Dolphins' Parcells denies 'rift' with Taylor

For weeks, Bill Parcells has been hearing plenty about his feud with Jason Taylor.

Parcells says it doesn't exist.


Ending his silence about the much-discussed topic, the Miami Dolphins' football operations czar not only said yesterday that he wants the six-time Pro Bowl defensive end on his team this fall, but he also tried to eliminate the perception that he deliberately snubbed Taylor during a chance encounter at the team's headquarters earlier this spring.

"Why wouldn't you want one of the very best players?" Parcells told the Associated Press. "This thing has kind of taken on a life of its own, and a large measure of this 'rift' is fabrication."


Earlier in the spring when Taylor stopped by the Dolphins' facility, Parcells reportedly ignored the 2006 NFL Defensive Player of the Year when he entered the same room as Parcells and Miami coach Tony Sparano. Taylor said something to Parcells, and Parcells silently turned away.

Parcells said 25 to 30 people were in the room reviewing film. "There was no intentional ... thing that I personally did," he said.

Then last month Sparano said Taylor would not be with the team for its offseason program or training camp - sparking speculation that Taylor wanted a trade. Taylor has denied that.

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