That Is Good FootballDecember 9th, 2013
There were all sorts of plays that could jump out as the best during the Bucs’ beat down of the bungling Bills yesterday.
There was, of course, Bobby Rainey’s pace-setting, 80-yard touchdown run seconds into the game.
Joe’s favorite, however, was good, old-fashioned football by the defense, specifically Darrelle Revis. In this vanilla, watered down, offensive-stats-loving, fake- (fantasy) football-focused, lawsuit-paranoid, flag-football-trending state of the NFL, it warmed Joe’s heart to see a receiver get blown up and no defender flagged for trying too hard.
The hero, so to speak, of this solid football play was none other than Darrelle Revis. Robert Woods of the Bills caught an EJ Manuel offering towards the left sideline. Woods barely got his feet down when he was lit up by Revis. As Gene Deckerhoff would say, splattered “like a bug on a windshield.”
The ball popped free (imagine that, a defender trying to jar the ball loose?) and there was Mr. Everywhere, “The Flash,” Lavonte David for the pick.
The hit had to get every Bucs fan jacked up and it sure got Bucs commander Greg Schiano fired up.
“[Revis] also showed his veteran savvy, because I’m watching that whole thing develop and I’m like, ‘Oh boy, this is going to be a penalty. It’s a blind shot, and it’s going to be a high hit,’ and he just put it right [in the receiver’s chest],” Schiano said. “It was really, really a good [play]. [He’s] a smart player. Then he made some tackles. From my vantage point, on some of those perimeter plays, I know the defensive call and I know that the corner’s responsible to be in that last alley. [I’m thinking,] ‘Where’s the corner,’ and then all of a sudden Revis flashes and makes the tackles or shoves him out of bounds a couple times. He played all-around football today. [He] didn’t get his own interception, but he led to the result of a few and took some guys away on some deep balls. The one double-move – they said, ‘They got him last week on a double-move, let’s try it.’ Not twice.”
As Joe pointed out this morning, you think giving up that first round draft pick this past spring was worth bringing Revis into the fold now? He’s getting closer to 100 percent and it has showed recently.
It is kind of funny that when Revis blew up Woods, the very first thing Joe thought was, “Where’s the flag?” just like Schiano thought. And Revis told Joe yesterday that same thought was in his head. “Actually, I was looking for the flag (laughs),” Revis said. “Because usually a flag does get thrown on those hard hits.”
That’s how diluted the NFL has become. Sad, but true.