The Panthers star receiver and Patriots star cornerback went after it throughout the first half. On the Panthers’ touchdown drive in the first quarter, Smith caught two passes for 47 yards. He also helped his team gain 15 yards thanks to the unnecessary roughness penalty Talib committed by holding onto Smith’s leg (as seen in the GIF at the top).
The New England Patriots have long had a reputation for bringing in troubled players and getting the most of them on the field. That is, until one of their best players was arrested and charged with murder.
On Sunday night, NBC’s Cris Collinsworth was discussing the fantastic game cornerback Aqib Talib had against the Atlanta Falcons. He seemed to forget about the most shocking drama of the NFL offseason.
“We all know about Aqib Talib and his history and what happened in Tampa,” Collinsworth said during the Sunday Night Football broadcast. “All Bill Belichick does is bring them in here and there hasn’t been one ounce of a problem. There’s something about when they come in and play for the Patriots. Whatever their issues were before, they disappear.”
We know the point Collinsworth was trying to make. Talib is known for things like getting into fights with teammates and not going to class in college. Despite that, he has been nothing but a shutdown corner for New England since he was acquired via trade last season. Other players like Corey Dillon and Randy Moss, who caused locker room problems elsewhere, were able to do the same for the Patriots.
However, Hernandez has pretty much put a damper on the entire thing. Belichick and company knew Hernandez liked to smoke weed and had a history of hanging out with a rough crowd, but they drafted him and signed him to a $40 million contract anyway. Now, he is awaiting trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd and could be linked to a separate double murder. It sure sounded like Collinsworth momentarily forgot about that.
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Nobody was more pleased with Aqib Talib’s performance against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night than Aqib Talib.
After breaking up a pass intended for Roddy White on 4th down in the final minute, Talib went over to the New England Patriots’ bench to take a load off knowing he had just won the game for his team. Dude crossed his legs, spread his s— out, and just kicked back on the bench. All he was missing was a cigar in his mouth and a hot tub with bubbles. I asked for that via Twitter, and folks delivered.
Here’s what we got:
The Buccaneers traded Talib and a 7th-round pick in this year’s draft to the Patriots for a 4th-round pick in 2014.
Talib, a fifth-year cornerback, is serving a four-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy for taking Adderall. He’s already sat out three games, but the Patriots are on their bye. That means Talib will likely miss New England’s first game back from the bye in Week 10 against the Bills.
The trade seems to make sense from both sides.
Talib has had a rash of off-field problems aside from the PED suspension. He was indicted last year for shooting at his sister’s boyfriend, he got into a fight at the rookie symposium in 2008, and he fought a teammate in 2009. New Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano was probably delighted to get rid of the problem child for something of good value.
Meanwhile, Patriots coach Bill Belichick seems to have fallen in love with players who have character issues that he hopes he can fix. The plan worked so well with Randy Moss that New England acquired Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochoinco, who both turned out to be busts for the Pats. Belichick will hope for a better result from Talib, who has proven he can be one of the top cover corners in the league.
New England is ranked 28th in the league in passing yards and passing touchdowns allowed. That’s probably why they figured Talib was worth the gamble despite being in the final year of his contract.
In the wake of all the trouble Aqib Talib has caused for himself since coming into the NFL, we’re glad to see he is working to clean up his image. Instead of getting into fights with teammates or assaulting cab drivers, Talib has turned his attention to making guest appearances at parties that everyone is more than welcome to attend. Making a name for himself in the community by attending events could be a great way for Aqib to change the opinion of some of his critics. Wait, the event he’s a spokesman for is a Halloween party called the “Coon-O-Ween?” Never mind, scratch all that.
What a moron. How a person could actually go through with something like that amazes me. Not only that, but the promotion you see above was featured in the Florida Sentinel Bulletin in Tampa Bay according to Media Take Out. I can’t wait to hear the spin that people try to put on this one by saying there was a raccoon on the flyer and the name has nothing to do with racism. On second thought, it’s Aqib Talib. Why would he even bother? As a side not, “Aquib” is spelled incorrectly, so I suppose his name could have been included without permission. That seems doubtful given his history.
Thanks to Deadspin for pointing out the incredibly ignorant story.
To say that Aqib Talib has a troubled past would be an understatement. His mother has been in and out of prison and in trouble with the law on numerous occasions. Talib has been in multiple fights over the last few years and was suspended for a game last season after punching a cabbie. Most recently, he found himself at the center of a shooting involving his mother and sister’s boyfriend. He was released from jail on Wednesday after posting $25,000 bail and has “vigorously denied” any allegations against him for having shot a gun.
Despite all his hardships, former Kansas defensive coordinator Clint Bowen said Talib is extremely bright — so bright that he maintained a passable GPA without going to any of his classes.
“He tries to do that whole street thing, but don’t let that fool you,” Bowen said. “He’s very smart. I don’t think he ever went to a single class, but he still got a 2.7 (GPA) at Kansas.”
Aqib Talib may be a knuckle head, but that guy sure can play. And if he bowled, we’d say he sure can roll. The Buccaneers got a bad break when Talib went down in the second half of Sunday’s loss to the Falcons. The former first-round pick had six interceptions in 11 games and has been establishing himself as one of the best cornerbacks in the league. In fact, after missing the first game of the year due to a suspension, he had an interception in three straight games.
St. Petersburg Times reporter Rick Stroud wrote on Monday that “CB Aqib Talib will miss the rest of the season for the Bucs with a hip injury. No surgery, but he tore a tendon from the bone.” Tore a tendon off the bone? That sure reminds me of Nomar Garciaparra’s groin injury in 2005. Luckily surgery won’t be needed but rest will be required.
After blowing a 10-point lead in the 4th quarter against the Falcons, the Bucs are now 7-5. Their chances of winning the NFC South are slim considering the Falcons are 10-2 and the Saints are 9-3. Additionally, the 8-4 Packers are ahead of them in the Wild Card race and not even in the playoffs as of now! The Bucs are at the Redskins then home vs. the Lions and Seahawks before closing out the year at New Orleans. A 10-win season is still possible, but not having their top corner guy will make it much more difficult to stop opposing offenses.