Schiano: Revis “Helped Me Better Understand”

October 28th, 2013

The Bucs are getting more out of Darrelle Revis recently — thanks to Darrelle Revis.

That was a somewhat bizarre admission by defensive head coach Greg Schiano this evening on the Buccaneers Radio Network on WDAE-AM 620. The architect of the Bucs defense (yes, that’s Schiano) was excited talking about how Revis’ input, via a face-to-face meeting, drove changes.

“Darrelle Revis played [against Carolina] the best he played since he came here,” Schiano said. “You know, a couple of weeks back we sat down, we visited. He kinda shared a few things with me that I think helped me better understand how to use him and better understand, you know, what he really likes to do. And we give him a lot of freedom, don’t get me wrong. He as a lot of freedom if he wants to play up, or off, or how he wants to do it, but some little things that I think, you know, sometimes little things or big things.”

Schiano went on to say that “some of the things that [Revis] suggested that we implemented I think are working better for him and then the guys around him, as well. So I’m excited about what our defense can do right now.”

Schiano is known to be a coach that seeks and values input from players. That’s a good thing, but in the case of Revis, it really feels like it’s too little too late. And it’s a little troubling Schiano didn’t seem to get everything he needed from Revis several weeks ago, especially considering Revis is being paid $16 million this season and was a key to the Bucs’ win-now season.

What’s also odd about Schiano’s comment is the Bucs are struggling mightily on defense of late.

Regardless, Joe hopes the Bucs and assistant defensive coordinator Revis can get back to playing defense like they were in September. That’s their only prayer of playing a competitive game in Seattle.

40 Responses to “Schiano: Revis “Helped Me Better Understand””

  1. Luther Says:

    $16 mil a year…he should be calling all of the defensive plays.

  2. buc89 Says:

    Revis is Tampa’s new defensive coordinator, sounds good to me

  3. Andrew 1 Says:

    Im on board with that.

  4. Ruggyup Says:

    Slight change of focus here. Lemme remind all change fanatics, there is a Gruden coaching offense in the Bengal cage. If this season goes as far for the Bengals as I think it might, you’ve got one hot commodity for a HC job. Hint. hint.

  5. Capt. Tim Says:

    Hey Greg! They have this thing called “Film”. There is a lot of it on Revis.
    Once we signed him, a sane man would have watched some- to see how this guy dominates

    Guess not in Schiano world.

    It’s press man coverage, not zone

    Nobody even bothered to tell Schiano??

    Every comment, convinced me that it’s so much worse than I though at OneBuc

  6. Bucfan#37 Says:

    Sounds like Schiano’s usual narrative. Should he stay or should he go now.

  7. Buc1987 Says:

    Maybe Schiano just needs to sit down with every player individually, offensive and defensive and ask them how to use them? (sarcasm)

    This to me just looks like Schiano is even more clueless than some of us think he is already. How come he can’t figure out how to best use players on his own? He is the HC right? Again WTF is going on at 1 Buc?

    I can’t imagine a professional head coach not knowing how to best use his player or players. Color me confused.

    Okay now I’ve fully given up on this poor bastard. The Bucs ARE going 0-16. Come on Jags just win 1 game.

  8. Andrew 1 Says:

    @ Buc1987

    I think Schiano wanted to do it his way and only his way. his way didnt work and for that hes going to get fired.

  9. Cmurda Says:

    Yeah, this isn’t good. This isn’t a case of a coach going from my way or the highway to hey, “what do you think Darrelle”? This should have happened before pre-season and at worst during pre-season. A day late and a dollar short. It just comes across to me lke a staff that may spend a lot of time but is ultimately clueless about today’s NFL.

  10. d-money Says:

    Are you sure this isn’t a post that you meant to make back in training camp?

    Because I’m sure that there’s no way any coach in their right mind would wait until they were 0-7 to have this conversation with a player that they are paying $1 million per game for.

    SMH, This guy really doesn’t have a clue what he is doing!

  11. Gt40bear Says:

    Hmmm, getting advise from Reavis as defense is getting worse by the week, offense calling too many pass plays while they can’t get out of their own way. Sure sounds like Schiano is trying to deflect blame to others for HIS team’s shortcomings! Hey, seems to work for certain politicians in Washington these days so why not!

  12. []_[]Buc Says:

    “Don’t get me wrong. He as a lot of freedom if he wants to play up, or off, or how he wants to do it,”

    Even with him saying not to get him wrong pieces like this come out.

    Didn’t he just say Revis had the option to do what he wanted?

    And wasn’t Joe just recently arguing on the side of those saying Revis’s lack of press man 100% was because of inability and not choice?

  13. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    New crazy scenario

    In the off season Dominick is fired and Butch Davis is made GM. Davis csn’t “coach” or he’ll lose money. But he CAN GM.

    Think about it. Glazers do not want to eat Schiano’s salary. However, Mark Dominick is working for next to nothing and only has one more year left.

    Davis is a very good talent evaluator. Bucs keep Schiano.

    Crazy I know. That’s how I hang.

  14. Sir P Says:

    Ya remember when Joe was saying Revis can’t man up that much because of his knee? That was as recently as the Atlanta game two Sundays ago… Then comes out 4 days later and plays WAY more man.. Hmm

    Actually, Joe suggested the Bucs might be making scheme decisions based, at times, on Revis’ health. –Joe

  15. Harry Says:

    It seems to me that the learning curve with Schiano is ‘stubbornly’ long.

  16. Adam L. Says:

    Meeting with Revis to find out what he does best and what helps him perform should have been a conversation Schiano had with Darrelle as he was unpacking his office upon arrival.

