Darrelle Revis Will Be A “Key”January 16th, 2014
Joe knows some paranoid types freaked out when Lovie Smith was named the 10th head coach in Bucs history because, they claimed, Lovie is a devout Tampa-2 zone guy and all-world cornerback Darrelle Revis is a press-man cover corner who would be misplaced in a zone defense.
(Remember how fans screamed when, trying to get Revis on the field despite Revis being far from 100 percent, Greg Schiano had Revis playing zone and fans were ready to billy club Schiano?)
Though Lovie tried to calm down these folks when he was introduced as Schiano’s successor, Lovie’s new defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, in no uncertain terms, said Wednesday he must mold a defense to take advantage of Revis’ skills and accomplishing that goal will be critical.
“Darrelle Revis is a great player, a great corner and has been for a number of years,” Frazier said. “I’ve had a chance to watch some common opponents and see some Tampa tape. He is a terrific player, without question. There is always room in any system for great players. We will do all we can to maximize his talents and utilize his gifts. He’s going to be one of the key guys to our success, there’s no question. We will do whatever we have to do to maximize his talents. He’s a great player.”
Joe isn’t sure how one could be more forthcoming; Revis not only is going to stay with the Bucs, but Lovie and Frazier are going to burn the midnight oil to craft a defense that not only plays to their expertise, but also gets the most out of Revis and not have him flounder in a defense for which he is ill-fitted.
Joe just loved Frazier’s answer. Good coaches devise an offense or a defense to get the most out of their players’ talents, not forcefeed them into the proverbial square peg/round hole. Frazier’s comments made Joe’s day.
Joe’s just going to take a wild hunch and suggest with Frazier’s philosophy, we have seen the last of the prancing Sheridan Stunts where Adrian Clayborn was shadowing Darren Sproles in pass coverage. (Sean Payton must have dropped his playsheets in shock when he saw that mismatch.)