Revis: 'Zero truth' he has issues with Schiano
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Darrelle Revis has plenty of reasons to get along
with Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano, including a hefty
contract that makes him the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL.
So, the three-time All-Pro took it upon himself to meet with Schiano
this week to stress there's "zero truth" to talk that he has a problem
with the way the Bucs are using him in a revamped defense that's
struggled to stop opponents late in games.
Revis made a name for himself as a shutdown cornerback in six seasons
with the New York Jets, routinely holding some of the league's top
receivers in check while discouraging quarterbacks from even attempting
to throw to his side of the field.
Although he's played some man coverage since joining the Bucs in an
offseason trade, there also have been key plays when he's not been
assigned to shadow the other team's best receiver.
Revis, who sat out the preseason while recovering from knee surgery
that sidelined him most of last season, said he's OK with what he's
been asked to do.
"Why wouldn't I be happy here? They gave me an opportunity coming off
my injury to play football again, so I'm excited to be here," the
two-time Pro Bowl selection said. "At the end of the day, all I want to
do is win games here."
The Bucs obtained Revis in exchange for the 13th overall pick in this
year's draft and gave him a new six-year, $96 million contract.
With Tampa Bay off to an 0-2 start after losing the past two weeks on
last-second field goals, Revis said everyone has an opinion about
what's gone wrong.
He reached out to Schiano on Tuesday, an off-day for players, visiting
the coach's office to let him know that there was no truth to
speculation that he was upset after not being lined up to cover New Orleans' Marques Colston on a 31-yard reception that moved the Saints
into position to kick a field goal for a 16-14 victory last Sunday.
"I think it comes with us being 0-2 and people start to say rumors here
and there, but everything's fine. We're just trying to stick together
as a team and get ready for this week," Revis said.
"I just wanted to make sure me and coach were on the same page. ... 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 (and) make sure that he saw
me," the cornerback added. "It's a tough time for this team. We're 0-2
and we don't want distractions. The one thing we do want to do is just
focus on the week at hand and the team we have to prepare against."
The Bucs travel to New England (2-0) Sunday.
Schiano appreciated Revis coming to his office, but said it wasn't
"But there was a lot of stuff floating around, I guess, and he said:
'Coach, I just want to set it straight.' ... I told him: 'I love
coaching you.' He said: 'I love playing here,' so let's go," Schiano
said. "I appreciate him doing that. He wasn't requested, it was on him."
The second-year coach didn't second-guess the way Revis was used on the
Saints' final drive, when Drew Brees completed three straight passes
for 54 yards to set up the winning field goal as time expired.
"Could I re-do some things? Would I? Who knows. ... At the time you
make the decision, you do what you think is best," Schiano said. "He's
playing a lot of matchup coverage, and certainly if you have a guy like
Darrelle you do that because you have an opportunity to. He's got a big
load on his shoulders, and he's carrying it well so far."
Revis: Says No Problem With Schiano
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