Bill Belichick has high praise for Aqib Talib: ‘He’s at the very top in terms of competitors’

Ryan Hannable
January 28, 2019 - 3:58 pm

Bill Belichick only coached Aqib Talib for a year and a half in New England, but the current Rams cornerback left a lasting impression.

“He was great to coach,” Belichick said on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria Monday. “He’s a great player and he’s very, very competitive. Ultra-competitive. You might [not] know a guy is competitive until you’re with him day-to-day and you can’t put an exact value on that, or qualify it.

"But, he’s at the very top in terms of competitors. I am sure he will play hard this week.”

Talib was traded to the Patriots from Tampa Bay in 2012, but was not brought back after the 2013 season when he signed with the Broncos as a free agent.

The cornerback is known for his outgoing and direct personality, which Belichick seemed to appreciate.

“He’s funny. [Our conversations] were great,” he said. “He would speak directly. There was no read between the lines. He was pretty clear.”

Talib and the Rams will go up against the Patriots in Super Bowl LIII Sunday night in Atlanta.

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