The numbers are a clear sign of how Talib affected the secondary in a good way.
There might be a few question marks about Aqib Talib but his talent and effect on the Patriots secondary is not one. Everybody saw what happen when the Patriots had to play with out Talib against the Ravens. The Ravens began to pass on almost every down and and scored very easily, and the secondary was shredded. The first few series Talib was in during the game, the Ravens could not get started offensively, and Boldin was being shut down by Talib. The only question marks is durability, and work ethic. He will learn the Patriot way, but I don’t think those are reasons for not signing him back, or giving him a chance to prove himself. If you get Ed Reed then he will do wonders for Aqib Talib’s work ethic, and accountability, because Reed is a leader, who demands the best from his teammates. The defense needs a leader, and Talib needs one too. And if no one is going to talk about Julian Edelman’s injury problems then lets not even discuss Aqib Talib’s. Edelman was hurt for most of the season, and when he played, he quickly got re injured. This was the first season Edelman took a lot of work on the offense and he couldn’t hold up. I, personally, do not wan New England to resign Edelman because that is precious money we could use on instant impact players and players who bring much bigger values to the team. Aqib Talib was injured in two different games, but came back after missing a few games and then lasted till the AFC Championship Game where he was quickly injured with a hamstring. But he has enough talent, you have to resign him, and have him on the team because injuries can be unpredictable, he may not even miss a game next season. If the Patriots let go of Talib, the corner spot becomes a glaring hole of need, which has been very hard for New England to fill, and they finally have the guy who fills that need. The Patriots need to sign Talib back because, truthfully, they have so many other holes to fill, without adding corner right back to it.