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CB Talib 'not consistent,' according to Bucs coach Morris



Aqib Talib is known as a play-maker on defense and leads the team with three interceptions. But the third-year cornerback, who was suspended for the first game, has given up a touchdown pass in each of the four games he has played.

It started in Week 2, Talib's first game of the season, when he was beaten in man coverage on a 37-yard touchdown pass by Panthers receiver Steve Smith. The next week against the Steelers, Talib had a pass bounce off his hands in the end zone and Steelers receiver Mike Wallace caught the deflection for a 41-yard score. Bengals receiver Terrell Owens beat Talib on a 41-yard bomb for a touchdown, even though he atoned for the mistake with a critical fourth quarter interception.

Finally, last week Talib yielded a 41-yard TD pass to the Saints' Lance Moore. Two other times, Talib was in zone coverage when receivers ran past him and eventually hauled in touchdown passes.

Coach Raheem Morris says Talib must erase the negative plays if he wants to be considered great.

"Not consistent,'' Morris said. "He’s playing smart. He’s playing fast. He’s playing hard, but he’s not playing consistent right now. Once he gets his consistency going he’ll be one of the best cornerbacks in the league. Until he does that he won’t be considered the best, he’ll be considered a very good athlete, a very good player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but if he can get consistent and eliminate that one play that seems to give up every week right now he’ll be there. I got a lot of confidence in him. I know how hard he works. Ronde Barber said it best we are not guys to sit around here and hide flaws. I don’t tell you guys all the time cause I don’t want you guys to talk about it. We go and watch that stuff in our rooms and he is a very prideful young man, and I guarantee you that his pride and his ego will not allow him to go out and continue to make those types of mistakes, and he won’t. I got a lot of confidence in him.”

[Last modified: Thursday, October 21, 2010 9:31am]


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