“No Absolutes” In Aqib Talib’s Return

October 15th, 2012

Speaking to the Tampa Bay pen and mic club this afternoon from One Buc Palace, Bucs coach Greg Schiano sure kept the door open for the possibility that troubled Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib has played his last game as a member of the Bucs organization.

Talib was slapped with a four-game by the NFL for failing a drug test for banned substances and Talib confessed he had popped Adderall without a prescription (which is an illegal act; buying prescription pills without a prescription).

Pressed by eye-RAH! Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune if Talib “with certainty” will return to the lineup once his four-game suspension is lifted, Schiano adamantly said he would be back but passed on the opportunity to say the future transaction was locked in stone.

“He’s going to be back with us. There are no absolutes in anything in this world, right? I may not be back here when he comes back. How do you know? That’s the plan, yes, and we are going to move forward at that point. As I have said in everything, as I say all the time to our team, things change day-to-day, week-to-week, month-to-month guys. I can’t tell you exactly how things are going to be a month from now. I hope that we have won a bunch of games in a row, that’s one thing I hope. So, yeah, the plan is, yeah, to have him back here with us.

“Look, every decision we make as an organization has one thing in mind and that is what is best for the organization. I guarantee you no one is always right. But I guarantee you every decision we are going to make is strictly for one reason and that it is best for the organization. It’s not just winning. Yeah, that’s what we do, that’s what you do in this league. There are 32 teams and we are all chasing one prize. But when you are part of a community — yeah, there are a lot of things that go into the decision. I can just tell our fans and all the people who care about this is, we are going to do what is best for the organization which is going to be best for everybody. So you will have to just trust us on this one.”

That sure is a qualified answer to Joe. “The plan” is to have Talib back, yet there are no absolutes. Plans, as we all know, can change.

If one is to ascribe motives, this decision on Talib’s immediate future may not be strictly Schiano’s alone to make. It almost smells like the decision will be influenced, or made directly, in an upstairs office at One Buc Palace.

19 Responses to ““No Absolutes” In Aqib Talib’s Return”

  1. raphael Says:

    looks like we will be drafting Xavier Rhodes from FSU. and maybe signing Cromartie as a Free agent…

    Talib will be back this year, but not next year… imo..and yes he will be in trouble again.

  2. Jessup Says:

    I think we trade him for a 5th round draft pick or something if the opportunity presents itself. Some playoff contender that is desperate for a CB might be willing to give up a late round pick.

  3. Charlie B Says:

    I really get a kick out of how people spin coach answers. The guy is on the team until he isn’t. It’s Mark Dominik’s job to always listen and seek out trade opportunities. If a team contacted Dominik tomorrow and offered a 4th round pick, you better believe the plan changes. If Biggers plays well above expectations and someone offers a 7th, if they were planning on letting him walk in FA you bet they take it. If someone offered 3 1st round picks for Josh Freeman as soon as the season ends, it doesn’t matter how much they talk about Freeman improving throughout the year.

  4. Larry Says:

    What I would like to know is…why did the Buc’s only find out on Saturday? OR did they know earlier and only reported it on Saturday? Seems like a pretty poor deal not to notify them on a Monday so they can re-work their game plan.

  5. 1976Buc Says:

    Good question Larry. Also, if it’s true what I’ve read that this incident happened before Training Camp why did it take the NFL so long to react? Contrary to some belief Adderall is a dangerous drug when abused. This should not be taken lightly by Buc Nation.

  6. Snook Says:

    Trade him to Washington. You know Raheem would love to have another ghetto CB. Talib and DeAngelo Hall are a match made in heaven.

  7. Sneedy16 Says:


    I’m pretty sure Aquib told Schiano a long time ago. The drug test were from this off season so I figure they knew something, for everyone to not be shock and pissed about the situation. I do not know the process on how drug testing works around the league. For them to find adderall in his system in the summer and it took this long to suspend him. They probably did and investigation and found out that it wasn’t prescribed.

  8. Sneedy16 Says:


    Your and idiot.

  9. Have A Nice Day Says:

    I is sooooo nice to have a head coach that can verbalize what he is thinking accurately.

  10. Snook Says:

    Sneedy: Your post is the definition of “ironic”. Thanks for the laugh.

  11. Drew Says:

    Read between the lines. The Buc’s will deal with the situation after the suspension. Look for a trade or cut if Biggers shows he capable.

  12. Jwayne Says:

    I don’t see it possible to cut him! And to trade him at this point with his troubles and in a contract year no one would be willing to give up more than a 6th for him. We are in no position to cut the best corner on a team that ranks in the very bottom of the leauge in pass defense! Let him play out the rest of the year and cut ties with him then….unless that idiot owner for the colts gets drunk again and offers a 2nd round for a under performing corner!

  13. Ladyz Says:

    Hay guys, do remember he had a gun charge at first of season. Believe league just trying to spread things out like they have done to New Orleans with that mess. 3 more games and we will know.

  14. Mr Lucky Says:

    Contact Chicago and do an “Adams” trade for Talib – dumb bastard.

  15. J-VilleBucs84 Says:

    Sure Schiano “go with him” and show your organization that hey if you fight with a teamate,punch a cab driver, shoot at your sisters boyfriend with your mom, and take pills that aren’t prescribed to you will keep you if we feel you make the team better.

    Would we have still kept him if he was arrested for possession of the pill and caught a felony charge?

    You cut K2 and he at least played everygame and was never suspended, yeah he didn’t practice, but do you think Talib will be practicing? NO!! Not for four weeks.

    Talib has never made it threw a season with out being suspended.

  16. Bobby Says:

    It’s the Bucs business…not ours. Like Schiano said, they will do what’s best for the Bucs as an organization. It is a business and they will treat it like one. Talib is an employee and if they think he still has value for the organization and the rest of his teammates want him back…he’ll be back. They’ll take care of any discipline internally.

  17. robert Says:

    @snook…..dead on man lol

  18. Sneedy16 Says:

    @ snook

    Auto-correct when typing from a phone can cause that. Your comment about another ghetto CB comes off sounding like a bigot. I have not reason why you would call Deangelo Hall ghetto. Do you even know what the word means? Look it up. He may talk trash, but I haven’t heard of him being arrested in any violent or drug related situation. It pisses me off when someone uses the word to describe someone when they don’t even know that person.

  19. hamilton Says:

    the bucs just had a good game,get over it talib will be back.