Dungy: Revis Is No NnamdiApril 23rd, 2013
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.