Aqib Talib: ‘I’ve never been a part of an organization’ like Patriots
|11.20.12 at 10:32 am ET|
FOXBORO — It’s only been one game and a few weeks, but already Aqib Talib can feel the difference.
The cornerback, acquired from Tampa Bay in a deal on Nov. 1, said before practice on Tuesday that playing for the Patriots is just a different ballgame.
“It’s a different team,” Talib said. “You just feel it walking around here — the atmosphere. A winning organization. You can feel it in the air. I’ve never been a part of an organization like that. It’s good to feel it in the air, the confidence that’s in this building.”
The 26-year-old Talib made a big splash in his Patriots debut on Sunday against the Colts, where he returned an Andrew Luck interception 59 yards for a touchdown, his first pick with New England. While he was happy to get his first game with the Patriots behind him, the cornerback was critical of his performance.
“I watched it a couple of times — it could be a lot better,” Talib said. “It’s corrections. You always want to play good. After the game you correct it and then move on to the next game. Right now, we’re just moving on to the Jets.
“I’m just getting ready for the Jets, man. Getting ready for the game. As times goes along, you get involved in the rivalry, but right now, I’m just preparing for the game.”
One of the things that will help Talib is increased reps alongside the rest of the defensive backs.
“It definitely helps,” he said. “The more you play, the more you mesh as a secondary. The more time you get together, it definitely helps.”
Talib believes the quick turnaround this week will work his his advantage.
“I think it’ll be good. It’s a quick turnaround. Have to get up here early and get your body right,” he said. “Just getting on that tape, man. Getting a good feel for your opponent. Just about three or four days short or whatever. Just that’s the biggest challenge right there.
“We could be playing in front of nobody. When another team lines up across from you, you’ll be over that soreness.”