Taylor to go to L.A. after 'Stars,' to miss minicamp

Updated: May 20, 2008, 2:20 AM ET
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Jason Taylor is going from dancing to skipping.

After participating in his last routine on "Dancing with the Stars" on Monday, Taylor wrote in his ESPN The Magazine blog that he will head to New York after Tuesday's show finale to appear on "Good Morning America." Then he's off to Los Angeles ... not Miami, where the Dolphins begin a voluntary minicamp on Friday.

Taylor Blog

After his appearance on "Dancing with the Stars," Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor blogs for ESPN The Magazine about the television show, playing for Miami and his future in acting. Blog

"I know what the reaction's going to be: Oh, he's the leader of that team, and he needs to be there," Taylor wrote. "But, see, there're different types of leadership in sports. There're guys that can talk all the time, and try to lead by saying: 'Oh, this is what we need to do, let's go, rah, rah rah.' They're rah-rah guys. And then they're guys, like me, who lead by example. And people are saying now, 'Your example should be being there working out with the team.' Well, at the end of the day, I will show up and I will do anything I need to do, and I will be the best football player I can be."

Taylor acknowledged that this is a different era in Miami, with Bill Parcells coming on to run the show and Tony Sparano taking over as head coach. Paul Pasqualoni is the new defensive coordinator.

"Yes, there's a new defense to learn," Taylor wrote. "But we've had a lot of coaches the last five years, and I've learned all those defenses. We'll make it work, trust me. We're not reinventing the wheel here."

The six-time Pro Bowl defensive end denied that there is a rift between him and Parcells.

"I have not talked to Bill. It's fine," Taylor wrote. "It's not that big a deal. He's a busy man. He's got a lot to do. He's got to run a football team. At this point, it should be laid to rest. We'll be fine. We'll sit down and talk in the near future when this is all done. I'll get back to Miami and we'll all sit down and talk and figure it out."