Schiano: Revis “Helped Me Better Understand”October 28th, 2013
The Bucs are getting more out of Darrelle Revis recently — thanks to Darrelle Revis.
That was a somewhat bizarre admission by defensive head coach Greg Schiano this evening on the Buccaneers Radio Network on WDAE-AM 620. The architect of the Bucs defense (yes, that’s Schiano) was excited talking about how Revis’ input, via a face-to-face meeting, drove changes.
“Darrelle Revis played [against Carolina] the best he played since he came here,” Schiano said. “You know, a couple of weeks back we sat down, we visited. He kinda shared a few things with me that I think helped me better understand how to use him and better understand, you know, what he really likes to do. And we give him a lot of freedom, don’t get me wrong. He as a lot of freedom if he wants to play up, or off, or how he wants to do it, but some little things that I think, you know, sometimes little things or big things.”
Schiano went on to say that “some of the things that [Revis] suggested that we implemented I think are working better for him and then the guys around him, as well. So I’m excited about what our defense can do right now.”
Schiano is known to be a coach that seeks and values input from players. That’s a good thing, but in the case of Revis, it really feels like it’s too little too late. And it’s a little troubling Schiano didn’t seem to get everything he needed from Revis several weeks ago, especially considering Revis is being paid $16 million this season and was a key to the Bucs’ win-now season.
What’s also odd about Schiano’s comment is the Bucs are struggling mightily on defense of late.
Regardless, Joe hopes the Bucs and assistant defensive coordinator Revis can get back to playing defense like they were in September. That’s their only prayer of playing a competitive game in Seattle.