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Aqib Talib convinced Patriots to trade for LeGarrette Blount

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12:43 PM ET 01.15 | Running back LeGarrette Blount has been a key player for the New England Patriots throughout their playoff run. Blount is currently the hottest running back in the nation with nearly 7.0 yards per carry since Week 16 and an incredible performance in the divisional round of the postseason during the team's win over the Indianapolis Colts. During the matchup vs. the Colts, Blount became the first player in NFL history with at least 150 rushing yards and four touchdowns in a playoff game. The Patriots acquired Blount when they gave up kick returner Jeff Demps and a seventh-round draft pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said that the trade would not have happened if it wasn't for an endorsement from Patriots cornerback and Blount's former Buccaneers teammate, Aqib Talib.

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January 15, 2014  10:13 PM ET

Something tells me Bill wouldn't have picked him up unless someone other than Talib signed off on it. I have a hard time believing Aqib is making personnel decisions.

January 15, 2014  10:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Something tells me Bill wouldn't have picked him up unless someone other than Talib signed off on it. I have a hard time believing Aqib is making personnel decisions.

Says Belichick stated that trade would not have happened without endorsement from Talib. What would he be gaining or hiding by saying that?

January 15, 2014  10:40 PM ET

Regardless, Bill may have taken his opinion seriously, but he makes the decisions.

January 15, 2014  10:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Says Belichick stated that trade would not have happened without endorsement from Talib. What would he be gaining or hiding by saying that?

It could have been a tongue in cheek comment by BB. It's hard for the media to know when to take him seriously or when to realize that he's just pulling their chains.

January 15, 2014  10:50 PM ET

Yeah.. I see that happening

January 15, 2014  10:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

It could have been a tongue in cheek comment by BB. It's hard for the media to know when to take him seriously or when to realize that he's just pulling their chains.

True that. Hoodie = strange ranger.

January 16, 2014  12:39 AM ET

Hard to say if Belichick is giving the credit to Talib there, he works in mysterious ways.
I don't mind Blount on a pure statistics base. I had him as my RB when he had that breakout campaign in TB, I never understood why he kept getting knocked behind other backs on the depth chart afterwards. Sure he's not a prototypical back, but neither was Jerome Bettis, heck even AP isn't a prototype.
RB's come in all shapes and forms, the only things that matter are ball security and speed hitting the hole. After that it's take what the defense gives you and play your role on offense (blocking on pass plays).
Having said that though I definitely endorse a two (sometimes three) runningback attack. Not the conventional one for running one for pass catching that Offenses get confused over. Over the years we've seen great running seasons from teams utilizing multiple running back attacks.
Jerome Bettis-Willie Parker
Marion Barber-Julius Jones
Chris Johnson-Lendale White
Ladanian Tomlinson-Michael Turner/Darren Sproles
Pierre Thomas-Darren Sproles/Mark Ingram
Deangelo Williams-Johnathon Stewart
It seems like in the day where QB's are emphasized and new offenses (Chip Kelly) are coming to light there does not seem to be much adaptation for the RB position. Sure coaches will always lean more towards the every-down back to fit strategy and confuse the defense but they also have to know that the runningback needs rest to-sometimes multiple times in the same series-to perform to his highest potential.
Blount is definitely taking advantage of the 1-2 (or 3)punch these days.

January 16, 2014  01:15 AM ET

Yep, I imagine Hoodie takes advice from a guy arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, assaulting a cab driver, resisting arrest, and who got in a fist fight at the rookie symposium. That really sounds like Hoodie to me.

January 16, 2014  01:50 AM ET

Someone put a good word for someone else and the boss went for it and made the hire. Why and how is this so strange? It's not like BB bet the house on this move.

January 16, 2014  07:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

It could have been a tongue in cheek comment by BB. It's hard for the media to know when to take him seriously or when to realize that he's just pulling their chains.

The press doesn't know when he is sarcastic or not. I wish Talib would stay on the field more!

January 16, 2014  07:56 AM ET

I don't bet on spread, odds, but Pick the Underdogs, Patriot's know how to win, I just feel it, also the Niners, I just feel all underdogs will win this Sunday, shock Seattle and Denver.
Much better Super Bowl Sunday with New England and San Francisco, but it will be close :-)

January 16, 2014  08:09 AM ET

Regardless of how he got there, give the kid credit. Most of us wouldn't have given him a shot in hell after September 3, 2009.

January 16, 2014  01:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Regardless of how he got there, give the kid credit. Most of us wouldn't have given him a shot in hell after September 3, 2009.

His recent streak was against the Colts and the Bills. They ranked 21st and 27th in the league against the run. Not a true measure of how good a running back he is. Denver is 8th and my bet is that Blount will have little success.

January 16, 2014  03:44 PM ET
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His recent streak was against the Colts and the Bills. They ranked 21st and 27th in the league against the run. Not a true measure of how good a running back he is. Denver is 8th and my bet is that Blount will have little success.

It would appear that Little Bill plans on having success. And with Von Miller out, that 8th ranked defense will have a stiff test

Gonna be fun.

January 16, 2014  03:48 PM ET

The Bucs should have kept Blount.

January 16, 2014  10:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Something tells me Bill wouldn't have picked him up unless someone other than Talib signed off on it. I have a hard time believing Aqib is making personnel decisions.

true

 
January 17, 2014  07:25 AM ET

Yep, Talib is exactly the guy I'd go to for personnel and character recommendations.

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