When Jameis Last Faced Aqib Talib …

September 25th, 2019

“I ate your lunch, Dawg.”

Joe is eager to watch one of the most successful ex-Buccaneers in history on Sunday.

Yes, that’s helmet-wielding, cabbie-slugging, Adderrall-popping, coach-cussing, referee-charging, pistol-friendly, granny-hassling Rams cornerback Aqib Talib, the Bucs’ 2008 first-round pick.

Since getting traded from the Bucs, Talib has racked up five Pro Bowl appearances, a Super Bowl ring and he was with the Rams for last year’s Super Bowl loss against the Patriots. Those are Michael Bennett credentials right there.

Last week, Talib shut down Odell Beckham, Jr. in impressive fashion. The Browns’ stud receiver finished with six catches on nine targets for 56 yards and no touchdowns.

Will Talib match up Sunday against Mike Evans? That would be so much fun.

Talib has faced Evans and Jameis Winston previously, with the Broncos back in 2016 at the Den of Depression. Talib twice picked America’s Quarterback, and then celebrated with Bucs fans on the sidelines.

In the Broncos locker room after the game, their cornerbacks openly talked about how they knew Jameis would force balls to Evans and they didn’t have to bait Jameis.

Talib even said he knew what was coming on the first Jameis throw of that game, a near pick-6.

“Vincent Jackson was my man,” Talib said after that game. “He ran under. He got cut by the inside guy. And I knew they was going to throw a follow; it’s a route concept. So I kind of waited for [Harris] to run it, and jumped it. So good call by coach, man. We had a good idea of what they was going to run.”

“We watched the tape. We see how confident [Jameis] is with his arm. So we knew we would have 5-to-6 opportunities today to get our hands on a football.”

So what happens Sunday? The Rams have veteran, talented corners in Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib, but neither has a pick this season.

Joe will say what better happen; the Bucs better be able to run the ball. If they can’t, it’ll be one of those games where Jameis will be forced to be nearly flawless in his decision making through 45 or so dropbacks. That’s not the Bucs’ formula for winning, not against an efficient offense like the Rams’.

18 Responses to “When Jameis Last Faced Aqib Talib …”

  1. SteveK Says:

    Good point, Joe!

    I also fear for Jameis’ ability to hit tight windows: red zone passing, or hitting guys in stride enough to slow for YAC. Both of those things can be improved upon.

    It’s decision making+accuracy.

  2. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Perfect…ME takes their best corner…pass catchers are the strength of the offense…don’t force the ball to ME this game

  3. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Ol Talib scared the doo doo out of OBJ too and did something that the NFL and Gooodel couldnt do, forced OBJ to take off his jewelry when he faced Talib, in fear that Talib would snatch it. STUD….arians better watch out he might lose his kangol sunday

  4. JP_09 Says:

    Off topic, but what are the chances the Bucs trade for Patrick Peterson if they make it to the bye week at 3-3. He already knows the system, would only cost just over 7 mil this season and 12 next year and would be an immediate upgrade to the secondary.

    Anyhow this week is a big week for the TEs and slot receivers. ME13 and Godwin will see their share of single coverage, the question is will they get the separation and win the one on one battles?

    I expect the Rams to focus on shutting down the run and play man on Evans and Godwin forcing Winston to beat them

  5. BucsBandit Says:


    He’s played “so so” during the first 3 weeks this season but none of the Jameis Homers want to put any attention on the fact that it was against TERRIBLE TEAMS.

    The Rams are no Giants or Panthers.

  6. DB55 Says:

    Since getting traded from the Bucs, JAMEIS WINSTON has racked up five Pro Bowl appearances, a Super Bowl ring and he was with the PATROITS for last year’s Super Bowl WIN against the Patriots. Those are Michael Bennett credentials right there.
    Fixed it

  7. DB55 Says:

    I remember all the brainiac buc fans talking about Talib’s decision-making and and how they couldn’t wait to get rid of him bc he was buc material.

