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    For the record, I have absolutely no idea as to how effective Talib's coverage would be on Gronk, but I certainly see nothing wrong (or "silly" to quote a poster) about discussing the possible matchup.

    DEN is obviously going to use him to try and take out a major player, and they sure as hell aren't going to put him on Edelman, so it seems like a distinct possibility.
     
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    I would be stunned if Denver had Talib shadow Gronkowski the whole game.
     
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    Were you stunned when he covered Hall of fame TE Tony Gonzalez the entire game, or TE Jimmy Graham in his prime? Again...this isn't exactly an idea I can take credit for, since there's been a ton of discussion on the topic already, including Simms/Nantz on Thursday night in the Dolphins game.

    Obviously, I have no idea how DEN will attempt to play the matchup, but I'd be very surprised if they used him on Edelman--unless it's in bracketed coverage, which kind of takes away the purpose of having your best CB (or 1a/1b--depending on your opinion of Harris) in one-on-one coverage.

    I suppose they could put him on LaFell, but that defeats the purpose of attacking the Pats' best two weapons/options in Gronk and Edelman.

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    I would be stunned if he shadowed him the whole game on an island, yes. Gronk will light that matchup up. He's not soft like glorified WRs like Gonzalez, like Jimmy Graham. He's big and physical, and will out-muscle Talib - which is what Talib's advantage is against bigger receivers normally.

    I think it will be Ward with Trevathan helping when he's not blitzing. Will Talib end up on him sometimes? Probably, but it won't be their predominant coverage scheme.
     
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    I wouldn't be surprised if that's how they approach it, considering that it didn't seem to work out too well last year when they deployed that coverage--although I don't know if Talib was necessarily on him "exclusively."
     
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    I'm slowly getting over the loss.
     
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    guess you'll have to just take some small consolation in the fact that our Pats are 7-0....:(
     
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    No. I'm not being absurd. You're being friggin ignorant.
     
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    OK, if you say so. I'm convinced. Meanwhile I will refuse to feel the slightest bit upset if Greg Hardy suffers a game ending or career ending injury. He richly deserves them. You're welcome to feel otherwise.
     
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