  17. k_bassuka Says:

    How abut meeting with McCoy and allow him to go after the QB without running those lame stunts while Revis does his thing and the other garbage CB gets help from safety…

  18. Eric Says:

    They played good against Carolina?

  19. Anzac Buc Says:

    So why do we need Schiano? If he cannot work out how to use a superstar player based on his previous film and record then he is not a head coach’s’ arsehole.

    What other players on the roster is he misusing? What a farkin incompetent clown. Sure looks like he is trying to appease senior players on the roster so he doesn’t lose the locker room completely.

    His actions and reputation are embarrassing. He must have very thick skin.

    Got to say that I find GMC defending him publically a concern. There is no team without fans, Gerald. You get paid millions a year because of the fans. If the fans are booing the coach, they are entitled to. The sooner the Glazers realise the fans are the soul of this team, the sooner they will throw Schiano on the shit heap.

  20. coach80m Says:

    I’ll be damned. I just don’t think the bully has much of an IQ. Typical of an arrogant, insecure, stupid man.

  21. []_[]Buc Says:

    “Actually, Joe suggested the Bucs might be making scheme decisions based, at times, on Revis’ health. –Joe”

    Same difference

    Tomato, Tomäto

  22. Mr. Patrick Says:

    If I were an NFL head coach, at the start of every training camp I would sit down with each and every player on my roster and ask them what they think their strengths are and how they feel they would be best used. Funny that in week 8 Schiano is just getting to that

  23. Eric Says:

    Schiano must not like to talk much.

  24. Cmurda Says:

    Revis playing up or off has nothing to do with the scheme. Revis having the choice as far as that goes is one thing but having him in a zone is still a zone regardless of if he plays up on the receiver or not. In no way, can anything be spun to not put the blame on the coaching staff! I dare anybody.

  25. BK Says:

    Good coaches get their input from the players BEFORE the season starts.

  26. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Just think of the opportunity missed with Freeman…

    Coach: “So what do you think, Josh?
    Freeman: “I don’t know”.
    Coach: “Come on Josh…help a guy out!
    Freema: ” Ok…I think Ritalin is better than Adderall”
    Coach: “Even better than Xanax”
    Freeman: “Duh, I don’t know….ask Talib”

  27. Andrew 1 Says:

    it probably never even occurred to Schiano to get input from his players because he wanted to run the defense his way. he probably thought his way of doing things was the best way. I mean lets take what we know from Schiano- hes stubborn and hes a control freak. why would a person like that think they need to get input from anybody? only now that hes sees what hes doing is not working does he feel the need to consult Revis in a last ditch effort and desperate attempt to get things turned around. its probably to late to save his job though.

  28. Young buc Says:

    Fire this guy already

  29. Mr. Patrick Says:

    Is it time for the Combine yet?

  30. Shoot me Now Says:

    Dear “Coach” Schiano,

    Please remove your head from your ass.

    Thats all.

  31. 911bucs Says:

    I hope to Coaches are watching the Monday night game. So far the Rams defense is playing well against Seattle.

  32. Cmurda Says:

    3 time outs and you run the backup when Stacy was owning the Seahawks defense. Stupid. You feed that guy every down and he will get in. I hope our coaches didn’t watch how Fisher played that out at the end.

  33. Architek Says:

    Fire this clown for just figuring out how to use the best corner in the league only after half the season is done!

  34. Sir P Says:

    No Joe you actually didn’t just suggest it… You tried to back it up with the Davin Joseph argument. You didn’t suggest the other side of the problem with coaching(which turned out to be the real reason) just the injury side.. You can admit when you are wrong..

    Reading way too deep and finite into one of many posts on the subject. –Joe

  35. PRBucFan Says:

    This is all too odd, I’m wonder how healthy he really is and how that is impacting how they use him.

    I feel like if he was struggling to press often they wouldn’t be able to outright come out and say so because it would really put a target on him.

    Even though Revis still is not going to be the easiest guy to attack even at less than 100%.

  36. Jeff78280z Says:

    Not that I support Schiano but if you get hired as an NFL head coach. You should do it your way. That’s why they hired you in the first place. No regrets you gave it your all. Now that that’s out of the way. Schiano has failed as a head coach. Mark Dominic hired him so it’s his failure too. So was Raheem Morris his failure as well too many wrong decisions and missed draft picks to count. Dominic and Shiano will be fired but probably not until the end of the season. And not until the Glazers have found a replacement.

  37. Evan Says:

    A bit off topic, but did anyone else think that The Connor Barth injury was a sign of bad things to come?

  38. Patrick in VA Says:

    Their defense in September is the same as their offense early last year. It’s been studied and adjusted to and we’re not creative enough to change our looks to keep it fresh.

  39. buc4lyfe Says:

    the height of stupidity…i thought this is what he had all these head coaches on staff for, butch davis and these guys. you had to go 0-7 to realize that revis is better playing man to man wow talk about late to the party, so it takes half a season to make 1 simple adjustment? if he’s trying to be like belicheck he’s doing and piss poor job at it. this guy hasnt proved he knows a damn thing about football, buccaneer history since he doesnt recognize the superbowl mvp, he doesnt know scheme, he doesnt know defense or offense. we had bob bostad as like assistant coach of the team last year and what has happened because he’s still on the team, this idiot thinks he can coach every phase of the game, they are position coaches for a reason, give them a gameplan and let them handle it…worst coach in the history of the nfl went and got the worst coordinator in the history of the nfl to run his defense

  40. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Andrew 1 Says
    “it probably never even occurred to Schiano to get input from his players because he wanted to run the defense his way.”

    According to everything we have heard up till now…you are mistaken.