Do you suspend reality or believe the truth?
Why? Well, because that's exactly what we have to do to believe everything that is being said by Taylor and Bill Parcells relative to the defensive end's future with the Dolphins.
To recap: Parcells told me for print in this blog and The Miami Herald that Taylor is not going to be traded or released. He said the only way Taylor doesn't play for the Dolphins in 2008 is if he retires. Fine.
Taylor, in an interview with Sirius Satellite radio, said over the weekend he intends to play in 2008, is under contract with the Dolphins and, "That's where I want to be."
OK, so if we accept everything these two men are saying we have to accept the following:
1. That Bill Parcells is rebuilding the Dolphins in every area, cutting players younger than Taylor, showing no interest in star free agents that are younger than Taylor, bringing in a potential free agent signee (Calvin Pace) who plays the same position as Taylor, but that he intends to keep Taylor.
2. That even if the Dolphins get calls inquiring about a Taylor trade, which a source tells me has already happened from at least two teams, the Dolphins will ignore those calls and the chance to add more high draft picks so they can keep Taylor, as Parcells said. This even though Taylor has maybe two more years left with the Miami.
3. You would have to accept from Taylor that even though he hates losing and has been extremely hurt by the steady decline of the team, he is fine with simply going along with the current plan even as vets are getting cut and no stars are being signed in free agency.
4. That Taylor, contrary to human nature, would not welcome a chance to jump off Miami's sinking ship and get on one apparently sailing toward playoff contention.
Can all of you believe these four things are all true? Do they make sense?
Taylor, as I wrote in a column that I sourced for seven days, would love a chance to play for another team that has a chance to compete. In fact, he prefers that.
And Parcells, a master of building a winner, cannot truly believe he's going to gut a team but do it in an incomplete manner.
You cannot rebuild halfway as Nick Saban and the CamRandy regimes proved. You either go with young players or you don't. You either acquire as many draft picks as you can or you don't. And you don't turn down the opportunity to add early picks on a team going nowhere just so you keep a soon-to-be 34-year-old player whose market value will decline rather than increase as years pass.
I don't believe Parcells is making that error. I believe he will trade Taylor once he gets an offer he's comfortable with -- a low first-rounder or high second rounder. And as for Taylor, I believe he will be excited to death about that trade if it involves a team with playoff possibilities.
If you don't believe those things, then you have to continue suspending reality.