Aqib Talib Says Carlton Davis Will Become A Top-5 Cornerback, Bucs & Chiefs Are Identical

January 30th, 2021

Five-time Pro Bowl cornerback and former Buccaneer Aqib Talib is now a rising media star hosting one of Joe’s favorite podcasts: Call To The Booth.

Nobody calls it straighter than Talib, and he does a lot of homework.

Hanging out this week on The Jim Rome Podcast, Talib talked about how much he watches Bucs cornerback Carlton Davis. And Talib was adamant that Davis has everything it takes to be a top-5 NFL corner and that he will get there.

Still, Talib said, that doesn’t mean the Bucs should put Davis on an island with Tyreek Hill like they did two months ago, when Hill torched the Bucs for more than 200 yards in the first quarter.

For Talib, the Bucs have to double Hill all game because he’s the toxic combination for defenses: incredibly shifty with the best straight-line speed in football.

“Carlton Davis … his confidence and his heart match with his skill,” Talib said. That’s what it takes to be a Top-5 corner in the league, and he has all that. But you see, they left him to treat Tyreek Hill like he was regular, you cannot do that. It’s impossible to do that. I don’t care who’s guarding him.”

Zone defense or man defense, Talib says it won’t matter much what the Bucs play in the Super Bowl — and the same goes for the Chiefs.

“It’s two teams [in the NFL] that got the perfect quarterback for zone, the perfect quarterback for man [defense] and the weapons around them to not allow [a defense] to play man,” Talib said.

“And then both of these teams like to man on defense. It’s like two identical teams, man. It’s tough. It’s tough. It’s the young Tom Brady versus Tom Brady himself, you know what I’m saying?”

Talib is a former teammate of Brady and says, “I’m the biggest Tom Brady fan in the world.” But he’s slowly leaning toward the Chiefs having just a little to much for the Bucs, including in the coaching department.

22 Responses to “Aqib Talib Says Carlton Davis Will Become A Top-5 Cornerback, Bucs & Chiefs Are Identical”

  1. Godlovesbucs Says:

    I absolutely agree witb him. And i think dean and smb compliment well. One plays it safe and one is a risk taker. When they are all healthy they have shut people down. Dean was hurt in the rams and chiefs game, the d’s 2 worst outings.

  2. NaplesBucsFan Says:

    The Bucs D adjusted last time they played…the O was still figuring things out, only reason we lost that game and the Rams game. Brady and the O have figured it out over the last 7 games and the D has figured it out the last 2 games. Everybody talks about the Chiefs offense being too much to stop. HELLO, The Bucs have scored 30+ each playoff game and they have played two of the top Ds!!!! So I wanna know, HOW DOES KC PLAN TO STOP THE BRADY LED BUCS OFFENSE?!?!?! Did no one take note of how the Browns played hard and gave the KC D a challenge?!?! Bucs have the second highest scoring offense for the entire year. So tell me why we should be worried? The Bucs almost pulled it out last time and that was with a lot of short falls on both sides of the ball. Those short falls have been strengthened since that game! I like G McCoy’s prediction that the Bucs win by at least 10. Gonna show the world just how good this team really is!!!
    GO BUCS!!!!

  3. NaplesBucsFan Says:

    BTW, how a player played in the past is not important in the playoffs. Playoffs is when you should be peaking and several defensive players are peaking, as is the entire D!!!

  4. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Man I would love for our D to intercept one of Reid’s shovel passes, or blow up a trick play and take it to the house.., just sayin.

    He is one Heck of a coach. Ballsy.

  5. NaplesBucsFan Says:

    Fun fact: Bucs offense has averaged 34ppg since the Chiefs game…Mic drop!!

  6. TampaTown Says:

    Someone has to punch that little fu¢ker Hill in the mouth. Not helmet to helmet but maybe throw an elbow under his jaw. I’m still pi$$ed about his “help is on the way” punk a$$

  7. Bob in Valrico Says:

    The offense clicked very well last week in the first half. Credit also goes to the defense who made some amazing plays to set up the offense with short fields in a lot of our victories this year. When the defense gets turnovers,
    our offense is very opportunistic.

  8. Jmarkbuc Says:


    What’s worse is it’s not even original.

    Shannon Sharpe did it years ago.

  9. Miller5252 Says:

    Can’t be too mad at Hill for the “help is on the way” comment, you use it. Just like Young and the “I want Brady” and the Saints dancing all over your stadium and eating them W’s. Thank Hill…. keep hanging all that material all over the locker room with the Steve Smith comments and every other “analyst” that said the Bucs were garbage. Brady’s been using the Belicheat hate as fuel to bury everyone’s nose in it. Win the Super Bowl and thank them all!

