Talib, Phillips won Super Bowl in 2015
career as an assistant with the 2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with whom Talib was a rookie out of Kansas.
“We all had some great experiences together,” recalled Talib. “The main thing is, that experience has led us to be playing some very good football going into the Super Bowl.”
Talib played for the Patriots in 2012-13, and still has many friends in the New England locker room.
From 2014-16, he played for the Broncos.
“I think Wade and Aqib have a relationship that is based on them both being at the top of their games,” Mcvay said. “There’s a strong respect there.
“Wade told me last year about a time Aqib suggested a coverage late in a game at Kansas City. Wade called it, and Aqib intercepted a pass to seal a victory.”
Phillips and Talib had an emotional embrace after the NFC Championship Game victory at New Orleans, where Talib limited Michael Thomas to four catches for 40 yards.
“Wade gives you a lot of confidence as a player,” Talib said. “You know he’s going to put you in the best position to make plays and be successful. It breeds confidence that he has the answer for any situation.”
He did against Brady the last time he played him.
“That 2015 Broncos defense was one of the best in NFL history,” Phillips said. “As a coach, you just try to put them in position to make plays.
“You’re not gonna fool Tom Brady. You have to outplay him.”