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Chris Hovan blasts Bucs for their handling of Aqib Talib

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Raheem Morris wasn’t the coach and Mark Dominik wasn’t the General Manager when the Buccaneers used a first-round draft pick on cornerback Aqib Talib.  (Yes, the great incoming-player oracle Jon Gruden somehow didn’t spot Talib’s character flaws.)  But both Morris and Dominik inherited their jobs — and Talib — in early 2009, and some think that they have failed to hold him properly accountable for his actions.

One person who feels that way, strongly, is former Bucs defensive tackle Chris Hovan.  In an interview on WQYK in Tampa (via JoeBucsFan.com), Hovan unloaded on the coach and the front office for enabling Talib’s behavior.

“How many strikes does Aqib get?” Hovan said.  “I mean, really?  He beats up a taxi driver.  He beats — I saw what he did to Torrie Cox by hitting him in the head with a helmet.  I have never seen that before in my 15-20 years of playing football. . . .  He took his helmet off and he whacked him over the bridge of the nose. He knew what he was doing.”

Hovan later said that Cox needed 20 stitches and that Hovan “could see the bone in Torrie’s nose.”

“[Talib] has been given too much leeway from Raheem Morris because, I guess, Coach Morris [the team’s former defensive backs coach] has favoritism towards him because he played defensive back,” Hovan said.  “Again, they are giving this young man way too much leeway.  Any other individual would have been cut way before this. But Aqib has so much talent — his talent goes through the ceiling. But you can’t keep having these offseason issues and you can’t keep covering for this kid. They are saying it’s OK for what he is doing and he just pistol whipped somebody in Texas.”  [Editor’s note:  Allegedly.]

Actually, the trouble for Talib began at the 2008 Rookie Symposium, where he got into a fight.  With a teammate.

“I mean, how many times does ownership and management let this kid get off?” Hovan said.  “It’s not fair to the other players because you have all these other players following the straight and narrow and you are letting one individual go out and do his own thing? I don’t feel that is acceptable right now. Raheem and Mark Dominik need to address this because they are saying he is bigger than the team right now. . . . [H]ow many times do you let this guy off the hook now?  How many times?  I mean, how many people does he have to hurt?  How many times is he going to get sued?  How many times is he going to go to jail before you get it right?  Who is going to step in?  Is Raheem going to step in?  I have not seen Raheem step in.”

Some would say that Talib is simply one example of a broader problem with the Bucs.  Like the Bengals have done in the past with much more criticism and scrutiny, the Bucs of late have been taking chances on guys with character questions.  And then when the character questions manifest themselves, more often than not another chance is given.

Tight end Jerramy Stevens was the exception, cut by the team after being arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute the night before a home game.  But if Stevens had the talent level of Kellen Winslow, it’s possible that an exception would have been made.

Unless and until quality players who find trouble (and valued front-office employees charged with DUI) face serious consequences, the perception could be that the Bucs are doing whatever they have to do to become a consistent winner, even if it means tolerating a few losers.

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32 Responses to “Chris Hovan blasts Bucs for their handling of Aqib Talib”
  1. bucfandango says: Apr 22, 2011 8:56 AM

    “Dom, please take me back! Oh please! Oh please! I can’t take it anymore!!!”

  2. chitownjeff says: Apr 22, 2011 8:57 AM

    Chris Hovan is an idiot.. After all of these years in FOOTBALL.. not just the NFL he’s just now realizing their are different rules depending on your ability to play?? Wow.. Chris.. way to play radio..

    Besides.. both Strahan and Romo have smacked players with helmets.. or in practice.. Micheal Westbrook anyone?? yeah.. Talented game changers have a lot more leeway then nose tackle grinders.. welcome to life Chris…

  3. Kave Krew says: Apr 22, 2011 8:57 AM

    The Bad Boy Bucs are back in the news…..surprising

  4. berniemadoffsides says: Apr 22, 2011 8:58 AM

    I’m a huge Hovan fan now!

  5. clintonportisheadd says: Apr 22, 2011 9:00 AM

    “I mean, how many times does ownership and management let this kid get off?” Hovan said.

    ===================

    As many as needed AS LONG AS HE PERFORMS on the field..

    As soon as he gets hurt and/or slows down he will be shown the door and they will THEN play the “he is a bad guy and we don’t tolerate bad guys here” card in the press release.

    Hypocritical? Sure. Disgusting? Yes. Standard operating procedure in the NFL? You betcha!

