White Would Rather See Talib Than Barber
November 03, 2010 at 12:00pm by Scott • 2 Comments »
The Falcons have a plan to beat the Bucs. A PLAN! It’s a crafty one, filled with nuance and strategy that would make the lovechild of Alexander the Great and Sun Tzu cower in fear and beg for absolution.
“If we hit them [the deep throws], we won’t have any problems the rest of the game,” White said.
Throw deep. I can’t believe Roddy White just up and gave it out to the public. That’s like the Girl Scouts giving up the Thin Mints recipe. It’s quite a unique and interesting position for a #1 wide receiver on an NFL team to take. All Matt Ryan has to do is huck the ball as far as he can and they’ll win 59-0. Of course, Aqib Talib is on track to have more than ten interceptions this season, but that doesn’t bother White. Hell, he’d rather have Talib covering him than Ronde Barber anyway.
“On the other side of the ball, you have a guy who’s made [five] Pro Bowls,” White said. “Talib he [hasn’t] made [any]. I’d rather go against Talib than the guy who watches film and is real crafty and knows that if the inside receiver goes to the flat, then he’s going to jump the inside route.”
First, let’s keep in mind that Barber didn’t go to his first Pro Bowl until 2001, his fifth season. Talib is only in his third season and well ahead of where Barber was at this point in his career. Second, the Bucs don’t let Talib in the film room? He’s not also aware of how to break on a pass to the flat? Oh man, I really hope White continues to underestimate Talib right through to Sunday. Talib is every bit as athletic as White and, at least from what we can tell from the Cardinals game, has gotten over his whole give-up-one-big-play-per-game thing. So go ahead and keep poking the bear, Roddy.
UPDATE: Aqib Talib was just announced at the NFC Defensive Player of the Week. Suck on that, Rod. Or suck on that rod. Whichever.