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Don’t Let The Door Hit You On The Way Out

November 01, 2012 at 04:57pm by Scott   •  10 Comments »

At the 11th hour of the trade deadline, the Bucs traded Aqib Talib to New England. Talib was a troubled player who is one Adderall pill away from a year-long suspension, so even though we don’t know what the Patriots gave up to get him, I’m going to guess it was somewhere between a donkey and a seventh-round pick. Maybe two donkeys.

But seriously, good. The Bucs’ secondary is a weak spot right now (which is strange to say since the Bucs started with season with about 50 DBs) and Talib was having a pretty strong season up until his suspension. But Talib was a loose cannon in a couple different ways and character counts for something. If Greg Schiano was going to have any credibility that his “Buc way” included discipline accountability, he couldn’t have a guy like Talib around. I was surprised when he said they’d welcome Talib back after his suspension, and it turns out that wasn’t the case. This is the year to do it and start getting young players like Leonard Johnson a ton of reps so he can take over next year when expectations are higher. I think this is a great move.

(No time to add a banner pic just right now — I’ll do it later tonight.)

10 Comments to “Don’t Let The Door Hit You On The Way Out”


Louie (November 01, 2012 at 05:18pm:

Can’t complain about this trade — especially since we got a 4th round instead of a 7th for him. I expected Talib to have a really good season with the new coaching staff and it’s just really didn’t happen.

I really didn’t think it would happen with Wright rumored to be going on suspension.


BaldBuc4055 (November 01, 2012 at 07:04pm:

Might as well get rid of him and get something for him instead of just letting him walk away for nothing. Although it hurts in the short-term since Wright will be gone for four games, it will do long-term wonders for the culture change that Schiano has brought to the Bucs.


babsc01 (November 01, 2012 at 10:18pm:

I’m glad to see him gone, but would like to have seen us get more for him. When he’s on, he’s on. But we don’t need the off-field distractions. I wish him the best of luck with the Pats, but he’s gotta clean up his act if he wants to remain with them.


Louie (November 01, 2012 at 10:40pm:

What really sucks about this is that we, as fans, had high hopes for the 2nd half of the season after that big win at Minnesota. But with the loss of Nicks and to a lesser extent Talib, and no trade to bring in any help, it’s clear the team is already looking toward the future.

Its going to be hard to improve as the season progresses (much less make a playoff run) when starters keep disappearing.

worker b

worker b (November 01, 2012 at 10:52pm:

They beat Minnesota without Talib and I’m not sure Nicks played all that great that night, either. Fear not!

Matt Price

Matt Price (November 01, 2012 at 11:34pm:

I’m feeling positive. Sure, there have been some rough spots for the team, but I really feel like they are headed in the right direction, like they can win any game now and like they are getting better by leaps and bounds.

Compare that to the Morris Era where each week brought a new low. I’m excited no matter how they do this year record-wise.


Glen_Runciter (November 02, 2012 at 03:51am:

this is a great move.
I was already getting comfortable with just letting him walk, didn’t think someone is gonna trade for him.
the Pats love to turn assholes into gentlemen, it’s part of their image, so hey, let them have fun with him.


avanderlay (November 04, 2012 at 09:24pm:

Holy crap, Doug Martin. I submit that any clickys over the next week just be shots of 22 toting the rock against the Vikings or Raiders. Im in total full-on man crush/lust mode after that display.


campyone (November 05, 2012 at 05:11pm:

Who needs DBs when we have Doug Martin?

Matt Price

Matt Price (November 05, 2012 at 06:36pm:

Yeah, the Raiders suck, but still… we haven’t dominated anyone like that in a couple years now. And that’s on the road after another road domination. This team has massive potential!!!

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