  6. duanethomas says: Apr 22, 2011 9:01 AM

    The Bucs are following the rule that goes through most of the NFL. “Everyone will be treated fairly, but not the same”. Talent trumps a lot, but the minute Talib can’t help The Bucs he will be gone. He is under the illusion they care for him as a person, he will find out. They won’t even answer his phone calls after his talent is gone. The Bucs are compromised & Talib is being diminished as a person. (Even More) He will pay the piper one day………..

  7. joetoronto says: Apr 22, 2011 9:08 AM

    I’ve never been a fan of Chris Hovan’s, until now.

    Very well said.

  8. tizomps says: Apr 22, 2011 9:15 AM

    Did Chris have his face painted for this interview?

  9. scoops1 says: Apr 22, 2011 9:16 AM

    I still can’t stand Hovan…

    this is the guy who tried to make a name for himself by going after favre and giving favre cheap shots…

    I would have loved to see how these 2 would Coexist had Favre landed wit Bucs instead of the Jets

  10. jw731 says: Apr 22, 2011 9:16 AM

    It is kinda odd, (sarcasm), that everyone basically knows he’s more or less a criminal, except those who employ him……

  11. grizzlyfox says: Apr 22, 2011 9:22 AM

    Man I hope he gets cut……………..Bengals could use a solid CB w/ Joseph as a FA!

  12. gbfanforever says: Apr 22, 2011 9:38 AM

    When is the league going to impose punishment on this guy or the bucs?

  13. imongo says: Apr 22, 2011 9:52 AM

    Chris Hovan should run for office. The Bucs are sowing a crop of despair right now, and it’s only going to get worse. But because of political correctness, I shall refrain from saying any more, but I assure you that there are many reading this who believe the same as I.

  14. bucforever says: Apr 22, 2011 10:14 AM

    Here is the thing. Talib is an “on the field” asset to the Bucs. He is an “off the field” PR nightmare.
    As long as one out weighs the other he will stay. So far his talent has kept him afloat. It may be an extra long off season so if he follows the path he is on now he should make it easy for the Bucs to turn him loose.

  15. JCM1217 says: Apr 22, 2011 10:17 AM

    As a Bengals fan, this is eerily similar to the 2005 Bengals. Great young nucleus of young players, but many of the core players have “character” issues… The problem is, like in Cincinnati, the off-field stuff will eventually catch up to the on-field performance. we were ready to build around guys like Chris Henry and Odell Thurman. They were superstars in the making. Now, six years later, we have 2 playoff appearances and ZERO playoff wins to show for it. Henry is dead, Thurmann is out of the league, Carson Palmer has threatened retirement if he’s not traded and Chad Ochocinco looks to be gone as well… and we’re selecting fourth in the draft.

    Good luck Tampa!

  16. gcsuk says: Apr 22, 2011 10:45 AM

    To paraphrase “Animal Farm”:

    “All NFL players are equal…but some are more equal than others.”
    Keep it up, Bucs brass. Eventually Talib will kill someone. Then you can sit there with a dumbfounded look on your collective faces and say “We had no idea.”

  17. salmen76 says: Apr 22, 2011 11:06 AM

    I post my comments more toned down than the ones already on here and they never appear. Is it because i end all my comments with Geaux Saints? You think deleting a Saints fans posts will erase our Super Bowl Championship? Ha Ha. That’s funny. Or, are yall afraid to posts my comments because they are so close to the truth that you can’t stand it? Ha Ha. GEAUX SAINTS GEAUX SAINTS GEAUX SAINTS GEAUX SAINTS!

  18. salmen76 says: Apr 22, 2011 11:11 AM

    People looking for trouble ain’t near as tough as the ones waiting for it. Talib looks for trouble so often that he stays in trouble with the law. That’s a fact. Deleting my post that says that doesn’t change that fact. And one day, he will bully someone waiting for trouble and he will be taken to task. And then the Bucs will have egg on their face for not giving the kid either some help or the boot! Geaux Saints!

  19. thetechnocrat says: Apr 22, 2011 11:17 AM

    It’s refreshing to hear a player (recently retired/current/former etc…) call out an organization that clearly puts character on the bottom of the list when looking at players. Hovan should be lauded for this.

    After looking up Talib’s past problems….

    What a complete ghetto trash d bag.
    Anyone have an over/under on how long before he kills someone? I say less than 5 years or about when he’s out of money and NFL chances.

  20. childressrulz says: Apr 22, 2011 11:40 AM

    I used to hate Hovan. He was a pretentious, no talent, overrated waste of good air. I loved seeing fans spit on him at that Packer Viking game back in the day. However this is the first good thing to come out of his mouth I’ve ever seen. Talib should be euthanized for the good of society and fast before he reproduces.

