Brees Says “Revis Rule” Is In EffectSeptember 13th, 2013
In many ways, the Bucs, especially rockstar general manager Mark Dominik, have been waiting for Sunday’s Saints game for months.
Why? Well, the revamped Bucs secondary, one that cost Team Glazer a fortune, now gets to face one of the teams it was built to stop.
Mark Barron, in part, was brought here to cover elite tight ends like Saints stud Jimmy Graham. Dashon Goldson was brought here to bust skulls and scare receivers. And $1 million-per-game Darrelle Revis was purchased to shorten the field and give elite quarterbacks like Drew Brees and Matt Ryan something more to worry about.
It all comes together Sunday, and Mr. Brees agrees that it’s a very different Bucs secondary.
“Within a gameplan you have certain matchups that you’re trying to exploit, certain coverages or certain looks that you’re trying to get,” said Brees (via the Saints official website), who completed 26 of 35 passes for 357 yards and two touchdowns, with an interception, in the season opener.
“I would say there are times where, hey, maybe there’s a corner and you just know, he defends this certain route or this certain concept or this play very, very well. And so, all things equal, let’s go away from him. And so you definitely say there’s a Revis rule, as it pertains to some of those things – you want to avoid giving him those opportunities as much as you can.
“But then again, we’re going to execute our offense and there’s going to be times where we’re going at his side or going at him, and that is what it is. We’re not going to be careless about it.”
Joe loved hearing Brees mention that “Revis rule.” For Joe, the seconds can’t pass fast enough until Sunday’s kickoff.
Revis himself said on his radio show that the Bucs’ secondary must live up to the “No Fly Zone.” It will be embarrassing if they can’t. That “No Fly Zone” slogan is plastered on a massive billboard outside the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway.