On Tuesday, Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis met with head coach Greg Schiano to ‘clear the air’ about media reports circulating that he’s unhappy playing in Tampa.
“I just wanted to make sure me and coach were on the same page,” Revis said after practice Wednesday. “A lot of the things in the paper do get out, or rumors here and there, but I just wanted to talk to him personally and say, ‘Hey, just to let you know, I don’t know if you believe it or not,’ just make sure he saw me. Because during this time, it’s a tough time for the team — we’re 0-2, and we don’t want distractions.”
Coach Schiano said Revis called the meeting, and that the gesture was unnecessary, but he appreciated his star cornerback’s initiative.
“There was a lot of stuff floating around, I guess, and he said ‘Coach I just want to set it straight,'” said Schiano.
“I told him, I said, ‘I love coaching you,’ he said ‘I love playing here,’ so let’s go. There was nothing, so it’s good that he came up. I appreciate him doing that. He wasn’t requested, it was on him.”
FOX Sports reported that Revis was not only unhappy playing for Schiano, a coach known for his rigid structure, but that he didn’t like playing zone coverage. Revis denied the claims.
“We all have to do our jobs here, whether we’re in man-coverage or zone coverage,” Revis said. “We’ve all got to execute our jobs at the end of the day. And that’s what I’m here for. I’m here to execute my job, whatever we’re in, you have to play, you have to execute.”
It’s no secret that Revis, long-regarded as one of the best man-coverage cornerbacks in the National Football League, prefers one-on-one matchups and covering an opponent’s top receiver.
On Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, he wasn’t paired up against Marques Colston or against tight end Jimmy Graham. On the Saints’ game-winning drive, it was Colston who caught a deep pass from Drew Brees to set up Garrett Hartley’s field goal.
“The game was going so fast. You can’t sit here and say, ‘Well if he was on him, could he help intercept it or bat it down?’ And I think that’s taking away from my teammate Leonard [Johnson]. He could have intercepted it or batted it down.”
“It’s just something that, it happened. The only thing we can do as a team and as defense is learn from it and next time, [when] one of those situations comes up, try to take care of it the best way we can.”
Revis called the loss to the Saints “heartbreaking” because of the way he felt the Bucs dominated most of the game. He said the team needs to work on both its two-minute and four-minute defense and that Coach Schiano has harped on it considerably.
“Those were some tough losses there both weeks. The only thing we can do is learn and improve. And that’s what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to get real detailed on both sides of the ball so those mistakes won’t happen at the end of the game.”
He acknowledged that no defense is perfect, however. Breakdowns in coverage occur, there are mismatches, and sometimes an opponent is able to exploit those mistakes.
“Football is tricky sometimes. Sometimes the ball rolls your way and sometimes it [doesn’t].”