Aqib Talib And Chris Long Explain Tom Brady Is “In For A Dogfight”

January 8th, 2021

Tom Brady’s good buddy and former teammate Aqib Talib, the helmet-wielding, cabbie-slugging, Adderrall-popping, coach-cussing, referee-charging, pistol-friendly, granny-hassling former Buccaneer, is confident the Bucs and Brady will have a challenging rumble with Washington on Saturday night.

Joe’s a huge fan of Talib’s Call To The Booth podcast. What’s more fun that Talib unleashed? Loads of football knowledge, no filter and a Mike Tyson-like voice at warp speed.

Talib was joined recently by retired defensive end Chris Long, a two-time Super Bowl winner and a former teammate of Brady.

They both agreed that Washington’s defensive line will change the Bucs’ electric offense.

“If you’re going to tame Tom in any way, it’s gotta be the D-line who gonna tame him. They gotta get on his ass,” Talib barked.

“I seen [the Eagles] do it and win a chip. I seen us [in Denver] do it and put him out of the playoffs. And the games that you see Tom rattled a little bit is definitely because the D-line, not blitzing really, a couple of blitzes but it’s got to be a four-man rush. Because he’ll tear your ass up if you don’t have a four-man rush. He’s just too smart against man coverage, too smart against zone coverage.”

Long says derailing Brady, aside from hitting him, is about making the Bucs protect with seven guys and have to “chip out.” And then maybe at the end of the game they won’t be able to protect if they’re forced to do it with fewer players.

Talib predicts the Bucs are “in for a dogfight” with the Bucs winning 31-21 on a late cover of the spread in a game that is closer than the final score. Long didn’t pick an exact score but predicts a high-scoring Bucs win, similar to Talib’s line.

This season began with the Bucs’ top priority being to protect Brady. That hasn’t changed, and it will be magnified on Saturday.

Tampa Bay legend Derrick Brooks and iconic Hall of Fame voter and columnist Ira Kaufman get after it in Episode II of TAMPA TWO this week. All the fun and wisdom is presented by The Identity Tampa Bay and Joe.

24 Responses to “Aqib Talib And Chris Long Explain Tom Brady Is “In For A Dogfight””

  1. SB : Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Not sure At All why you people are so afraid of a 7 and 9 team in the Worst division in football. They played the Eagles, Giants, and Cowboys twice each for Chrissakes!

    Again they have 47 sacks and 52 allowed
    We have 48 sacks and 22 allowed.

    We played Much harder competition

  2. Greg Says:

    Aside from the grammar totally agree with the assessment!

  3. View from 132 Says:

    True Story.

    A few years ago, during a scarcely attended Rays game, a friend and I got on the elevator at Tropicana Field. We rode up to the Press Level with a couple of random fans and Aqib Talib.

    My friend seemed in awe of Talib, and was still a little star struck when we all exited to go our own way. I said him, “I’m surprised you recognize him. I didn’t think you followed the Bucs that closely.”

    He says, “Recognize him? Are you kidding. EVERYBODY knows Snoop Dogg. That was SO COOL.”

  4. BucEmUp Says:

    SB, because they have a stellar defense, a qb who doesnt make mistakes and can make big plays when given to him. If the Bucs play tight coverage and.dont give them cushion to snap and throw quick it will be an easy win, but if they play loose washington will.control the clock.playing dink.and dunk. They are not a bad team

  5. BucEmUp Says:

    And had Smith started every game they wouldnt be a 7-9 team

  6. Snook Says:

    Wow. That’s amazing analysis. Pressure a QB to beat him. Eye opening stuff there.

