sitting here with long faces and trying to figure this thing out.”
Again, I don't disagree with JT over any of this (except when he says its not the coaching, as that's 60 percent of the problem, but I can't blame him for putting full responsibility on the players). But the question is, is it worth it to tell the media this?
No, its not, and while he didn't name names nor call anyone out publicly, and as refreshing as his honesty is, the last thing you want to do is feed more doubt into the media and the fans.
The fans can already see what's wrong on the field, we really don't need the confirmation from within.
Thomas Galicia is a Miami Dolphins Featured Columnist who also writes about music, movies, the Miami Heat whenever this stupid lockout ends (and he's praying its soon), the Chicago Cubs, and the WWE. He also knows that most of you will disagree with him on this subject. That's what the comments are for, tell him he's wrong, or if you agree with him, tell him he's right. Then visit www.thomasgalicia.com and follow him on twitter, @thomasgalicia.