Belichick: I Really Like HimDecember 13th, 2012
Joe was just fine with then-suspended Aqib Talib getting shipped to the Patriots at the trading deadline — even if Shaun King says that meant the Bucs quit on the 2012 season.
But given how desperate the Bucs are at cornerback, and how much crappy cornerback play has kept the Bucs from a winning record, and how tight Greg Schiano and Bill Belichick are, it’s interesting to note Talib’s impact since arriving in New England.
Boston Herald Pats beat writer Jeff Howe dove into the Talib effect in a feature yesterday that focused on Bill Belichick ditching his normal philosophy in order to have Talib shadow Texans receiver Andre Johnson on Monday night.
“The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Johnson still caught four passes for 58 yards while the 6-1, 205-pound Talib was in the game, so it wasn’t close to perfect. But it was about the Patriots’ attitude and aggressiveness, pitting a veteran on a veteran and protecting a 5-10, 200-pound rookie from a difficult matchup. …
“I thought Aqib did a good job,” Belichick said. “I think he’s done a good job for us. He works hard. I really like him. I like the way he prepares. I like the way he competes.
“As far as the (one-on-one) matchups go, we’ve done that from time to time. It depends on what the matchups are, what the game plan is. We can do it or we cannot do it. I don’t think it’s that big of a thing.”
Again, Joe was on board with the Talib trade. It was a sound move. Talib absolutely could not be counted on. However, that doesn’t mean it’s not stomach-churning painful to wonder what Sunday’s outcome against the Eagles would have been if Talib was wearing red.