  10. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    I have slight concerns about Andy Reid and his ability to design a successful offense with this second week. With that being said, I like the Bucs to bring it home. My biggest concern over this playoffs was the WFT. I knew we would beat NOLA since Brees couldn’t throw the ball 20 yards downfield. I knew we would beat GB because Rodgers is a frontrunner. Put some pressure on him, get ahead and he’s done.
    We’ll beat KC because we are a team of destiny, Mahomes has a turf toe and he is missing both tackles. Spy Devin White on him. Double Hill, jam him off the line – no free release. Watch Kelse. If you take those two somewhat out of the game, the Chiefs aren’t all that special. Edwards-Helaire will not run on this defense.

  11. OBF Says:

    I am a bit nervous with the bubbly young DB’s .. Chiefs are very very dangerous and learned as much from the Bucs come back last meeting as the Bucs . I am worried about how the young DB’s are handling the attention and flattery

  12. Bird Says:

    Go back and watch the packers game. It seemed like every big play was against carlton davis

    I like him a lot dont get me wrong. But he is so up and down.
    Top 5 is a big stretch right now. Top 15- 20 . Ok
    He will get better. Well we hope

  13. adam from ny Says:

    so lets see…

    if carlton starts using his helmet like a weapon, and slams a cabbie’s face into the windshield, then he is well on his way to becoming one of the leagues best corneres???

    heck..i like it ! 🙂

  14. Leighroy Says:

    Davis has stepped up, but come on; top 5? Ramsey, Gilmore, Peterson, Lattimore, Peters, White, Alexander, and probably a few more to squeez him out of top 10 for sure. I’ll give him top 15 bc I’m a homer, but let’s be real.

    Has the top 5 stuff? Ok sure. Has displayed the top 5 stuff? Yes but not consistently…. yet.

  15. adam from ny Says:

    years 4, 5 and 6 are when he should be this top 5 corner…

    if it’s going to happen…

    so here we go

  16. WhatTheBuc Says:

    I think we may have Dean cover Hill this time around with safety help. Dean is much faster even though Davis is our best corner. That will also free up Davis to cover Kelcey or a number 2 receiver.

  17. Jmarkbuc Says:

    OBF and Leighroy

    Don’t be making sense like that around mark2001…

    He’ll call you a Saints fan and imply you don’t have a clue what you’re talking about.

  18. Bradybucs Says:

    LOLZ @ All the hype right now for Davis and SMB.

    Davis probably isn’t even a Top 20 corner. A top corner doesn’t get embarrassed for 200 yards in the 1st quarter, or 50 yard TDs from Rodgers during the NFC Championship. He has regularly been burned.

    Same with SMB. Yeah he’s played well during the playoffs but that’s masking his play during the entire season that saw him regularly burned when he was out of position or took bad angles.

    Homers will say I should be happy we’re close to a Super Bowl win and of course I am. I’ve been a fan of this team they started in 76. I was in San Diego for our 2003 win.

    But anyone that thinks our corners are suddenly top notch are delusional. We have a bottom tier secondary.

    If we don’t bring the heat on Mahomes they’ll get torched all game and that would mean our Offense has to score nearly every possession to be able to keep it close.

    These guys are NOT top corners but can play great games next weekend and give us a chance to win.

  19. Architek Says:

    It turns out many people aren’t as high on BA as a HC as we thought. Do we care, no. They said the same things about Andy Reid before he married Mahomes.

  20. Ernie Froehlich Says:

    Seriously? Come on man. Give me a break.
    Carlton Davis played like crap against Grren Bay.
    Green Bays receivers ran circles around him and he couldn’t tackle them because they out muscled him leaving him flat on his face
    planted into the turf. And makes a helmet to helmet hit on one of the Green Bays player.
    Obviously Talib didn’t watch the game like the rest of us did.
    Carlton Davis in NFL standards is an average cornerback.
    Dean has way more potential.
    And this is coming from a Bucs fan that has been a fan ever since
    Against a very good NFL receiver, Carlton Davis is a step to slow
    or positioned out of place or fails in his assignment in coverage.
    Remember when Jamieson Winston took advantage
    of Carlton Davis’s failure to stick to his assignment in the
    Bucs Saints game and let a receiver run down field
    wide open for an easy unopposed touchdown?
    I am surprised the Bucs got this far in the season
    because Cartin Davis is no Ronde Barber.
    But that’s just my two cents. For whatever it is worth.
    Let the butt chewing begin!!

  21. Mike28277 Says:

    Couldn’t agree more. To me, this comes down to schemes, execution and mismatches and Reid is like 19-3 with 2 weeks to prepare.

  22. Colin Casey Says:

    Talib wasnt that good is matter a fact he talked trash and couldnt take when got beat hhhaaa retired cuz nobody wants his sorry ass