Jason Taylor’s recent pledge to stop giving opinions to reporters might have come a little too late. The Dolphins’ defensive end is quoted in a national magazine this week as saying he doesn’t really have confidence in quarterback Trent Green’s ability to take a hit after missing eight games last season due to a serious concussion.
In a profile on Taylor in this week’s Sports Illustrated, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year is quoted as saying about Green: “This is off the recordâ€”oh, what the hell, it’s on the record: He’d better not get hit. One big hit, and he could be scrambled eggs.” However, Taylor, who returned from London on last night after helping team management promote the Oct. 28 game at Wembley Stadium against the Giants, told Dolphins spokesman Harvey Greene that the quote was taken out of context. “I talked to Jason,” Greene said. “[Taylor told me] the quote is garbage. It was taken out of context.”
The interview was given before June 5, the day the Dolphins traded with the Kansas City Chiefs for Green, who suffered a severe concussion in the season opener against the Bengals. Taylor, who recently admitted having a, “couple of concussions” himself, said at minicamp on June 8 that reporters tend to exaggerate his opinion, particularly his draft-day, knee-jerk negative reaction regarding the Dolphins selection of returner/receiver Ted Ginn Jr. over quarterback Brady Quinn.
Taylor, who has since softened his stance on the Ginn selection, said recently that Green is a, “good quarterback,” but … “They figured out a way to get Trent Green because they think he’s going to be good for this system,” Taylor said on June 8. “We know he’s a good quarterback, and we’ll see how that translates in September. It’s easy to run around when you can’t hit each other. You kind of just play patty-cake and all that. You got to put the pads on and play the game to see their true colors.” Green, 36, who has been given complete medical clearance from several neurologists and has been told there would no lingering effects from his first concussion, was unavailable for comment.