Calling On Talib’s Teammates?August 29th, 2011
Now that the next chapter of the Aqib Talib saga has begun, Bucs fans and players are left to pray that Talib can stay out of trouble indefinitely, or at least through the 2011 season.
But ESPN NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas wants more than prayer from Talib’s veteran teammates. In a blog post today, he calls on Bucs veterans to step up and counsel Talib.
They can be a bit more aggressive in taking an active role with Talib. He doesn’t have a lot of margin for error and the veterans on this team need to do their part in helping him. They need to reach out to Talib and do their best to make sure he stays focused. The situation with Talib is one where his veteran teammates can do a lot more good by being proactive and vocal. They need to provide strong support and not try to stay out of his way.
This is way too much for Joe’s taste and a bit off the wall.
First, how does Yasinskas know what Ronde Barber has said and done for Talib over the years?
In fact, Joe would prefer the veterans stay far away from Talib so they don’t risk setting him off for some reason. With serious trials for himself and his family looming, there’s no doubt Talib is under a lot of stress.
Talib has serious anger management issues. Joe doesn’t need a degree to make that call. And Joe hardly thinks the Bucs veterans are licensed shrinks who can get into Talib’s head enough to keep him out of trouble.
It’s safe to assume that would have already happened when Derrick Brooks was in the Bucs locker room and Talib walked in after his rookie symposium shenanigans. And 2009 veterans like Chris Hovan, Jeff Faine, Barber and others surely would have been successful, if they could have, after Talib attempted to club Donald Penn with his helmet that spring and subsequently bloodied Torrie Cox.
Talib needs professional help, and Joe sincerely hopes the Bucs are forcing him to get it. Considering all the medical staff associated with the team, and the fact that teams in many sports have hired sports shrinks, it would seem a given that Talib would be subject to time on the couch.
For Joe, Talib’s troubles are way beyond team captains giving him supportive pep talks.