Schiano: Revis’ Knee Doesn’t Dictate CoverageOctober 19th, 2013
This seems to be the hot-button issue to distract Bucs fans from the ugly fact the team is circling the drain, losers of 10 of its last 11 games: the defensive coverage of superstar Darrelle Revis.
Some noted and respected football analysts, like Greg Cosell of NFL Films, suggest the Bucs are almost exclusively running zone coverages. The Bucs dismiss these charges. Some claim Revis playing in a zone defense is a waste of his talent and a significant waste of Team Glazer cash.
Bucs commander Greg Schiano discussed this subject Friday, and he seemed to dismiss any notion that Revis not being 100 percent recovered from major knee surgery is a factor in what coverages the Bucs call.
“He and I talk all the time and he tells me he’s not all the way back, but I kind of expressed in here, whatever percent you want to put on him – I think that’s kind of hokey sometimes, how does a guy know I’m exactly 97.5 [percent]? Whatever he is, he’s a good player and he’s played really well for us in five football games,” Schiano said. “[He’s] another guy though that the first time he walked out on a game field since he tore his knee was the opener, [against] the [New York] Jets. What are we talking about five games? He played 50 something [snaps] in that game, now he’s played more each game. He’s just going to get more and more comfortable. I thought this week’s practice was the best week of practice he’s had since he’s been here. I really did and he’s just fun to coach. This guy understands ball, he’s physically and mentally talented and he loves it. It just a matter of time. He’s already made plays, it’s not like I can’t say he’s not made plays, but I think once he starts really feeling it – and who knows when that’s going to be? I like what we have now, I look forward to liking it even more when he’s 100 percent.”
This seems kind of wishy-washy and Joe isn’t quite convinced the Bucs are trying to get the most out of Revis despite the fact Revis isn’t the old Revis.
If that is the case, isn’t that a smart move?
What if Revis was forced to play press man for a full game but couldn’t handle it physically, and he re-injures his knee or starts getting roasted like Myron Lewis late in a game? Would that be a smart move by Schiano?
Joe doesn’t think so. Besides, it’s not like the defense is the Bucs’ Achilles heel this season.