Dungy Picks Rush Over Revis

April 12th, 2013

Father Dungy talked about Darrelle Revis’ potential value to the Bucs yesterday, but it was clear that Dungy wouldn’t make a massive investment in Revis if he were running the Bucs.

Speaking on WDAE-AM 620, Dungy explained his pass defense philosophy.

“I always looked at it the other way. I thought that best way to play, within the rules now and how things are set up, is to get a great rush,” Dungy said. “It’s tough to cover, no matter who you are, but if you can rush and pressure and force off-target throws, I always felt that was the best pass defense.”

Dungy went on to say the Bucs need to let their young defensive ends prove themselves.

“You have to give guys a chance to come on,” Dungy said, recalling Warren Sapp coming off the field on third down during the Sam Wyche era.

Interestingly, Dungy said he was at One Buc Palace chatting with Greg Schiano on Wednesday, and Dungy praised Schiano’s team-building philosophy.

You can catch the entire interview below.

52 Responses to “Dungy Picks Rush Over Revis”

  1. tampabaybucfan Says:

    We need both in the NFC South…..Quartebacks are too good!!! I don’t necessarily think we need Revis especially at too high a price but our pass rush will improve greatly if recievers are at least somewhat covered. If we get Revis (and shouldn’t give up 13th pick) then we can go DL….if not then CB. Regardless, our first three picks this year should be defense.

  2. @MikeInTampa2 Says:

    Dungy got FIRED for being clueless…even though Sam Wyche drafted Hall of Fame players for him!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Terraj Says:

    Dungy is the man. Simple as that. I wish he was somehow involved in our front office/management. I think he’d be a hell of a presence in interviews with free agents and potential draft picks. Players have a ton of respect for Dungy.

    It all starts with the d-line. If we make any moves on draft day I hope its moving up to get Star Lotulelei or Shariff Floyd. Yes we need corners desperately but the easiest way to make your corners look good is to have a d-line that is constantly on the opposing qb’s back.

  4. jason jones Says:

    thats why we have two studs that were pick at any givin point to be 1st over all picks in the draft!!! thanks dungy for costing us 8 championships!

  5. Rob Says:

    I’m as big a Tony Dungy fan as anyone, but I don’t get his logic here… how does acquiring Revis prevent the Bucs young defensive ends from proving themselves? If anything, better secondary coverage would give them more time to get after QB’s.

    Now, if Dungy said the Bucs should take that $15 million they’d spend on Revis and pour it into more linemen, then I’d understand where he was coming from, but this makes no sense to me.

  6. Joe Says:

    @Rob – You’re piecing things together. If you listen to the interview, that should clear it up.

  7. Tim Says:

    MikeInTampa2 You may be the biggest troll I have ever seen. What joke man.

    Fathe Dungy is right, if you can get good pressure and force these QB’s off of their spot or make them throw early an average CB can cover. If you look what we are building on D, you can see we are going that way. Two good safeties and a pass rush = better CB play. Revis no doubt would be a huge help but he is not needed if the price is too high.

  8. Vern4499 Says:


    I’m baffled how any Buc fan could have a bad thing to say about this man. He turned this franchise completely around. And was/is huge in the community.

  9. Sneedy16 Says:

    That philosophy worked for the Giants. Their CB’s are average at best.

  10. @MikeInTampa2 Says:

    Father Dungy’s…….own son commited SUICIDE and was a Drug Addict

  11. bucs55 Says:

    Completely agree with tony we should be more concerne with our pass rush than our corners adding depth to our d line as well as a started on the defensive tackle maybe draft a corner in the later round but I would defently like to see leanord Johnson compete next year he was defently one of the best rookie corners plus I would like to see us run a little more zone we played a lot of zone in the last game.and.that’s when we played the best exoecually Barron

  12. bucs55 Says:

    @mikeintampa that dosent have nothing to do with football or the bucs have some damn respect …

  13. MTM Says:

    Yeah Dungy is crazy. QB pressure is so over rated. I mean who wins that way. Oh that’s right any and everybody.

    @ mikeintampa-STFU and go away!

  14. lightningbuc Says:

    He said the same thing about Revis that Shaun King said. Is everyone going to mock Dungy’s appearance on here today?

  15. Bucs or gtfo Says:

    @Mike You’re a MORON. Dungy SB’S:1 Your Superbowls:0. He’s a potential hall of fame coach while your in the hall of fame for being on your couch. You’re clueless.

  16. lightningbuc Says:


    The above comment from MikeinTampa2 needs to be removed pronto!

  17. RCH Says:

    @lightningbuc no just @MikeInTampa2

    @MikeInTampa2 That has nothing to do with the topic speaking about his son and is just plan out disrespectful for you to mock such a tragedy.

