Lockout Has Hurt Aqib Talib

June 8th, 2011

Apparently tapped out from watching game tape of college football, scoping for talent in next year’s draft (if there is a draft), Bucs coach Raheem Morris visited Joe’s good friend, “The Big Dog,” Steve Duemig of WDAE-AM 620 this afternoon for a full hour of Bucs fun live from the Chris Thomas studio.

Knowing Raheem isn’t allowed to discuss players during this asinine lockout forced upon the innocent American public by NFL strongman Roger Goodell, and acknowledging the powers that be at One Buc Palace were monitoring the broadcast to make sure Raheem didn’t misspeak, “The Big Dog” walked out on potential thin ice and asked if the Bucs could trust embattled cornerback Aqib Talib enough to keep him on the roster.

Talib is currently embroiled in another controversy after being indicted by a Texas grand jury on a felony count of assault for an incident in March.

Raheem danced the tightrope about not discussing players and told “The Big Dog” all is well with Talib when footballs are flying in the air.

“When he is in a football setting, he’s one of the best students of the game we have,” Raheem said. “He got that from Ronde. Other things need to be groomed and nurtured. Hopefully we get those cleaned up.”

That was a savvy, political dodge of an answer of “The Big Dog’s” question. Big time. Well done Raheem (golf clap).

Joe is hopeful that if Talib is such a good student of the game, he can also become something of a student of proper behavior in the future and keep his nose out of trouble so he doesn’t risk being suspended for a season by Goodell.

12 Responses to “Lockout Has Hurt Aqib Talib”

  1. Jon L. Says:

    I can’t wait for the lockout to be over, so we can talk about on the field stuff instead of situations like Talib’s.

  2. Achetti813 Says:

    “Hopefully we get those things cleaned up” that sounds to me like raheem wants to help talib work through his issues as a team

  3. Pete Dutcher Says:

    this asinine lockout forced upon the innocent American public by NFL strongman Roger Goodell

    I’m beginning to see the difference between the two Joes here. One is clearly obsessed with Goodell. 😉

  4. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Nurtured and groomed. Is that how you deal with adult criminals and behavior problems? No, we punish them to deter future similar conduct.
    Therein lies the fatal flaw with rah rah. He is too green, immature and lacks the requisite confidence to curb this sort of stuff. He should say: irrespective of legal and league actions I will be strongly addressing Aqib’s recurring problems that do effect this team. He could have phrased it more generally if nec. to avoid speaking directly about the player.

    Rah only underminez

  5. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    player discipline and he enables it by his “coach buddy” approach.

  6. Pete Dutcher Says:

    What do you care, Thomas? You’re not a Bucs fan anyway. 🙂

  7. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    I am a buc fan just not a Glazer schill. I want to do what I believe is best for competing in the playoffs.

    I believe that you must utilize all methods for making your roster as talented as possible ever year. If you can add Nnamdi for Biggers – you do it. If you have to cut a player(s) who repeatedly causes problems that risk his eligibility to send a message to your team (even if that player is talented) you do it. If you participate meaningfully in free agency you replace that player at any cost.

    Constant misbehavior effects the team in innemurable ways – not the least of which is that it may strip eligibility (i.e. THC Jax). Effective leaders respond swiftly and decisively to curb future problems. This lack of leadership is fueling this problem to an all-time high and embarrassment here. I fault the player and head coach for his laissez-faire approach.,

  8. Achetti813 Says:

    “I believe that you must utilize all methods for making your roster as talented as possible ever year.”

    Then go cheer for the redskins they seem to do that, and they’re great.

  9. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Archetti: you miss the point.

    The redskins in recent years have done a poor job with selecting the players that they draft or sign. It is not the use of free agency that is flawed it is the poor player selection.

    For example, the Packers added Charles Woodson and Ryan Pickett – key cogs in their super bowl run. The Saints added Drew Brees, Jonathon Vilma and others.

    If Dom is a good talent evaluator then he should be able to evaluate free agents (we will give him a pass on Angelo Crowell, Derrick Ward, Byron Leftwich, Mike Nugent and Mike Clayton in year 1).

    The Glazers don’t want to invest the money pure and simple.

  10. SkookumSmitty Says:

    I am so conflicted on this one…I WANT Talib to mend his ways, and be a great player for us. I WANT to believe those around him are seeing positive changes and willingness to work hard and overcome.

    But my counselor’s sense is tingling…Repeated violent behavior, despite court ordered anger management classes, etc., is NOT a good sign. Nor is being there when violent things are happening. One of the things taught? Stay OUT of situations that could lead you to continued interaction with law enforcement and the courts…You can help NO ONE if you are in jail.

    If your personal relationships are volatile enough that you continue to be faced with criminal investigations…YOU may have a problem.

  11. OAR Says:

    Peter SkookumSmitty Parker
    “But my counselor’s sense is tingling…” But, what about you’re wall-crawling or web-spinning?
    Seriously, well put and I have to agree.

  12. tommy Says:

    my god thomas, shut up! your a jerk!