Aqib Talib could be the answer the Patriots have been looking for at cornerback
The Patriots traded for (no longer) suspended cornerback Aqib Talib on Thursday, improving their atrocious secondary and getting what could be a shut-down corner. They gave up a 2013 4th rounder, and also received a 2013 7th rounder. Talib has had his fair share of run ins with the law, but we all know how Belicheck can change a players mindset and get the most potential out of him (see: Corey Dillon, Randy Moss).
Now before I show you a brief text conversation between my buddy Klaiber and I about two weeks ago, I’d like to warn you and apologize for the incorrect grammar (not really).
Me: Dude we shud get Aqib Talib from Tampa Bay. He’s a shutdown corner and he’s only 26.
Klaiber: Yeah didn’t he win defensive back of the year a few years ago? I’m sick of McCourty and Arrington forgetting how to turn their head when the ball comes. Its getting old.
Me: Don’t forget the great Sterling Moore who hasn’t made a single play since January. Talib is a bit of a head case, but when has that stopped us? You wanna win you listen to Bill.
Klaiber: I wish we could somehow call Kraft and Belicheck and tell them something like this needs to be done because this secondary ain’t cuttin’ it.
Two weeks later, here we are. After getting torched by below average quarterbacks such as Kevin Kolb, Russell Wilson, and Mark Sanchez (worst in the league in my opinion), Belicheck decided that the secondary was in fact not cutting it. This move not only gives the Patriots a potential shut down corner in Talib, but it also opens up the defensive play calling and allows us to rotate a few players in some different positions.
If Talib can be that shut down corner type of player, Belicheck and company will finally be able to run some more blitzes and throw some different looks at teams. We hopefully won’t have to worry about putting 7 men back in coverage and giving the quarterback all the time in the world to beat us. Now we can send Brandon Spikes at the quarterback on passing situations here and there.
The main question as far as what this move means for the rest of the secondary is will Kyle Arrington stay at starting cornerback and Devin McCourty move to safety permanently? I hope the answer is yes, because although Arrington has been an absolutely huge disappointment this season, I still think he has the tools to be a solid cornerback. He has shown it in the past, and this move should surely light a fire up under him. I’ve also liked what I’ve seen from McCourty at safety so far. Yes, he struggles at times and is extremely inconsistent, but I think he has brains to make the switch and be successful. His football IQ is high, he just needs to put it all together.
Aqib means “the last one” in Arabic. Is it me, or does it seem like Talib is the last one piece the Patriots need to bring home that fourth ring.