Ronde Barber: Revis Not Yet BackOctober 19th, 2013
Bucs fans, seemingly trying to ignore how their team is in a woeful 1-10 spiral, all seem to be hand-wringing about how Bucs commander Greg Schiano is deploying Darrelle Revis. Is it zone or is it man?
Bucs fans say zone. NFL analysts say zone. Schiano and his crew invite fans into defensive meetings to help out. Joe thinks the Bucs are doing both, but playing more zone because Revis isn’t yet recovered fully from his knee surgery and cannot handle the rigors of a full game playing press-man.
Well, former Bucs cornerback Ronde Barber has weighed in. After watching the Bucs play last week, Barber doesn’t believe Revis is the old Revis. He is not healthy, so he told the Custodian of Canton, eye-RAH! Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune.
“I don’t think that knee is back to where it was yet, but he still has been playing well,’’ Barber said in a text message Friday to The Tampa Tribune. “Probably not where he wants, but it’s not like he’s a liability.’’
On his weekly radio show on WDAE (620 AM), Revis said his left knee has recovered from surgery, but indicated some of his leg muscles and glutes are still trying to regain their previous strength.
“He’s not being asked to play on the line of scrimmage like they were last year,’’ said Barber, who retired in May after 16 seasons. “I think a lot of people expect him to be shutting receivers out playing man, but that’s not what they are asking him to do. He does on certain third downs and situations where it calls for it, but not every snap like he was in New York. He still has awesome movement and wins at the line when he’s up there.’’
There’s not much better of an authority than that, eh? The more Revis recovers from his knee surgery — remember, Davin Joseph also had knee surgery last year before Revis, and Joseph has been a shell of his former self — the more Joe suspects Revis will be playing press-man.
Besides, the Bucs defense is not the reason the team has yet to find a win in the 2013 campaign.