Re: What we need from Aqib Talib...
posted at 11/13/2012 11:14 PM EST
In response to rkarp's comment:
lets also keep it in perspective. Tampa Bay, who argueably is still fighting for a playoff position (at least they are not mathmatically eliminated yet) is letting go a CB for a low (presumably) 4th round draft choice rather than keep him on the team for 7 more games.
Is this because he is such a distraction to the team? Or is because he is not that great a CB?
It's both. His act had become tired. Too many screwups, missed games, suspensions, uneven play. Million dollar body, ten cent head. He can play and will flash all-pro skills, then he'll disappear. Properly motivated and at his best, he's a top tier CB. Only then, sometimes...he's not.
Schiano came to town as the new general ready to clean house, his way or the highway. Most guys were happy to have a job after last year, so they responded. Some (like Kellen Winslow, a few others) were used to the Raheem approach, and were gone quick.
There was a lot of talk about dumping Talib in the offseason, but he's a former first round pick with a lot of ability, so Schiano held his nose and kept him around. I think he'd have survived the season had BB not come calling, but no way would he have re-signed in Tampa, so they got what they could. I can tell you, not many folks in Tampa are upset to see him go and most are happy to get what they did.