Lovie’s Defense Needs Darrelle RevisMarch 2nd, 2014
It isÂ a bonfire lit by Jason La Canfora that won’t die and should burnÂ for the better part of the next 10 days or so.Â
Those Darrelle Revis trade flames were fanned yesterday byÂ the creator, curator and overall guru of Pro Football Talk, the great Mike Florio. His deep research (lawyers tend to do this) determined that two teamsÂ thatÂ desire RevisÂ are the Broncos and the Patriots.
Woody Cummings of The Tampa Tribune has been adamant since the rumor was floated that, barring an earthquake of an offer, Bucs coach Lovie Smith will keep Revis. While meeting with Lovie at the combine two weeks ago, Lovie all but told Cummings he is building his secondary schemes around the talents of Revis.
â€śItâ€™s funny to me about the Tampa 2,â€ť Smith said. â€śI mean, somebody sometime needs to go and look and see how much we really play that. Now, weâ€™re a cover 2 team because to me, cover 2 is a great coverage if you think theyâ€™re going to pass. But all it is is that.
â€śWeâ€™re primarily going to be a man team. Whether we win or lose is going to be based on how we play man coverage, so thatâ€™s kind of where weâ€™re at. Now, there are disguises that you do, too. For instance, you may start from a pre-snap cover 2 shell, but then you move and do different things.
â€śYou have to have a starting point, and (cover 2) will be our signature coverage and once we get that (defensive) front going, it will be the best coverage to be in because, what are we about? Weâ€™re about taking the ball away. And you get more interceptions being in zone (coverage) than when you have everybody looking at a man, so weâ€™re going to want seven sets of eyes watching the quarterback, and thatâ€™s done with zone coverage, so we want to get into a situation where we can do that.â€ť
Joe doesn’t see a trade happening. The Bucs have enough holes as it is. You don’tÂ blow up your secondary in an effort to try to fill the potholes on the rest of the roster. That’s like saying the Bucs should trade Gerald McCoy because of the draft picks he would command. Joe isÂ confident that outside of the handful of psychotic, myopic, knuckle-dragging GMC haters, no Bucs fan has suggested trading GMC, exceptÂ those working aÂ bottle of Stoli all afternoon.
Joe just has a hunch Lovie and Revis together will make beautiful football music together this fall.