    Must admit they were 100% right. Talib a RN, theys don’t take too kindly to thems around these heer parts.

  8. 813bucboi Says:


    dude i like JW, only because he’s the QB of my favorite sports team…..

    but when/if JW leaves the bucs, he’ll be just like the other fsu QB’s that jimbo coached…..a career back-up or out the league…..

    ej manuel

    were all great HS QB’s….all were considered “winners”…..all flopped and busted all over the NFL……

    all of the loses havent been because of JW BUT JW has cost us games…..

    again, im rooting for JW to win and take us all the way while earning a fat contract but in 4 years he’s been MEH with some flashes…..

    GO BUCS!!!!!!

  9. pick6 Says:

    this mike evans is better than that mike evans
    this whole receiving corps is deeper and better than that group
    this defense is better than that defense
    which means this offense can be more balanced than that one

    i’d like to say this jameis is better than that jameis but it depends on the jameis that we get sunday. however, this it seems fair to say that jameis is in a much better position to succeed than that jameis

  10. unbelievable Says:

    The Rams have veteran, talented corners in Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib, but neither has a pick this season.

    Well, we know exactly what will happen then, unfortunately…

    The Bucs are the team that other teams play to get right, and end droughts like this.

  11. Anonymous Says:

    Put it in the hands of Jameis. 38-16 Rams. #3 gets two TDs, two INTs, and a fumble.

  12. Jean Lafitte Says:

    Joe seems worried.

    Is Joe’s confidence waning for what his beloved America’s QB might do?

    Is Jameis that darn predictable that even his staunchest fan is worried?

    The audition continues…

  13. BigHog Says:

    Every QB in this league is not a top notch player…but this is a team sport and my man FAMOUS is far from the worst …keep FAMOUS in Tampa if you can for the best outcome of our franchise! Please don’t listen to thes non knowledgeable game day jackasses!! I repeat THAT GUY lost that game BIGGLEY!!! but we lost as a team, FAMOUS will be ready to play ball SUNDAY!!

  14. Morgus the Magnificent Says:

    You meant INFAMOUS

  15. Loyaltotheend Section 312 Says:

    Talib might be this franchises best draft pick over the last 15 years too bad all his success was when he left here

  16. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Can anybody answer this question?

    Why can’t Talib find a team with his talent?

    He gave the Bucs no choice but to ship him after all the off field immaturity here.

    But then the Pats grab him…Bill Belicheat the man who supposedly can handle the unruly…quit on Talib after two seasons.

    Denver quit on him or at minimum didn’t think he was worth the $$$.

    And now his second year in LA. His fourth team in his career.

    He must be an incredible jerk to wear out his welcome everywhere considering his play on the field. I mean a major jerk. Again the Bucs at least had an excuse…but why did the Pats dump him after two…has Belicheat lost his touch? What happened in Denver.

    Talib is a major dik I hope he personally gets torched all by himself for two TD’s. And then I hope JW and ME go to the Rams sideline after the game to celebrate with the fans!!!!

  17. Gerald McBezos Says:

    ALL TIME INTs returned for TD:

    Rod Woodson+ 12 1987-2003 4TM
    Darren Sharper 11 1997-2010 3TM
    Charles Woodson11 1998-2015 2TM
    Aqib Talib 10 2008-2019 4TM
    Ken Houston+ 9 1967-1980 2TM
    Deion Sanders+ 9 1989-2005 5TM
    Aeneas Williams+ 9 1991-2004 2TM
    Eric Allen 8 1988-2001 3TM
    Ronde Barber 8 1997-2012 tam
    Charles Tillman 8 2003-2015 2TM

    Both Woodsons and Sharper spent plenty of time at safety.

    Talib = #1 all time among CBs.

  18. FortMyersDave Says:

    Vegas should have a side wager on over/under number of picks Talib gets (+/-0.5). Sometimes the Bucs seem to simply be a Sunday soap opera with the losses as predictable as the outcome of a Dusty Rhodes wrestling match back in the day…..