Originally written on Patriots Life  |  Last updated 10/29/14
Close friend and former coach of Aqib Talib defends Talib’s work ethic saying the story coming out from the Patriots organization “doesn’t make sense to me.” Mark Mangino coached Talib in Kansas and said Talib loved the preparation portion of practice and that he worked hard during the drills, weight lifting and mental preparation every week. Of course the news broke about Talib’s work ethic a few days ago, but Mangino isn’t buying it, perhaps even calling out the organization for trying to bring Talib’s value down in free agency. Mangino remains close friends with Talib and cannot fathom the thought of Talib not putting everything he has into the game “Talib loves.” Mangino recalls his time coaching Talib saying “He enjoyed practice time. He hustled, made plays, did all of his drill work full speed, played hard in the games, did what was asked of him in the weight room, got bigger and stronger when he was with us. I find that a little hard to believe.” Coach Mangino knows that...
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