Schiano: I Want Him To Be A Buc

April 18th, 2012

It seems like Greg Schiano wanted to be extra clear that he wants Aqib Talib on his defense, so he told the Bucs’ media throng today.

No, Schiano wasn’t watching film of E.J. Biggers and Myron Lewis. He was responding to a rumor floated by Scott Reynolds of that rockstar general manager Mark Dominik was looking to trade troubled No. 25. Pat Yasinskas took notes as the Bucs’ new leader made it clear he embraces Talib.

“I want him to be a Buc,’’ Schiano said. “I understand there’s been issues before I arrived. I’m not naive to that. And I understand that some of those are a heck of a lot bigger than playing football. But I am really hopeful that that clears itself up. Since I met him for the first time, he’s done everything I’ve asked. He’s practiced well and he’s prepared well. I try not to judge people other than (by) how they treat me, and he’s treated me well.”

Before that, per Joe’s notes, Schiano said of the rumor, “there’s absolutely zero thinking on our part as far as wanting to [trade Talib].”

Schiano’s comments remind Joe of Kevin Carter’s when talking about Talib.

“I’d see him and it was always, Hi, Mr. Carter. He was respectful,’” said Carter, adding that Talib put in long hours at One Buc Place. “He worked his butt off.”

Carter said the Bucs have invested so much in Talib they should keep him and “take your chances that he’ll grow up.”

Clearly Talib knows how to behave. Doing it consistently, of course, is his problem.

17 Responses to “Schiano: I Want Him To Be A Buc”

  1. eric Says:

    Of course he wants talib. When focused the best player we had till dom got the fools gold.

    17 pics.

    Last year wasnt good but who was?

  2. Garv Says:

    I think this is good news. I’ve heard Talib is a good team mate and well liked.
    IF he buys in to Schiano and wants to be here, he’s too good a talent to give up on before the trial IMO.

    Good to hear!

  3. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I don’t see much harm in keeping him, as long as he is doing everything he is asked (Capt. Tim’s head is currently exploding). His teammates clearly have his back, and it looks as if his coach and GM do as well. Clearly he has made a good impression on Schiano, and Schiano is taking the right approach to it (at least publicly). Nothing needs to be done in April anyway. I don’t think it affects who we draft, as we are going to get a CB early regardless (probably at #5). Just wait it out, and if he doesn’t screw up (big “if”), then he’ll be a really good bonus.

    Ladies and gentlemen, heeeeeeeeeeere’s Capt. Tim…………………..

  4. Jonny 3.3 Says:

    Talib’s issues have to do with anger management and I think he can fix them. Ray Lewis got away with murder, what Talib has done is trivial compared to it.

  5. Garv Says:

    The opinions of message board posters as far as roster spots and yes, even play calling, are kind of sort of not so much in comparison to a HEAD COACH IN THE NFL!

    I hope some heads DO explode……literally. Whoosh.

    Anyway, the CB position could be better than we all thought it was a week ago if things pan out.

  6. the buc realist Says:

    If Roethlisberger got 6 games that was reduced to 4 games, for raping a girl (allegedly). surely pistol whipping a gangster is only a 3 game suspension

  7. Mr Lucky Says:

    Maybe it’s finally taken a real man to set the expectations for Talib to live up to. Good to see a coach being a coach and not a friend or bro.

  8. Eric Says:

    What credible football guy has questioned talib’s ability to play?

    I also haven’t heard anybody with personal knowledge state he is a cancer or bad team mate. To the contrary he works hard as Carter states.

    Now obviously the man is a mess off the field, and puts himself in ridiculously stupid situations. But I could rattle off a long list of guys with similar issues who had great nfl careers.
    This guy could play at pro bowl level. He was the defensive back of the year in 2010 as awarded by the nfl alumni association. The name suggests some good football minds would have voted for that designation.

  9. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    “What credible football guy has questioned talib’s ability to play?”


    Captain Tim, Thomas 2.2, and probably Shaun King and Ian Beckles. Come on Eric, what more do you need?

  10. Fatmosh Says:

    Talib’s issues might end up be a blessing for the Bucs. He’s a free agent after this year and it’ll surely drive his price down. We could be getting a bargain at corner if he straightens out and re-signs with us.

  11. bucfat Says:

    I like this article. Happy to hear. Good luck Talib.

  12. The Waterboy Says:

    Alright! Alright! What do Capt. Tim, Thomas 2.2 and a Ostrich have in common? They all go through life with their heads stuck in the sand.

  13. Drew Says:

    I’ve have a lot of respect for this coach. Can’t wait for the season to start.

  14. FreemanBomb5 Says:

    Hahahaha if Schiano can turn Talib’s life around for the better he’l of won my respect. Suck it haters!! Talib is here to stay, just think how nasty our secondary will be with Mo Claiborne and Aqib Talib playing press man.

  15. ben Says:

    i think Talib will be alot better now that he has had more time to heal, i dont think he was 100% back from injury last year

  16. jvato24 Says:

    Does anyone else find it ironic that 2 of our last 4 first round picks have slapped cab drivers.

    Also it wasn’t even a punch or it would have been assault.

  17. Brian Says:

    There is a big difference between locker room behavior and off the field troubles. It amazes me how people can lump the two together and slam a guy as a cancer, you would have to have never played organized sports at all to not see the difference. Teammates and coaches stand up for him when they don’t have to, while sister beating repeat offenders and the cab driver’s union don’t like him… so what?