  18. J 2.0 Says:


  19. Cassidy Says:

    When asked if he thinks Bowers, Clayborn, and GMC will get the job done, he said they’ll grow into it. It sounds like a “no” to me. I hope they grow into it during the preseason.

  20. Gusjackson Says:

    I agree with him. I believe the bucs believe that they can get pressure with Clayborne, Bowers, and McCoy. They may feel that they just need someone who can slow down these great receivers and make the quarterback hold the ball for a little bit longer.

  21. Rob Says:

    Thanks Joe, admittedly I only read the article here… I’ll check out the interview.

  22. Dreambig Says:

    Dungy did not say he would not do the Revis deal. Ian lead him with the statement that our pass Russ has gotten worse and that you have to still have a great pass rush, right coach? What was he supposed to say? Dungy did say rushing the QB is the best pass defense but you would have to read a lot into his words to come away thinking he made it clear he wouldn’t do the deal.

  23. mpmalloy Says:

    I’ve said before that the best cure for our maligned defensive backfield
    is a badass pass rush.
    Revis would be nice but it’s turned into a circus, a distraction and a team-killer.
    I think we’re better off without Revis and with all our draft picks.

    (Unless of course Idgit caves on the 1st rounder demands,
    then go ahead and sign the Revis.)

  24. Biff Barker Says:

    Classy comments from Mike. May karma find it’s way to your door.

  25. bucs55 Says:

    It the same way we won the super bowl with a real good pass rush with Sapp booger and Darby in the middle and rice and spires comming from the side its exactly y we got so many interceptions because of the rush

  26. Biff Barker Says:

    As a former DB, Tony’s comments are surprising. Like him or not, he knows what he is talking about on defense.

  27. Brandon Says:

    Schematically and financially, Dungy is 100% right. To run a good zone defense a team needs 2-3 very good pass rushers, 1-2 good coverage LBs, 2 CBs with ball skills, and 2 smart safeties with ball skills. To run a good man to man defense a team needs 2-3 very good pass rushers, 2 good coverage LBs, 2 CBs with excellent coverage ability, 1 safety with good coverage ability, and 1 smart safety with ball skills.

    It’s a lot easier to find CBs that have good ball skills and will tackle than it is to find CBs that can shutdown another team’s WRs. Zone defenses are cheaper and more effective in the long run. In predominately zone defenses, if a DB gets hurt, the next guy can come in and only have a small let down… in a man to man defense, a DB gets hurt and disaster often strikes.

    The best defenses are able to play both zone and man, but in today’s NFL it is nearly impossible to go out there and run man to man as much as the Bucs do and be successful, it doesn’t matter who the DBs are. You have to be able to use different looks (cover 2, tampa 2, cover 4, cover 3, cover 1, cover 0), but most importantly, you have to be able to get to the QB.

    The team’s two best defensive games late in the season last year came when the team ran cover 2 and tampa 2 the majority of the games, against Atlanta and Denver. Ronde Barber said the team would be taking less chances this season. If this is true and the team will be using more cover 2 and T-2 then there is absolutely no need for Revis…. just pass rushers.

  28. bucfanjeff Says:

    Good football starts in the trenches and works it’s way out.
    It’s why we’ll draft DL in the first round.

  29. AmbushBuc Says:

    Fortunately for us if we go DL in the draft, Dumbinik has such a great track record in scoring with high DL pics. Brian Price and Roy Miller are All-Pros in the making. McCoy has been dominant in each of his 3 seasons and well worth his $12 million/year. And Clayborn and Bowers have remained healthy and devastatingly effective.

    Rock Star!

  30. AmbushBuc Says:

    BTW, wtf is up with “Father” Dungy? Creepy as hell.

  31. Eric Says:

    Pure and simple Tony Dungy had a huge part in saving the Bucs. Recall the Team had went 15 years without a playoff appearance before his arrival. Had the not made the playoffs in 1997 I doubt the stadium initiative would have passed. This would have been joestormfan.com.

    Great man and coach. Only an imbecile would bring up his son.

    The longer this revis thing plays out, the more I think they should pass. And I’m usually a chucky style win now guy. Too much risk, for too short a possibility of reward. And Dungy makes a good point that with no pass rush nobody can cover.

  32. bucs55 Says:

    Brian price was a stud in the making till he had a bad injury Roy miller was a fit for Bates system he’s never been a stud pass rusher he was ment to be a big body and McCoy has shown.that he’s a stud in the last couple of years just has gotteninjured its part of the game clayborn shown signeds of a good pass rusher as well only bad draft pick on the d line he has made was Moore and he was ment for the Bates system as well

  33. bucobruce Says:

    Mike I feel sorry for you, I hope you did not mean anything by it but if you did you need to find GOD.

