Lovie, Marinelli And RevisJanuary 2nd, 2014
As excited as many of Joe’s readers are with the new coaching staff taking shape at One Buc Palace, there remains concerns for some of the fate of stud cornerback Darrelle Revis.
New Bucs coach Lovie Smith and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli are loyalists to the Tampa-2 coverage scheme, a scheme in which cornerbacks often play zone. Revis is a terrific man-to-man press corner and at $16 million a year may be a bit pricey for a zone coverage guy.
Some believe Revis is a goner from the Bucs, as he is signed to a series of one-year pacts. The Bucs could cut Revis, and not suffer a dime of a penalty in a cap hit.
So the mystery is, what will Lovie do with Revis? One former Bears front office type who worked with Lovie believes Revis will be just fine with Lovie in Tampa Bay. Greg Gabriel, then a scout with the Bears, remembers traveling to Pittsburgh with Lovie to scout Revis at Revis’ pro day.
@greggabe: I was at the Revis’ pro day with Lovie. He loved him then. Don’t know how he feels now but Lovie is an Ole DB coach
This is the way Joe looks at it: Do we have that short memory of just how horrid the Bucs pass defense, specifically the secondary, before Revis came to Tampa Bay? Even a hobbled Revis was light years better than the Adderall Twins, gun-toting Aqib Talib and spa-hopping Eric Wright.
Good coaches just don’t dump star players because they don’t fit a specific system, especially an All-World corner which comes around about as often as Halley’s Comet. If Lovie and Marinelli are as good as what they are believed to be, they will find a way to craft coverages that best utilizes Revis’ skills, not do a square peg/round hole force feed.
If the Bucs do unload Revis, well, let’s say that will raise Joe’s eyebrow big time. You just don’t wash your hands of a guy like Revis because you didn’t aquire him. Hell, even former Bucs commander Greg Schiano attempted to work with DJ Toes on the Line.