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Schiano sounds willing to give Talib a clean slate next season



Bucs coach Greg Schiano knows the troubled past of cornerback Aqib Talib and hopes his pending felony assault case in Texas next month will be resolved in his favor.

"He tells me it will,'' Schiano said.

Schiano said he met with Talib recently and sounds willing to wipe the slate clean. In fact, Schiano believes Talib can benefit from some of the expectations he will place on all players.

"I had a great meeting with him and we just kind of talked about life for a little bit,'' Schiano said. "I know there’s been some things in the past. But at the end of the day, the legal stuff that’s going on right now, hopefully that will get resolved. He tells me it will.

"Then from there, we’re just going to go. Every guy on this football team will know our expectations. There won’t be any, "Well, I thoughts.’ I think most of the time, frustration comes out as the result of unfulfilled expectations, my frustration and theirs. So if you make the expectations clear, then discipline really isn’t discipline, it’s a choice. You knew if you did this, everything is cool and if you don’t, there’s going to be consequences. That, to me, is not that complicated. But you have to make sure you’re very, very clear on what it is your expectations are.''

Talib is scheduled to stand trial in March in Dallas County on charges of assault with a deadly weapon stemming from his involvement in a shooting in Garland, Texas a year ago. If convicted, Talib could face a suspension from the NFL.



[Last modified: Thursday, February 23, 2012 3:22pm]


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