Jun 10, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib (21) runs a play during mini camp drills at the Broncos practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Aqib Talib on facing Tom Brady, Dallas police


Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib is one of the cornerstone players on a defense that should be one of the best in the game next year. They are stacked in the secondary with Talib, rookie Bradley Roby, and elite slot corner Chris Harris Jr. covering receivers, and the safety duo of Rahim Moore and T.J. Ward is the third best in the NFL. Von Miller, Danny Trevathan, Terrance Knighton, DeMarcus Ware, and Sylvester Williams are five big names to watch for on the front seven, and the Broncos have the depth to withstand a few big injuries, as long as the bug doesn’t hit them nearly as hard as it did last year. But with even better players in 2014, the Broncos might be able to withstand it this time around.

Talib stated earlier this offseason that he thinks Peyton Manning is a better quarterback than Tom Brady, whom he enjoyed going up against during practice while with the New England Patriots. Those comments unsurprisingly created a lot of buzz, but they honestly didn’t mean much. I mean, did you really expect him to say that the quarterback on his current team was worse? No, Talib seems like the kind of guy who will stand up for his guy, because it’s pretty darn clear that he has an awful lot of respect for Brady and enjoyed his time with No. 12 on the Patriots.

The Broncos and Patriots will face off yet again next year on the 2nd of November, and Talib told the Boston Herald’s Adam Kurkjian that he’s looking forward to facing Brady again, “Definitely, man. It will be a lot of fun. (Tom Brady is) probably one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. Anytime you get a chance to play against a guy like that, man, it’s always fun.”

Talib is a gamer, and he definitely loves going up against great players and having that type of a challenge. I’m sure it will be fun for him to go up against his friend in an actual game in a reunion-type affair against the Pats.

Earlier this offseason, Dallas police erroneously tweeted that Talib had been arrested, when it was in fact his brother who had been arrested. The false news of Talib’s arrest created a firestorm, since he had some major off-field troubles while with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before turning things around after a trade to- and success with- the strict Patriots.

However, Talib says he holds no ill-will against the Dallas police after the false arrest that briefly hurt his perception, “No, definitely not. That doesn’t happen too much. But that’s some hard-working guys in Dallas. They were just doing their job and they made a mistake, an honest mistake, man. It happens sometimes, man.”

Good outlook right there.

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  • trinity

    Denver is going to be scary this season. last year it was more like that ridiculous offense was somewhat carrying the defense. the Broncos finished tied for 7th against the run, but the pass defense was terrible. Now they have a defense that has the potential to be elite in its own right. Plus that offense stands to be even better than last year, as insane as that is to contemplate. I always try to mix it up with my superbowl picks, and try to pick a sleeper team. But honestly i don’t see anyone in the AFC stopping the Broncos. I have respect for Brady, flacco, rothliesberger, and luck is getting there. but I think Denver is just way too much. Only the defenses of Seattle or San Francisco can stop these guys from winning it all.

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      I think the Broncos defense would have been a sure-fire top ten unit had injuries not reared their ugly head, because they had talent on that side of the ball last year. But this year, they are just a whole different animal. I’m not sure if the offense will be better next year, but it could be if Montee Ball ends up blowing up as a second-year pro, as that’s a distinct possibility. There are still four elite teams in he NFL right now, and I think the Saints could join them. The Packers and others make the “very good” list, but I would agree that it’s difficult to see a team other than the Patriots sticking with the Broncos next year. Honestly, I think New England is the only team that can keep up with them, even though the Bengals are incredibly deep and the Colts have a high-powered offense.

      • trinity

        I think montee will do well as long as he holds onto the ball. that’s the thing about playing with Peyton. you don’t need an elite running game or an elite defense. They can just be solid. I think the offense will be even better because of how they replaced Decker. Emanuel sanders and drafting Cody Latimer. Julias Thomas is who I think will really break out this upcoming season. Last year he mostly got by on athleticism. but he’s said that he’s starting to understand even more now, and i think he’ll be one of the top tight ends in the game next season.

        If the Bengals had a quarterback, i would put them ahead of New England. that’s how good they are. But with Dalton leading the charge, not so much. You’re right, I don’t see the colts either. They can’t even beat New England, and New England isn’t better than Denver. It’s going to be cool to see what happens!