Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Jason Taylor broke Michael Irvin's single offseason news conference record Monday afternoon in Ashburn, Va. Counting his work on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," I have Taylor down for seven news conferences since the end of the 2007 season. Unfortunately, Steve Guttenberg was unable to attend due to a prior commitment.
Taylor was gracious to mention how his heart went out to Redskins defensive end Phillip Daniels, whose season ended because of a knee injury Sunday. But it's Daniels' injury that allowed Taylor to escape an awkward situation in Miami. The good folks on the Redskins' crack PR staff, which had some major turnover during the offseason, were kind enough to forward several transcripts following today's news conference. Here are some excerpts that I've selected followed by my editorial comments:
Head coach Jim Zorn: "The tragedy that happened on the first day of training camp has turned out to make for a very special day today. Unfortunately we lost two fine football players in defensive ends Phillip Daniels and Alex Buzbee, and I was stuck thinking about what I should say after my first day of training camp.
"As the late afternoon and early evening wore on, we got a hold of the Miami Dolphins and earned the opportunity to have the right to have Jason Taylor. It is due to Vinny Cerrato and Daniel Snyder taking the risks and once again being aggressive. The same type of aggressiveness that was shown during the draft also took place yesterday afternoon."
- First of all, the Redskins have far too much experience with what the word "tragedy" means. What happened to Daniels was unfortunate, but it was not a tragedy. That said, Zorn is wise to praise his employers in a public setting. It's something I'm considering.
- He definitely took the high road regarding his long goodbye with the Dolphins, but saying you wouldn't be "disgusted" to play somewhere is a pretty half-hearted sentiment.
- Pretty refreshing to read something like that after watching how Jeremy Shockey handled his situation with New York. It's likely that Daniels will never play again, but you get the sense that he would still take a lot of pride in being on a team that had some playoff success.