Can you give us your take on the rationale behind the Aqib Talib move?
“Just like any move we make we put a lot of thought into everything we do. At the end of the day our main motivation [and] our sole motivation is what is best for
the organization. With all factors considered we had an opportunity to make a trade and be compensated in some way you know the fourth round pick. At the end of the day when we did all the comparisons and all the different things, we think this is what is best for the Tampa Bay Bucs moving forward. It is really like I have told you guys every decision is made with the same criteria.”
What happened to the plan of bringing him back as you mentioned before?
“Well, the NFL is as fluid a situation as there is. Things change day to day. I am not a fortune teller. I cannot tell you and that’s why when I get in front of you guys I hate these iron clad statements because I don’t know what tomorrow holds. What I try to do and when I say things like—I probably shouldn’t say things like trust us. Why? They don’t know me yet, but the whole point to that one and if you look back what I said it in reference to was that we are going to do what we truly believe is the best thing for the organization. Nobody is right all the time and you know that, but when I say that I mean that we are going to do everything we can within our control and with all our intelligence to make the best decision for the organization. That’s really what I meant. There is no way I can predict what the situation would be right before the trade deadline. I didn’t know that.”
Have you made a decision at that time or any time prior to that he had played his last down as a Buccaneer?
“No, not at all. I got to tell you I appreciate the time I was here, other than this incident that happened here when he was suspended, I enjoyed coaching Aqib (Talib). For me he worked his tail off. Everybody didn’t play great at times and didn’t coach great at times, but as far as what he did for us while I was here and I said it many times I am not naive to what happened before. I do appreciate it and I wish him well going forward.”
Any update on Eric Wright’s status in terms of his availability on Sunday?
“Yes, I think Eric (Wright) is going to be good to go. He did a lot the last couple days and I think he is going to be fine.”
How hard is it to waive the future let’s say an Eric Wright or any other player goes down at corner and you could have had Aqib Talib back?
“Well, you certainly do not have a crystal ball as far as what the health situation is going to be, but you do try to look at the now and the future. I think we all thought that this was the best move both for the now and for the future. So that’s why we did it.”
Is it too simplistic to connect dots from players like Kellen Winslow, Tanard Jackson, Brian Price, to Aqib Talib to say well this is the way he wants it?
“I don’t think simplistic is the word, but I know what you are saying. I think what it is every guy is different. Every person is different. Every situation is different. I hate to couple any of them together really. I think each one of these was an individual situation, but I think the thing that you can couple in is that the criteria is what is best for this club. To get us to where everybody wants us to be and that’s be a championship team. That’s where we make these decisions. We have talked at length about how we want to become a championship team. It is not at all cost. It is doing it the right way and being a championship team in a community that is truly a community, Tampa. That part of it is what it is, but in reference this is the Oakland season. You certainly have to do what is business at the time and there is a deadline and the opportunity presented itself. I promise you that as soon as we moved through that it was back to the Oakland season because it has to be. We are playing a good football team. We are going across the country to go do it. We are excited to go do it, but we know how steep a hill it is. How big of a challenge it is.”
How big of a factor was the suspension in the trade?
“Well, I think there is never a decision as this or that. Everything is coupled together. Plus the opportunity that presented itself, right? So it all factored in. I wouldn’t say there is any one thing that made or didn’t make the decision.”
Does the Aqib Talib trade make you feel any better about the Eric Wright situation with the league and do you have any insight on that?
“I don’t. No”
Have you made a decision yet on left guard?
“Yes, we have done every combination. You guys were out there and saw (Jeremy) Zuttah was out there playing some guard. We have played people at all different positions. I am going to hold that till game time, but yes we know how we are doing it. I feel good about it. Certainly it is not as good as it was or we would have been doing that originally, but with the loss of a guy like (Carl) Nicks you need to sit back and figure what is best here moving forward. I think we have done that. Like any decision we make, you have to make the decision and you got to go with it. If it is wrong then you will change it. That’s something that I learned a long time ago. You can’t be hesitant once you make it you got to go. We feel good about it and we will be ready to go Sunday.”
How much confidence do you have in the play of some of your younger guys whether it is Leonard Johnson because you are going to relying heavily on them?
“Well I think it all factors in what is best again for the club. Now that I think there are some guys progressing E.J. Biggers is playing well. Certainly all those factors come into play. I think we have some young corners in the program right now that can play and they got to play. Myron Lewis and all those guys they got to play. That’s the way you get better. You can practice and that’s great and you have to do that to get good, but there is no substitute for games.”