Players often are loathe to admit that anything from outside the locker room impacts the performance of a team.
At 0-7, however, it's becoming tougher for the Miami Dolphins to deny the outside distractions -- or, rather, the distraction -- aren't having an impact.
"You can only avoid the elephant in the room for so long," Taylor said, via the South Florida Sun Sentinel. "There's so much media nowadays and (it's) getting fed from so many different angles media-wise, it's hard to escape it. You're going to hear it, you're going to see it, you're going to be asked about it, particularly in your home market.
"You do your best to ignore it, but sure, there's an elephant in the room, and you have to realize you have nothing to do with it. You can't control it. The only thing you can do to control it is play well and win games. It's something that's hanging out there, and people are going to talk about it because people love to talk."
"I think after six or seven weeks of doing it over and over again and having the same result, obviously your confidence is going to be shaken," Taylor added. "I think it's natural for a little bit of doubt to creep in -- you have to find a way to overcome it. There's no magic potion for it besides winning."