Bucs Now 3-1 Without TalibNovember 4th, 2012
Does anyone still miss helmet-wielding, cabbie-slugging, Adderrall-popping, coach-cussing, referee-charging, pistol-friendly, granny-hassling Aqib Talib?
Probably, given today’s Myron Lewis sighting and other cornerback troubles. But Joe sure doesn’t miss Talib.
Last Sunday, Joe was on the 98.7 FM airwaves saying he definitely would dump Talib if the Bucs won in Oakland. Joe’s rationale was simple: if the Bucs could go 3-1 without Talib, then the benefits of Talib returning to the roster would be outweighed by the potential hit to team chemistry from the arrival of post-suspension Talib.
The Bucs never had to make that choice, as rockstar general manager Mark Dominik fleeced the Patriots and sent them Talib and a seventh-round pick for the Patriots fourth-rounder in 2013.
Yeah, the playoff-hunting Bucs might miss Talib if, say, they head to the SuperDome with a 7-6 record in December. But Joe’s still on board with the trade, even with the Bucs’ thin secondary. The Bucs still have damage-control options. Ronde Barber returning to cornerback with Ahmad Black at safety remains on the table, if necessary.