Tampa reporter: Talib has 'volatile' personality


Tampa reporter: Talib has 'volatile' personality

Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat writer Rick Stroud joined "SportsNet Central" to talk about the cornerback the Patriots just acquired from the Bucs, Aqib Talib.

Talib has been a consistent performer on the field, but has run into some off the field problems that have led to suspensions.

"He's a very effective corner," Stroud said. "He's taken on some of the No. 1 receivers in the league and shut them down."

That should be a boost for the Patriots struggling secondary.

"He's an agressive guy who is going to jump some routes, make plays on balls and can set the edge in the running game," Stroud said.

Playing the game, Stroud said, has "always been the easy part" for Talib, Stroud said.

Talib has a well-documented history of doing things that have kept them off the field. It's all part of what Stroud called a "volatile" personality the cornerback has.

Still, since new coach Greg Schiano has taken over in Tampa Bay, Talib has shown some improvement in his behavior. He has stuck around Tampa and the Bucs complex, rather than travel back to his hometown of Dallas, where he's gotten into trouble in the past.

The Bucs knew they weren't going to re-sign Talib after this season anyway, Stroud said, and couldn't pass up the Pats' offer of a fourth- and seventh-round pick for the troubled corner.

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.

"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.

"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.

Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."

Koppen: Antonio Brown should know locker room isn’t time for Facebook posts

Koppen: Antonio Brown should know locker room isn’t time for Facebook posts

Former NFL player Dan Koppen says the team locker room after a win is a sacred place and that Steelers WR Antonio Brown should know not to be posting on Facebook.