Dungy: Revis Is No Nnamdi

April 23rd, 2013

Father Dungy is cautiously optimistic about the Bucs acquiring Darrelle Revis

Two years ago, legions of Bucs fans were on their knees praying that Team Glazer would give bags of cash to former Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. You remember him, the guy widely considered the best cornerback in football.

But don’t worry, says iconic Father Dungy, Revis is no Nnamdi, and he shouldn’t be a bust in Tampa unless his recovering knee doesn’t recover.

It’s all about Revis’ style matching what the Bucs want to do, Dungy said, and “to get their money’s worth,” the Bucs would be wise to play to Revis’ strength in press coverage.

“You saw that with Nnamdi, he went from a man-to-man bump and run in Oakland and everybody said, ‘Oh, Philadelphia’s got the best corner out there.’ And they put him in a different style that he wasn’t used to and it didn’t work,” Dungy said on 98.7 FM yesterday.

Dungy went on to say he believes the primary reason for the Revis deal was for the Bucs to match up in their division while still playing their “high-pressure” defensive style. Dungy said the Bucs want to play “nine against nine” and put their best corners on islands against Nos. 1 and 2 receivers “and feel like they can take them away.”

Dungy also cautioned that there’s still no guarantee with Revis and fans shouldn’t be surprised if Revis has an adjustment period adapting to the Buccaneer Way versus what he was used to — and successful with — in New York.

7 Responses to “Dungy: Revis Is No Nnamdi”

  1. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Father Dungy need not worry! Revis will have both his College and position coach here in Tampa with him.
    I am quite sure they will use him correctly.
    I am so excited about Revis being here, I can hardly wait till opening day of the season.

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  3. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Maybe listening to coach Schiano before chiming in would do Dungy some good. He clearly said in the press conference introducing Revis that they would use him in a way that plays to his strengths. They are gonna use him in a one-on-one man cover type of role most of the time, and that’s EXACTLY what he did in NY. In fact, Schiano wants to run a defense that’s similar to what Ryan runs in NY but he didn’t have the corners (ie Revis & Cromartie) to pull it off last year. Comparisons to Nnamdi reveal someone hasn’t done their research.

  4. ScottyinFatAntonio Says:

    “Dungy also cautioned that there’s still no guarantee with Revis and fans shouldn’t be surprised if Revis has an adjustment period adapting to the Buccaneer Way versus what he was used to — and successful with — in New York.”

    For $16M..there better not be ANY adjustment period.

  5. BucFanForever Says:

    Given the way that:

    Mike Williams adjusted to the Schiano way
    VJax adjusted to the Schiano way
    Lavonte David adjusted
    Doug Martin adjusted
    Mason Foster adjusted
    Gerald McCoy adjusted

    I think that Revis should be quick to adjust too.

  6. SensibleBuc Says:

    @FLBoyinDallas

    “Dungy went on to say he believes the primary reason for the Revis deal was for the Bucs to match up in their division while still playing their “high-pressure” defensive style. Dungy said the Bucs want to play “nine against nine” and put their best corners on islands against Nos. 1 and 2 receivers “and feel like they can take them away.”

    I kinda thought he was talking about how Revis wasnt Nmandi & how Schiano was going to play to Revis’ strengths. Nothing wrong with Dungy’s take

  7. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    ScottyinFatAntonio Says: April 23rd, 2013 at 12:09 pm
    “For $16M..there better not be ANY adjustment period.”

    I’m sorry, but when a fan says this I wonder if he thinks the money was his. Fans complained when no money was spent

 
 

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