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Schiano's 'trust us' statement did not mean Bucs had already decided on trade

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Bucs coach Greg Schiano said the team had not decided to part with cornerback Aqib Talib when he issued his 'trust us,' statement shortly after Talib's suspension.

In fact, Schiano said the deal Thursday which sent Talib and a seventh-round choice in 2013 to the Patriots in exchange for a fourth-rounder wasn't on the radar until just before the trade deadline.

"The NFL is as fluid a situation as there is and things change day to day,'' Schiano said. "I'm not a fortune teller, I can't tell you. And that's when I get in front of you guys, I hate these iron clad statements because I don't know what tomorrow holds. I probably shouldn't say things like, "Trust us. Why? They don't know me yet.' But the whole point to that one and if you look back what I said it in reference to is that we're going to do what we truly believe is the best thing for the organization.

"And you know, nobody is right all the time. You know that. But when I say that, what I mean is we're going to do everything we can within our control and with all our intelligence to make the best decision for the organization. That's really kind of what I meant. There's no way I could predict what the situation would be right before the trade deadline. I didn't know that.''

Schiano said up until Talib was suspended for taking Adderall, he was pleased with his effort and performance.

"I got to tell you this, the time I was here, other than this incident here where he was suspended, I enjoyed, really enjoyed coaching Aqib and for me, he worked his tail off,'' Schiano said. "Everybody didn't play great at times and didn't coach great at times, but as far as what he did for us while was here -- and I've said it many times, I'm not naive to what happened before -- I do appreciate it and I wish him well going forward.''

[Last modified: Friday, November 2, 2012 1:53pm]

    

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