  34. mpmalloy Says:


    Dungy is respected for his unwavering sense of ethics
    and sought after as a counsel, especially by wayward players.
    This coupled with his personal religious convictions make him
    literally the closest thing that the NFL has to a “man of the cloth”…
    ……hence the term (coined by mpmalloy by the way) “Father Dungy”.

    How is that creepy?
    It’s rather flattering I think.




  35. Eric Says:

    Not to mention his innovative Tampa Two created one of the best defensive runs in the history of pro football.

  36. @MikeInTampa2 Says:

    @ bucobruce <—- God told me 2 say this (AND Invade Iraq)

  37. Jacko101 Says:

    @miketampa2 You have nothing better to say? It’s apparent that you don’t have much football knowledge, buts its sad your mom and dad haven’t taught you about respect (shame on them).Today I’ll be your father and tell you son go to your room and hand me all your electronic devices. (You’re grounded)

  38. Eric Says:

    Actually just as big a key is to have OUR QB play as well as the others in our division. Without that were just blowing smoke, Revis or no Revis.

  39. Biff Barker Says:

    Some solid points on mixing in the zone. Good post. thx

  40. AmbushBuc Says:


    “Father Dungy” makes it sound like he’s the head of a cult. Almost all the internet search hits for the term lead back to here. Yeah, it’s creepy.

  41. Steve Says:

    Joe, Please ban Miketampa2. This guy is never on topic and is alway just bashing the bucs and Pissing people off. We your loyal readers love your site. But he just comes here to get everyone aggravated and for know other reason!!!

  42. peter king Says:

    I wouldnt go banning Mikeintampa based on him telling facts…dungy inherited a great defense never was able to put together any offense whats so ever and blew at least 5 super bowls. The 2002 team was probobly our worst! Not to mention what kind of person goes around preaching parenting advise with his track record?

  43. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Cassidy Says:

    “When asked if he thinks Bowers, Clayborn, and GMC will get the job done, he said they’ll grow into it. It sounds like a “no” to me. I hope they grow into it during the preseason.”

    That is way off base, lol. Okay, so I suppose when we believe one way, we tend to twist other things to our favor. So I get it.

    I’m surprised people didn’t catch what Dungy said. He stated with the “new rules” limiting CB play, he believes the best way is to build a pass rush. And he is right. He did not say you ignore the CB spot.

    We really need a good pass rusher at the DT position, otherwise McCoy will be double teamed. If we fill that need, then even average CBs will get the job done. Unfortunately, we do not even have average CBs.

    I think Dominick needs to get a couple young, failed DTs off the market…guys like a Sedrick Ellis, Trevor Laws, Steve McLendon…these are all guys that showed flashes but have not developed well. Meanwhile, draft a DT with good potential. Let the rest fight it out for a roster spot. Maybe they’ll find their click here.

    I also think getting Abraham would be a great idea. Keep him healthy by rotating him in and out, while getting our young guy exp.

  44. Curmudgeon Says:

    I agree with Father Dungy. A dominant collection of pass rushing D lineman with a disciplined zone behind them is a more sound approach.

  45. Eric Says:

    Dungy hardly inherited a great defense.

    Rather, Father Dungy begot great defense.

    He cost us nothing, and pulled us out of the deepest despaire in franchise history, as well as one of the longest stretches in futility any NFL team has endured. FIFTEEN years no playoffs. How would you be feeling if 2024 comes around and we still had not made the playoffs? That’s what Dungy inherited.

  46. mpmalloy Says:

    Father Dungy led our people out of the bonds of slavery
    and to the promised land…..and on the 7th day he rested.

  47. kenny Says:

    Good pass rush can cover average coverage as long as the qb is feeling pressure…our great defenses of the past did the same thats why it worked…keep everything in front of you

  48. grif4foozball Says:

    Hey little girls,leave Mike in Tampa alone,if you dont like the facts he is stating get the f##k off the site.this is America p22sies.Personally,I dont like the fact that he tried to mentor other men on how to be the PERFECT “FATHER”.Maybe he should have been more conscientious of his own family and thats my American opinion on” Father Dungy” and if YOU dont like it f$$k OFF!

  49. Fish Says:

    Ignore the jackasses, guys. They’re just looking for a reaction.

    Of course Dungy carries that philosophy – it fits his defense.

    This defense is the COMPLETE OPPOSITE of the defense he ran, so maybe Schiano’s philosophy is the antagonist to Dungy’s… Which really makes a lot of sense.

  50. grif4foozball Says:

    Exactly who are the jackasses FISH.

  51. Fish Says:

    You’re one, for example.

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