Matt Ryan “Raves” About Talib

May 6th, 2010

Pete Prisco, of, spent time studying how Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan studies the game. The result was an excellent feature story.

And it seems that while Josh Freeman has been the Bucs’ offseason workaholic, he’s just keeping up with Ryan, as both quarterbacks try to get to Drew Brees’ level in the NFC South.

Prisco picked several film breakdowns from Ryan to highlight, one in which he praised helmet-wielding Aqib Talib.

“Talib gets beat,” Ryan said as the play unfolds. “That’s beat in the NFL, even if it doesn’t look like it. It’s there. If the ball lands three feet that way, it’s a touchdown. All in all, it’s not a bad throw. But with that coverage, it has to be more precise.”

Talib, who Ryan raves about, tips the ball away at the last second. Incomplete pass.

“If the ball is right here, he might catch it,” Ryan said as he points to the spot. “That should have been a touchdown.”

Ryan said the key to deciphering the Bucs coverage is no different than with any other team. The keys are the safeties. They usually dictate the coverage, although changes in the NFL game have made it tougher.

Ryan went on to reveal trends in the Bucs’ defense as it relates to using Ronde Barber.

Interesting stuff.

Joe hopes somebody e-mails the story to Freeman in hopes of him getting even more fired up to be the best he can be.

12 Responses to “Matt Ryan “Raves” About Talib”

  1. FlBoy84 Says:

    Hey Joe, I recall Olson saying he had arranged to have Freeman spend time with Brees during the off-season. Any word on if that did or might happen? Besides all the great advice Brees could pass on, just hearing about his SB experience would have to get Freeman stoked to work as hard as he could to get there himself.

  2. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    Talib is a great cover corner. I think this year he will establish himself as a Top 5 cover corner in this league. It is great to hear other QB’s, especially divisional QB’s, compliment our players. I love the pick to get Myron Lewis to eventually play oposite of Talib as well. This kid can play. 6’2″ 205 and has great footwork!! He had 10 picks in college, which is a great number over a college career! If we can get a SS to perform well, our Defensive Backfield has a chance to have one of the league’s best.

  3. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    And, with the additions of McCoy, Price, and Dekoda. Our D is looking very good. We still need a DE I think. Other than SS our D is set. McCoy, Price, White, Moore on the line. Ruud at Mic, Geno at Will, and Dekoda at Sam. Quincy is fast enough to play Will as well. Talib, Myron, TJ, and hopefully Sean Jones will perform well without injury. That sounds like a great D to have for the next 5 years. Moore and White are not very impressive to me. But all the other ones sound great.

    Next year get a DE, another OLB, and SS in the draft or FA. Then on offense get a RB, OG, and maybe a OT. Our team will be set for years!!!
    GO BUCS!!!!!!!!

  4. nick Says:

    Funky Munkey…..Slow your roll. Too much optimism. Eric is gonna come on here and slap you down. He’s the optimism Nazi. I for one don’t mind it. Fair warning

  5. bucsfan4life Says:

    the way i read it sounds like ryan is asying he has figured out our d and will beat it….imo

  6. TJ Says:

    Talib is great as many plays he gave up there were a coup0le times in the gaints game he could have had a couple INT’s and also in the last falcons game he will be a pro bowleer very soon so should Jackson

  7. topdoggie Says:

    @funky I like your take. My friend is going to Vegas and he is buying me a ticket on the Bucs to win the Super bowl. It isn’t over until the fat lady sits on the ball. Go Bucs.;

  8. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:


    Who cares if someone doesn’t like my post. It is my opinion. I’m not arguing with you so please don’t get it confused. We do have a great foundation that we are building. If “eric” wants to argue that, then thats his opinion and he is entitled to that. Some will agree and some won’t. I’m not trying to start anything, I just feel the talent is there. We are just lacking a couple of positions. WAY better than this time last year!!! And Eric this is not a shot at you either so don’t think that either.

    But none of that is optimism. It’s true. We have some very good players, and with more time together should get even better!

  9. tampa2 Says:

    Hey Joe,
    It’s Friday and a slow news day (except for the Rays), so how about some Pics of your favorite girl and 1/2 a case of Caybrew!

  10. Mr. Lucky Says:

    @TopDoggie – I’ll do one better than Vegas – I’ll take you money on that Super Bowl bet – just aint gonna happen in 2010

  11. Mr. Lucky Says:

    Funky whatever – I like your excitement but you’re just too premature. Your line-up looks right – for 2011 or 2012. This year these kids are rookies and they will be shown the ropes. If the Bucs win 8 games that would be like a Super Bowl victory.

    BTW with regard to Lewis – i like the addition. But the reason he fell to Round 3 was due to his ‘footwork” which needs lots of work. Lewis won’t start this year but by 2012 will be there – hopefully

  12. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    Mr. Lucky, I never once said this year. I did say multiple times 5 years and years to come. We are building a great team. How is that premmature.

    And Myron Lewis fell to the 3rd because there was 5-6 very talented CB’s alone in this draft that were ahead of him. For his size, his footwork is above average. And he is only a rookie. Rhonde will play opposite from Talib this season. Then the job will be Myron’s. He will get to learn from a great in Rhonde and even what Talib has been able to learn as well. And Ra is a DB coach by nature. He is in the perfect situation to learn and perform on a high level!!!