Jason Taylor not torn on Fins-Jets QBs

Jason Taylor wouldn't let me get the question out of my mouth.

"Who do you think I'm going to pick?" he interjected, as if to convey his answer was so obvious I shouldn't waste my breath. And it was, really.

We had been talking about Taylor's perceptions of his previous quarterback with the Miami Dolphins: Chad Henne, compared to his current New York Jets quarterback, Mark Sanchez.

"I know who I'm going to pick, and it's my quarterback here," Taylor said after last week's public practice in the new Meadowlands stadium. "I've always been one of those guys that rides or dies with his quarterback.

"Sanchez is my guy, and I better not hear anybody say anything bad about him."

What else could Taylor have said? His quotes would have been all over the New York newspapers' back pages had he said Henne was the better quarterback.

Taylor would have rototilled all of the grassroots campaigning he has done to win over the Jets fans he has angered over the years.

"Naturally, there will be [a rivalry] because of the teams and quarterbacks draw a lot of attention," Taylor said. "I played with Chad. I think Chad's going to be a darn good quarterback. He has all the tools.

"At this level, when you get a guy like a Sanchez or a Chad Henne that has all the physical tools, it's the other things that separate you. It's the preparation, the development you go through. For quarterbacks, it doesn't just start in August and end in February. It's an evolution."

Taylor has been amazed at Sanchez's dedication to both rehabbing his surgically repaired knee to studying in the film room.

"You can see it," Taylor said. "No. 1, it's his work ethic. I came around in April, and you can see how he focuses. He understands what it takes to be a quarterback in this league and the time and commitment that it takes."