Re: What Difference Does Talib Make?
posted at 11/15/2012 12:08 PM EST
In response to zbellino's comment:
Just polling -- did they delete the polling feature or am I just missing it btw?
I am wondering myself what kind of a difference a player like Aquib Talib can make. When he came out, in the draft thread, I thought his skill-set (tackling, reading the QB, driving to the play/ball) were a fit for what BB has historically done in NE. He was drafted by another team. Several arrests/incidents later, he is carrying his baggage to NE's secondary -- which is in dire need of help, IMO.
At any given rate, I am excited by the possibility of having some real premium talent, and if he works out (plays to his potential given his history) he could be the Pats version of Orlando Cabrera (ha!), or better yet, like when they bolstered their offense in 2004 adding C Dills.
Just want to check what other people think those chances are. Homer glasses off. Football talk on.
OK. I don't want non-football replies. So, what I mean is: assume he is a boyscout and focused while he is here.
How much of a difference can you see him being from a skills perspective? I assume, as well, that he plays corner and they bump DMC back to safety.
- A) Does he lock down at least one WR for NE?
- B) Is he not lockdown, but the playmaker they desperately need back there?
- C) Is he just good, but the overall defense is improved by settling down the safety position at the same time via DMCs move?
- D) Is he merely competent? That is, marginal improvement at the position.
- E) He doesn't make a difference! TB cut bait for a skills reason!
no immediate impact unless they let him go man-to-man. If BB, Patricia, Boyer, flores continue to mostly play vanilla zone coverage - then I don't think there will be much impact overall (unless someone opposite of Jones is let loose and defensive play calling gets more aggressive)