Celebrate: Revis To Play More ManOctober 29th, 2013
To Joe, one of the greatest manufactured controversies in recent times was the constant chirping about whether Bucs stud cornerback Darrelle Revis is playing man-defense or zone defense.
Bucs fans demanded Revis play man defense. Why, that’s what he plays on PlayStation! Well, Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune brings news that will make Bucs fans run into the streets in jubilation. No, Schiano is still coaching. But Schiano has suggested perhaps Revis could be playing more man-to-man defense.
Bucs coach Greg Schiano spent the weekend contemplating personnel and schematic changes on both sides of the ball, and one of the changes he plans to make on defense suggests more man and press coverage work for Revis.
“We need to make sure we’re accentuating our best players, putting them in the best position to make plays better than we have,’’ Schiano said. “That’s something I’ve looked at hard, and I know our coaches have looked at it as well.’’
Now Joe always thought this was a made-up story because Revis wasn’t 100 percent recovered from his knee surgery last offseason. Thus, with Revis not 100 percent, the Bucs used him in zone to protect him. Even Revis himself had hinted he wasn’t fully back to his former self.
The last thing the Bucs needed was to force Revis to play man-to-man just because fans wanted him to play man-to-man, and pop his knee again. What exactly would be the point of doing that?
If Revis is going to play more man coverage, it tells Joe that Revis is closer to being his old self.