Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia talks Aqib Talib and prepping for Andrew Luck
|11.13.12 at 4:32 pm ET|
Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia has been doing his part when it comes to getting new cornerback Aqib Talib up to speed in the New England defense. Patricia, speaking on a conference call with reporters on Tuesday afternoon, said he had a chance to meet with Talib on Monday, and they’re taking it day-to-day at this point.
“Obviously, we’re evaluating as the week goes, but we’re excited to get going with this week and get ready for Indianapolis. We’ll certainly see how that goes,” Patricia said. “But as far as getting a chance to get to know him, it was great. Professional, the guy’s been in the league, so no problems there.
“I think we’re just going to have to wait and see and evaluate it as the week goes on. Obviously, like all our players that come in, we expect them to work hard and get on board with what we’re doing as soon as they can and get out there and contribute in any way we feel is positive for the team.”
Getting Talib acclimated to the New England defense is one of Patricia’s big challenges this week. The other is preparing the Patriots for Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck, who has impressed over the first nine games of his professional career.
“Indianapolis offensively is doing a phenomenal job,” Patricia said. “You can really tell Andrew Luck is grasping what they’re trying to do, and obviously, coach [Bruce] Arians is doing a great job of getting them in the right situations and they have some excellent players around him. Obviously you know Reggie Wayne, who is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. He has progressed throughout the year and is obviously playing a very high level right now from an offensive standpoint.
“Certainly we understand that [Luck] has the title of a rookie, but we’re well into the season here and he has played quite a few games in the NFL, and he’s really doing a good job of handling that offense and running the offense and putting them in situations to win football games — that’s what you want out of your quarterback. It will certainly be a big challenge for us this week.”