  7. alton green Says:

    even though i’ve watched the NFL for approx 6 decades, i’m still confused. All i’ve been reading is how great the Whatcha mu callets defense is. Whatever happened to “defense wins championships” Also the Bucs defense is kickn a^% and their offense is on fire. Yet the commentators are saying 20-17, 21-14. The Bucs will SQUEEZ out a win. WHAT THE FRICK??????????? Reminds me of the lame stream media creating news. If we are that good and they are that bad, let’s kick some a^%. I’m sick of hearing about Chase Young. Oh Tompa has never faced a rookie or a great player. Send mim home with a hankie

  8. EA Says:

    How the bucs play against this D line will show us a lot moving forward.

  9. Bellingham Bucs Fan Says:

    Nothing I’d rather listen to than Derrick Brooks talk about the Bucs.

  10. Jimmay Says:

    Lmao that’s funniest thing I heard in a while

  11. SB : Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    My point is it is much easier to have a stellar D when you play trash.

  12. SB : Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    We have More sacks and have allowed Less sacks against Much better competition.

  13. Bird Says:


    That was banned. Of all the stuff here?

  14. SB : Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    It wasn’t actually ‘banned’ Bird.
    Welcome to ‘temporary moderation’. After 8 years of commenting I have been in it for 3 months.

    Nice post alton green!

  15. Tye Says:

    I keep hearing about this ‘scary’ front 7… Just 2 weeks ago the pitiful Panthers owned them and the Eagle had to turn to their backup to lose because the ‘Washington’ defense couldn’t get it done on their own…

    Bucs defense isn’t a factor… Ask Rogers why they lost to the Bucs!

  16. SlyPirate Says:

    31-21? Someone explain how WFT scores 21 on the Bucs when they’ve only eclipsed 21 four times all season?

  17. PSL Bob Says:

    The disrespect the Bucs’ O-line is getting ought to fire them up. Any motivation in the playoffs is greatly appreciated. Although having a TE and RB in to help with blocking always helps, I’m not sure it’s needed. Sure, the WFT’s D linemen will get through a few times during the game, but the way others portray it, Brady’s going to be on his arse every other passing down. I could be mistaken, but I just don’t think that’s going to happen. And forget the tight score. Washington’s offense is just not capable of putting up a lot of points. We don’t need to score 40 points to win this one, which means we can use a lot more quick, short passes and feed ROJO the ball much more than usual, both of which will defuse WTF’s pass rush.

  18. David Says:

    PSL BOB!
    Exactly what I was thinking. The Buccaneers o-line has been fantastic. All they’re hearing about all week is the Redskins D line and Chase Young. Aren’t there are 3 Bucs that have more sacks than him? Don’t get me wrong, he’s good, but he’s a rookie and the O-line should be fired up.

    I don’t think it is close. I think Gronk has a big game. I think ROJO Goes over 100 as they pound them in the second half.

    I also think the Bucs defense has been getting overlooked.

    Bucs win 34-16

  19. Joseph S Hannah Says:

    The Buccaneers still have so much deepening depth and secret weapons like Keyshawn Vaughn☆*~^! Bless this house

  20. Hodad Says:

    Smiths not playing. They’re starting a kid who’s name sounds like a foreign beer. How will this be a dogfight, when the deadskins can’t score?

  21. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    “I’m sick of hearing about Chase Young”

    Have to agree with that line. Young is a very good player, but he only had 7.5 sacks with great support around him. BUT, commentators have to talk about something, right? Thats why they are called commentators

    And they have somewhat of a point. The “whatchamacallits” are NOT the Lions. They have a great D. I predict they will slow us down, but we have the better talent and prevail. Yeah, I think a semi close score like they show above, about a 10-point Buc win. But NOT a “close win” at the end; just a little slower start and a gradual domination by our Bucs.

  22. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    ^^^ at least it is not like the totally stupid, ridiculous, what are you smoking observation from Deangelo Hall that TB is going to be sacked 10 times. How dumb

  23. Buc1987 Says:

    I predict the Bucs D wins the day…because the WFT’s O sucks.

    Go Bucs!!!

  24. Oneilbucs Says:

    We going to the superbowl I’m calling it right now !!! Go bucs !!!