What About The Clean Slate?October 16th, 2012
Joe hears so many of his media colleagues shouting from rooftops and typing with vigor while calling for the immediate jettisoning of Aqib Talib.
They’re calling Greg Schiano a hypocrite. They demand to know how the New Schiano Order mantra of “Trust, Belief and Accountability” could possibly include suspended Talib’s return in a few weeks.
Tampa Bay Times columnist/WDAE-AM 620 host Tom Jones even said this morning that Talib’s situation is very simple, “like a dog peeing on the rug,” and that dog needs to be leashed and taken outside otherwise he’ll continue to soil the house.
Joe gets the passion, and Joe wouldn’t cry if Talib is cut tomorrow. Not at all. But Joe hardly believes that Schiano isn’t capable of making Talib “accountable” without cutting him.
Does anyone really believe that’s not possible? If so, Joe’s got magic beans to sell you.
Also, there’s that concept of a clean slate for players that Schiano talked about many times in the offseason. Players’ commitment levels were evaluated to a high standard for more than six months, and then decisions were made on who stayed.
Talib earned a spot in the new family of “Buccaneer Men” and got high marks for his commitment. His slate was clean for this regime. That’s got to mean something and not just be talk.
Yes, Talib has dirtied his slate. But for all Joe knows, Talib’s teammates want him back, his captains want him back, and his coach already has explained how Talib will be made accountable before his return, perhaps a new conditioning test and more, and perhaps Talib will be made to earn his job back if he gets back on the roster.
Again, the concept that Talib can’t be held accountable without getting cut his ludicrous. Holding a teammate, family member or co-worker accountable is rarely about kicking them out of your world.
And then there’s that accountability to fans. Yeah, lots of fans want Talib gone, but that won’t help the Bucs if they need him late in the season, or if Talib is on another team shutting down Mike Williams in a key game. There also are lots of fans that don’t care about the drama and just want to see the best players on the field. Increasing Myron Lewis’ role is not Joe’s idea of “accountability.”
Joe still cares most about winning. Talib is an idiot, yes, but not a sleaze like Jerramy Stevens. For Joe, there’s a big difference there.