Aqib Talib “Needs A Good Start”

September 10th, 2011

Last year Joe remembers interviewing his good friend Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch who referred to Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib as “a gambler” and added “we all know what happens to gamblers.

Joe is of the mind that Talib could a Pro Bowler, but he’s not quite there yet. It seems ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas is of the same mind.

In a recent NFC South chat, Yasinskas believes if Talib is going to be an elite corner, he should make a statement tomorrow.

Jesse (Glasgow, KY)

Talib said he is ready for Johnson, your thoughts? Even if fully healthy, what chance does any corner have against megatron?

Pat Yasinskas

When Talib is focused, he can be as good as any CB. He needs to be focused right now and needs to get his season off to a good start.

Talib usually is in position to make plays but there are so many almost-interceptions that Talib doesn’t haul in. The Pittsburgh game last year was Exhibit-A.

If Talib can rack up a few more interceptions of passes that he gets his hands on, he could be an elite cornerback.

20 Responses to “Aqib Talib “Needs A Good Start””

  1. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    For Talib, a good start= going 24 hours without being arrested.

  2. Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    Calvin Johnson can make any defender look bad when Stafford is on the money. Let’s hope the Tampa Pass Rush shows up, or it is going to be a long day for our secondary.

  3. Brandon Says:

    Sportswriters have about as much background and qualifications to accurately assess players as talk show hosts on the Food Network.

    Maybe it’s old age, but I can’t stand seeing anybody ask questions to these so-called experts. Watch the damn games, formulate your own opinions, most of these sportswriters are absolute clowns that barely know the difference between the endzone and an end around. The fact is is that most of them are completely clueless and if they weren’t hand-fed information by coaching staffs and media relations staff (in an effort to get free advertising for their team), these guys wouldn’t have anything to write about other than human interest stories.

  4. Four Fingered Fisherman Says:

    Joe, I agree that he does miss some opportunities, like in the Pittsburgh game last year. And then he makes the one like he did in the Ravens game.

    Last year though, he was on his way to being an elite cornerback, if not there already. Despite missing the last 4 games to injury, he still fnished among the league lead in INT’s. If he had played those 4 games and not gotten in trouble this off-season for defending his sister, everyone would be singing a completely different tune.

    I think last year, he showed he belongs in the conversation and also did not get beat as bad as in previous years. But he is always going to get beat here and there, as he is an extremely aggressive Cornerback. That’s the type of player that he is and we are just going to have to accept that part of his game.

  5. tommy Says:

    for thomas 24 hours without being stupid….unheard of

  6. gotbbucs Says:

    brandon, 100 percent correct.

  7. A Dandy Says:

    I think Talib is going to come out the gates sprinting this season. He has so much to prove — All he has heard about over the last year for the most part is negativity regarding his character — I believe he will turn the focus of conversation toward how great of a player he is. Today will be a fantastic test & I believe we would gain more from this if it was being played 2 months from now. Due to the defense being a bit green at this point due to the shortened off season, I do not see them as a fully functioning, cohesive unit to date. We shall see.

  8. Dan Says:

    aquib would also be an elite corner if he went for no interceptions, all blocks. he could do it either way, but often in going for the catch is the gamble. i think he needs to stop trying so hard to intercept everything and just cover the dang guy.

  9. Mauha Deeb Says:

    @tommy Nice. You beat me to it lol

  10. Brandon Says:


    Unless you know him personally and have access to him in his every daily life, there is no way you can be certain. That’s an awfully big assumption.

  11. Mauha Deeb Says:

    @Dan THat is not what the coach teaches. He teaches being a ball hawk. Morris wants picks and FFs.

  12. Snook Says:

    Enough with these ESPN “chats”. So Jesse is either a dumb casual fan and/or both?

    And what a dumb response by Pat. What player in the NFL doesn’t need a good start? Idiotic.

    These poor souls that use ESPN for their NFL and Bucs info. What a travesty. Then again, this guy is from Kentucky. That might be his problem.

  13. tommy Says:

    no brandon…its true

  14. gotbbucs Says:

    snook, also 100 percent correct.

  15. SteveK Says:

    LOL at Thomas 2.2

    Talib is a proven commodity with his talents, and problems.

    I am more enthralled with the battle of the 2010 DT’s : McCoy vs Suh ( I know they are COMPLETELY different players.)

    Who has more sacks?
    Who has more pressures?
    How does the rest of their DL do bc of there pressure/penetration?

    Or the 2009 edition:

    Freeman vs. Stafford

    Who throws more TD’s?
    Less picks?
    More yards?
    Who wins?

  16. BigMacAttack Says:

    Good morning to all my Buc Brethren…. & Thomas. It is fine day and a great day for a Butt Stompin. I’m totally stoked and ready to dedicate this opening day win to all our fallen heroes. Northbound and Down. Go Bucs !!!

  17. Pete Dutcher Says:

    LOL! Love your opening statement, lol.

    Four Fingered Fisherman Says:
    Last year though, he (Talib) was on his way to being an elite cornerback, if not there already.

    This is true. My concern though is his lack of preseason game action. While some think he will come running out of the gates, I worry that he will come out rusty.

    If he wants to be elite and invaluable to the team…he needs to step it up this year. If he doesn’t, they should make him the number two and draft a number one next year.

  18. BecklesHeartsRuud Says:

    Yasinskas watches all the Bucs games as well as the rest of the NFC south games every week. Im not sure why he gets hate on here as he almost never says anything negative about the Bucs since their turnaround. Get off the mans jock. He is accurate with his assessments of all four NFC south teams.

  19. Snook Says:

    Yaskinkas gets hate on here because he’s a douche. Plain and simple. Need proof? Read his dumb vanilla answer to the guy’s question above.

  20. Jimmy Says:

    “Yasinskas watches all the Bucs games as well as the rest of the NFC south games every week. ”

    No he doesn’t. I heard Pat Yaz on Sports Babe’s show once even admit he doesn’t watch all of the Bucs games. Yet Joe has quoted sports writers from other towns who say they watch all games on

    Pat Yaz is a putz, plain and simple! He doesn’t think Ronde Barber should be in the Hall of Fame and he hates Mike Alstott. F-him.