  21. bigmike7914 says: Apr 22, 2011 11:51 AM

    Im willing to bet that the NFL and all other sports leagues hire the highest amount of felons than any other entity in the world, it’s ok to play football on tv and have millions of kids looking up to you after you just killed a man drunk driving, but you cant stack boxes or work in a mailroom after the same conviction, the hypocrisy of this nation is ridiculous.

  22. axespray says: Apr 22, 2011 12:14 PM

    “and some think that they have failed to hold him properly accountable for his actions.”

    Bucs are building a young talented team….
    but their also building a double-edged sword….

    How many other teams built around talented guys with character issues went down in flames?
    Vikings (back in the Culpepper/Moss 01-05 loveboat days)
    bengals ….marvin lewis era (that dude is still hired)
    titans with pacman and albertworthless stomping faces age….
    idk if the T.O. cowboys count, but eitherway the bucs should probably try leaning more on “Good” character talents….

  23. kcroyal says: Apr 22, 2011 12:32 PM

    Everyone is created equal. Some are just created more equal than others.

  24. btintampa says: Apr 22, 2011 12:36 PM

    It is easy to spit out snarky remarks, especially with Talib’s past. Before you step in it, find the police report that is the basis of this possible indictment. It is seriously flawed, and makes one wonder if the cop is an ardent Cowboys fan with an angle. The report was based on one source, the scumbag who was beating up Talib’s sister and alleged victim to the shooting. There are more than ten witnesses who say Talib never shot any weapon. I think there will be some aplogizin goin on. That said, Talib did smack Torrie Cox, etc. Hopefully, this brush with oblivion will straighten him out.

  25. thefiesty1 says: Apr 22, 2011 12:55 PM

    It’s not the Bucs fault or responsibility for a bad seed. Hoven needs to keep his mouth shut.

  26. grudenthediva says: Apr 22, 2011 12:58 PM

    “Talib should be euthanized for the good of society and fast before he reproduces.”

    And you call Hovan pretentious? Sheesh, get a grip, psycho.

  27. maneatermangino says: Apr 22, 2011 1:13 PM

    I’m available for babysitting. Just give me a call, but not around mealtime obviously.

  28. happyhourwithjp says: Apr 22, 2011 1:18 PM

    Hovan is right on the money on this one and is one of the few players who will tell it like it is! You can hear more of Chris and host JP Peterson on Happy Hour with JP on 1010 CBS Sports radio in Tampa Bay…not WQYK as listed in the story. You can listen on line at 1010sports.com. You can also hear the entire interview there…there is more good stuff!

  29. byrmcph says: Apr 22, 2011 2:31 PM

    I wonder if he stated this while he was there???? These lames kill when they leave a team then start running off at the mouth about what went wrong. He should have brought thisis up while he was a member of the team. That’s why you have to appreciate guys like T.O. air stuff out while your still there.

  30. snookau says: Apr 22, 2011 10:23 PM

    “And then when the character questions manifest themselves, more often than not another chance is given.”

    More often than not?

    What other Bucs have been given second chances?????

  31. bucemdown says: Apr 23, 2011 10:35 AM

    btintampa says:
    Apr 22, 2011 12:36 PM
    It is easy to spit out snarky remarks, especially with Talib’s past. Before you step in it, find the police report that is the basis of this possible indictment. It is seriously flawed, and makes one wonder if the cop is an ardent Cowboys fan with an angle. The report was based on one source, the scumbag who was beating up Talib’s sister and alleged victim to the shooting. There are more than ten witnesses who say Talib never shot any weapon. I think there will be some aplogizin goin on. That said, Talib did smack Torrie Cox, etc. Hopefully, this brush with oblivion will straighten him out.

    I have not read the police report, but it seems like this person has. I love how people who have no Idea of what the facts are and want to throw someone under the bus. I agree with Talib’s past, it is easy to assume he is gulity. If what the person above said is true. If your sister was being beaten up by her scumbag boyfriend, would you sit back and do nothing? I would whoop that mans ass!

  32. bucemdown says: Apr 23, 2011 10:52 AM

    my bad on the b.f. part, thought I read that. I think Talib has issues, no doubt. I just think that the NFL, in their attempt to clean up the game have started to punish players before they have actually been convicted of a crime. I know there have been cases where the player was never convicted but got suspended because of a pattern of bad behavior. I also have a a issue with people saying the Bucs are the bad boys of the NFL. Josh Freeman, is one of the hardest working, down to earth, humble, up and coming stars of the NFL. Ronde, Barret Ruud, even K2 have been model citizen’s in Tampa!

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