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By Alain Poupart
Monday, Jan. 4, 2010

Jason Taylor made it clear last offseason that he wanted to play for the Miami Dolphins and nobody else. But when it comes to 2010, the Pittsburgh native isn't ready to take the same stance. Taylor was asked twice after Sunday's 30-24 loss whether he wanted to return to Miami next season and he refused to tip his hand. "I wanted to win today," Taylor said. "We didn't win today and we'll see what happens later on. Things need to be sorted out. I'm sure the team is going to meet and figure out what they want to do and I'll be on a golf course somewhere figuring out what I want to do." Taylor signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins in May after spending the 2007 season with Washington and will be a free agent this spring.

• The Dolphins closed the season with three consecutive losses, and all of them looked the same. Against Tennessee, Houston and Pittsburgh, the Dolphins found themselves facing a large deficit before mounting a comeback that ultimately fell short. The Dolphins trailed 24-6 at Tennessee before losing 27-24 in overtime; they trailed 27-0 against Houston before losing 27-20; and they trailed 27-10 against the Steelers. That trend, said wide receiver Greg Camarillo, summed up the Dolphins' season. "To get into the playoffs, you've got to get into a streak at the end, and we didn't do that," he said. "We fought back in games, but playoff teams fight back and win, not just fight back and make it a contest. We didn't take that step this year."

• Sparano used the Steelers as an example for what he wants his team to become. "I told them that 7-9 is mediocre and that mediocrity is not really accepted here, it's just not," Sparano said. "That group fought really hard, they kept themselves in a lot of football games, I'm proud of them for doing that. The Pittsburgh Steelers are the defending champions because they find ways to win in those situations. They find ways to win, and we couldn't find ways to win. That's something that we have to do, we have to be able to get there."

• Linebacker Joey Porter almost played the role of hero against his former team. His recovery of a Ben Roethlisberger fumble at the Steelers' 13 in the fourth quarter put Miami in position to take the lead after the Dolphins had rallied from a 27-10 deficit to 27-24. But two plays later, Ryan Clark intercepted Tyler Thigpen at the 2 to kill the threat. Porter, who didn't speak to the media after the game, also had a sack in the first quarter. He led Miami with nine sacks this season.

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