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Schiano considering using elite cover corner to cover

Darrelle Revis AP

In a move that should silence any doubters that Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano has his finger on the pulse of his locker room — and reality — he has come up with a brilliant plan.

After acquiring one of the best man corners in the NFL this offseason, Schiano said the Bucs might use Darrelle Revis in man coverage more often.

“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, via Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune. “That’s something I’ve looked at hard, and I know our coaches have looked at it as well.’’

It’s a groundbreaking strategic development, obviously.

The (over)use of Revis in zone coverage has been one of the mysteries of the season, though there have been many for the Buccaneers. They gave up draft picks and a pile of money to acquire Revis, but haven’t used him the way he had been so effective in the past.

Revis has gone to Schiano to “clear the air” already this season, and sounded less than enthused when asked if the team believed in the coach’s weekly game plans.

“I don’t know,’’ Revis said after Thursday’s loss to the Panthers, which dropped them to 0-7. “I don’t know. We’ve got a game plan every week and we’ve just got to stick to the game plan.’’

That plan could be changing now, which can’t possibly hurt.

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39 Responses to “Schiano considering using elite cover corner to cover”
  1. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 29, 2013 10:20 AM

    I’m not sure if this darin gantt character watches football.

  2. mrharper21 says: Oct 29, 2013 10:21 AM

    Schiano is a complete idiot. He’s finally figuring out that he needs to put one of the best corners in man coverage?! They have a great team core (except QB) but it all comes down to coaching. You have to put your players in the best possible situations to succeed. Obviously Schiano just wants to play dictator instead of a coach…..

  3. murraysons says: Oct 29, 2013 10:22 AM

    2-14 here we come!

  4. ravensfan19 says: Oct 29, 2013 10:23 AM

    Why has it taken him this long to realize this ?

  5. nfloracle says: Oct 29, 2013 10:26 AM

    Well, duh. I figured it out before the season started that Revis would be best utilized in man coverage and I’m not even an NFL assistant coach. I’m just a part-time worker who flips donuts at a local Dunkin’ shop.

  6. yogiberra111 says: Oct 29, 2013 10:29 AM

    Schiano is brilliant. Really. He is.

  7. athwartships says: Oct 29, 2013 10:31 AM

    Wait….it took 7 straight losses for Schiano to realize he was miss-using his most effective player?

    How many losses before Schiano steps aside realizing he is the real problem on this team?

  8. biged1340am says: Oct 29, 2013 10:34 AM

    Next thing Schiano will figure out on his own is the world is round….not flat!

  9. chefbob52355 says: Oct 29, 2013 10:39 AM

    Brilliant!!! What a coaching move!

    Schiano ranks up there with Lombardi and Shula. This move might even extend his coaching career another week.

  10. mydogsnameisvick says: Oct 29, 2013 10:40 AM

    Schiano should consider getting a real estate agent and putting his house on the market too.

  11. chiadam says: Oct 29, 2013 10:46 AM

    Schiano will probably just leak some private information on Revis, then cut him.

  12. Kayne East says: Oct 29, 2013 10:48 AM

    I dont think Schiano ws playing zone because he is an idiot (not that he isnt an idiot). I get the sense that Revis was ready to play, but he simply wasnt ready to play man coverage. After the knee injury he may not have been Revis Island at the beginning of the season, and Schiano was playing zone out of respect for Revis. No sense in trading for Revis, then sending him out there week after week to get embarrassed because he wasnt 100% ready for man coverage… Aside from that, I do think it might be time for the Bucs to have a trade deadline fire sale to get ready for a rebuild

  13. skinsfanwill says: Oct 29, 2013 10:48 AM

    Now, will he ever figure out how to utilize Mike Williams or that young receiving corps?

  14. silvernblak says: Oct 29, 2013 10:50 AM

    His next brilliant eye opener MIGHT be that winning football games could have saved his job!

  15. lightcleric says: Oct 29, 2013 10:56 AM

    Part of the issue was brought up in the Thursday night game(that I was only able to stomach about 20 minutes of) where Revis admitted his knee isn’t even close to 100%. “Sometimes the explosion’s there, sometimes it’s now. It’s hard to play man coverage when your knee just won’t let you do it.

  16. florioleadswitnesses says: Oct 29, 2013 11:02 AM

    Uh…maybe Revis is all the way back from the ACL injury and the Bucs don’t want to get him exposed.

  17. nunpuncher says: Oct 29, 2013 11:02 AM

    The more I read about Schiano, the more I think the Glazer’s hired him just to lose on purpose.

  18. thunderstruck24 says: Oct 29, 2013 11:03 AM

    I guess they didnt see how the zone experiment worked in Philly last year with Namdi.

    Some coaches should stay coaching on a level that is equal to their coaching abilities.

