Darrelle Revis And Lovie SmithMarch 10th, 2014
Yes, Bucs fans are still chattering about if Darrelle Revis, the Bucs’ all-world cornerback, can play defense in Lovie Smith’s scheme. Despite Lovie himself citing Revis as a key foundation to his defense, there are more than a few who think Revis is a goner, partially because his forte is man-coverage.
Don’t tell this to former Bears quarterback and current SiriusXM NFL Radio personality Jim Miller. Friday, Miller, who is also an Bears analyst for CSNChicago, was aghast that anyone would think Revis couldn’t play in Lovie’s defense.
This subject came up during a conversation about the Bucs with Miller’s co-host Pat Kirwan during Friday’s edition of “Movin’ the Chains,” heard exclusively on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
Pat Kirwan: Get a defensive lineman [in free agency] to lead the way and take everything else in the draft. I don’t think Darrelle Revis is going anywhere.
Jim Miller: I don’t think he is going anywhere, either. Everybody says [the Bucs under Lovie] will be playing more man.
Kirwan: Enough of this stuff. Jimmy, you are a quarterback. Can a corner hide from you?
Miller: No! I mean, you are going to utilize the assets you have. Lovie Smith will go man-coverage. He did it all the time with Peanut Tillman, why the hell wouldn’t he do it with Darrelle Revis?
Kirwan: Because someone wrote a story 10 years ago that he runs a Tampa-2. No one is running a Tampa-2 as their only defense any more. You have to have it all.
At the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last month, Lovie tried to downplay that he’s a zone-defense kind of guy, politely saying that apparently few people have watched tape of his defense when he was the head honcho of the Bears.
Joe, too, doesn’t buy that Revis is going anywhere soon. Sure, it could happen. But unless Bucs general manager Jason Licht gets an offer that blows his socks off, Joe fully expects Revis to be lining up for the Bucs this summer.