“He Was Eating [Talib] Alive”

November 30th, 2010

Secondary maven and Bucs head coach Raheem Morris said this week that Aqib Talib is playing like a Pro Bowler. 

Ronde Barber can’t stop raving about the guy. And even Jeff Faine piped in last week with hefty praise of Talib and his teamwide leadership and impact.

And then there’s former Bucs DT Chris Hovan explaining yesterday on 1010 AM that Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason “was eating [Talib] alive” Sunday.

“Talib was gettin’ beat on bump and run, press, zone, deep. Talib got schooled,” Hovan told host J.P. Peterson. “Aqib is that great of a player where he’ll correct it and probably get three or four more picks. He’s playing like a ballhawk right now.”

Hovan went on to say that going after Talib was clearly calculated by Baltimore. “It gets in your head when they come after you, that you’re part of their gameplan.”

Now Hovan has forgotten more football than Joe knows, but that doesn’t mean he’s right. Joe’s wasn’t seeing Talib getting beat all over the field like Hovan claims.

16 Responses to ““He Was Eating [Talib] Alive””

  1. Tristan Berry Says:

    It looked to me that the game plan was to play ‘prevent’ with Mason all day long, giving him a big cushion and letting him have catches underneath to keep from getting beaten deep. If that was the plan, I’d say it pretty much worked. If it were me, I probably would’ve gone with a more aggressive plan and trusted Talib a bit more – not that it would’ve made much of a difference in the outcome of the came, most likely.

  2. lightningbuc Says:

    If anyone would know about the other team targeting a weak link it would be Hovan. Hey Chris, Avon called and your case of makeup is in.

  3. Gary Says:

    Morris has already said their game plan was to play 3rds so thats why Talib had to give Mason such cushions. And with 10-15 yd. cushions, only a scrub wouldn’t have a good game.

    Blame the coverages called if anything, but Talib played ok, not great, but not bad either.

    And if anyone knows how to get beat repeatedly on play after play, its Hovan! He was pathetic in his last year with us, even green rookies are better than him this year.

  4. ShortyBuc Says:

    Hovans gut looks like hes eaten a lot of people alive….

  5. eric Says:

    Hovan should know that any criticism of the bucs or their players is forbidden…………………………requiring immediate backlash.

  6. tha truth is... Says:

    Hovan’s a bitter bitch. How did Talib get beat deep with Masons longest catch being 15yd.

  7. bucfanjeff Says:

    They did pick on him, and I thought overall the bucs were playing to soft on the WR’s, but he wasn’t getting b!tched. It may have caught him off guard and Mason probably got under his skin a little, nothing major though.

  8. d-money Says:


    Critisism is fine as long as its based in reality. A place you seldom find yourself.

  9. Dave Says:

    I played CB for years in HS and in college…. I didn’t see it. Talib needs to hold the bump better on bump & run, otherwise it is pointless. Other than that, it seems Talib’s biggest problem was backing off and giving the underneath stuff a tad too often. My guess is that was the game plan, not so much his play.

  10. booty traps Says:

    Was he watching the same game?

    I didnt see him get beat at any point. If anything he was giving Mason a big space to work with, but like everyone else this looked like part of the game plan to me. I didnt see Anquan Boldin doing anything at all and the run game was not a factor.

    We were beat by the Ravens D. Josh did not look comfy in the pocket all day. I think we should have gone to the hurry up a few times to keep their D on their heels a little bit. It worked late in the game but by then it was too late.

    I think we had a good gameplan again. Our D did a great job on the Ravens offense. Im not happy with the loss, but we showed some more improvement on D.

    GO BUCS!!


  11. MTM Says:

    The Bucs defense played it safe a lot in pass coverage. You could see them playing off 10 yds or so routinely. It worked for most of the game. Take away the Heap TD off of broken coverage. And the game is a much tighter game. Talib played fine against the Ravens. The Ravens D and the Bucs lack of offense did them in. I believe the Bucs will open it up against Atlanta.

  12. MTM Says:

    Forgot to mention Hovan’s non sense statements. Its nice to that Hovan took the time to bash Talib’s play. If Talib manages to stay healthy. He will have a much longer and greater career than Hovan’s .

    Go back to your hole “Grossburger” and put your eye shadow and cape back on. Wanna be wrestler. Brother.

  13. gitarlvr Says:

    Oh Talib was getting beat by Mason all say. You can’t argue the numbers. Its not his fault however that he was made to give him a cushion all day. Derrick Mason? Really? Like Talib hasn’t shut down plenty of better faster receivers. It was bad strategy.

  14. tj Says:

    Did Hovan see he never let Mason get behind him and Talib also almost had 2 ints. Whatever Hovan you can say if you a bitter over the release

  15. alan thomas Says:

    j.p. peterson sucks. don’t listen to his crappy show and you won’t have to hear such ridiculous comments.

  16. Bucs Babe Says:

    I agree with Alan Thomas! Some people just like to hear themselves talk and make no since at all…Go Bucs!!