  19. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Oct 29, 2013 11:04 AM

    Schiano is coaching disabled & Mevis is a prima donna and maybe what I’m about to say was just by accident but it kind of made sense to initially use Revis in zone to gradually integrate him so he would be pushing his rehabbed knee less hard than if he was in man cover…

  20. phiddysent says: Oct 29, 2013 11:09 AM

    A certain coach did that all last year with two good cover corners in DRC and Asomugha and got fired after going 4-12. Sometimes coaches can’t get past their own egos until someone turns the light on for them.

  21. Patskrieg dot com says: Oct 29, 2013 11:23 AM

    The worse thing Schiano did was dump Freeman. Now he has no one to blame this all on.

  22. folkcrusader says: Oct 29, 2013 11:27 AM

    Not to hate on Revis, but there is considerable evidence that he could not cover man to man due his slow recovery. The man has considerable skills, but he is simply not as explosive as he once was at this point in the season.

  23. singisking says: Oct 29, 2013 11:36 AM

    He’ll be the one laughing at the haters after accumulating his 4th ring in his second go-around! RUTGERS FO’ LIFE!!!!

  24. mogogo1 says: Oct 29, 2013 11:50 AM

    Judging by this, he’ll have been fired for a couple months before realizing it. “Dang, sure seems like I’ve had more time open than before. Wonder what’s going on?”

  25. marcinhouston says: Oct 29, 2013 11:59 AM

    I bet if he had Wes Welker he would eventually find a way to use Welker in the slot, if he had Sproles he might eventually not just use him on 1st and 2nd downs, and if he had Hester he would eventually consider using him on special teams.

  26. stevebuc says: Oct 29, 2013 12:02 PM

    @singisking…By all means, please take Dreg(not a misspell) Schiano back to Rutgers. The only rings Schiano will get is the ones he receives out of a Crackerjacks box!

  27. Deb says: Oct 29, 2013 12:05 PM

    We’re about midway through the season and Schiano is thinking about using Darrelle Revis in man coverage. Wow. Well … that’s a good sign :|

  28. thebirdofprey2 says: Oct 29, 2013 12:06 PM

    I have made fun of Schiano a few times because he is clueless. I am sure Buc fans heard the interviews where Revis said he doesn’t feel 100 %, that in press coverage he doesn’t have the explosiveness at times. He has been beat a few times this year for TD’s already until he is healthy if he is put on an island I think he will get exposed a bit.

  29. 6ball says: Oct 29, 2013 12:20 PM

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    When asked about the decision making process of an opponent, Bill Belichick said, ” the only ones who really know what’s going on over there are the are the guys in the room. Everyone else is just guessing. ”

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  30. earpaniac says: Oct 29, 2013 12:21 PM

    And they’re talking about Lovie as replacement? I love the guy, and think he’s a fairly decent/good coach. But this is the same man who insisted for 4 years Hester was a no1 WR. Trestman hadn’t even practiced with the Bears yet and had already said Hester was a great returner and would stay there. We had one of football’s best weapons and basically wasted him for 4 years. If Lovie becomes a head coach, I hope he hires a GOOD OC, and stays away from that side of the ball. TB or whoever will get sick of him calling someone like J Webb a great LT, having people like Kellen Davis be a starting TE(and trading away a better one) just as fast as CHI did.

  31. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Oct 29, 2013 12:40 PM

    Brilliant strategy Napoleon. Why is this guy still coach, again. Maybe he can remind us fans we can’t tell the difference between zone and man.

  32. stagpaoa says: Oct 29, 2013 12:41 PM

    How long did it take him to figure out that Santa Claus was not real?

  33. wydok says: Oct 29, 2013 12:53 PM

    “Best position to make plays”, huh?

    Greg Schiano went to the Andy Reid school of media handling.

  34. conormacleod says: Oct 29, 2013 1:00 PM

    Why does Schiano keep clicking the thumbs down button on every comment?

  35. grabgrabgrab says: Oct 29, 2013 1:03 PM

    “We’ve got a game plan every week and we’ve just got to stick to the game plan.’’

    Translation:

    I’m sick and tired of the incompetence. All I can do now is do what I’m told and wait for the cavalry (new coaching staff) to arrive.

  36. CFOasis says: Oct 29, 2013 1:05 PM

    Funny. Fans and media in Tampa have been questioning this from the start. Few weeks ago Schiano said they run a lot of man and that fans and media had no idea what they were talking about. Jaworski and Cosell came on a local radio station shortly after and said they watched the Bucs and they ran man maybe 3-4 times the entire game. Now he admits that he runs too much zone?

    Appears the fans/media knew what they were talking about. Just another example of why he should be fired.

  37. biged1340am says: Oct 29, 2013 1:21 PM

    Why am I thinking….”Mongo like candy”

  38. greg285 says: Oct 29, 2013 1:32 PM

    Wow! It’s only took an 0-7 start for Schiano to realize that he wasn’t using Revis correctly? Now I know he has to be fired now!!!!

  39. dietrich43 says: Oct 29, 2013 1:48 PM

    Schiano is proving that he is a good college coach.

    If Mevis is still hurt and recovering, why make that trade?

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