Darrelle Revis rips Greg Schiano for “real tense” atmosphere


Apparently, the air between Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis and former coach Greg Schiano never quite cleared.

Revis put voice Wednesday to what seemed apparent last season, that the Bucs weren’t fully on board with their old coach and his disciplinarian ways.

“The atmosphere, I felt like, was real tense,” Revis told Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “Guys didn’t like coming to work. That’s one of the things you have to have, a stress-free atmosphere and environment. You’re going to get everything out of everybody if it’s stress-free and let people be who they are.

“I just didn’t feel he did a very good job of that. It was a learning experience for him as well, and hopefully, if he ever gets another stab at it, he’ll do things differently.”

Revis said one of Schiano’s biggest problems was an unwillingness to listen to suggestions from veteran players.

“There’s a difference between being a head coach and in control of the whole team and the whole organization at the time,” Revis said. “Everybody’s got their own schemes and what they bring to the table.

“I wish he would have listened to some of the players a little bit more, especially the veterans and some of the older guys. We can go down the line like Dashon Goldson, Davin Joseph, Carl Nicks, Vincent Jackson and those type of guys and listen to them. But he was the boss, and you’ve got to fall in line.”

Perhaps it’s just the fresh start, but Revis was encouraged about new boss Lovie Smith, after getting good reviews from his former Bears players Brian Urlacher and Brandon Marshall, which might overshadow any concerns about scheme.

“I love to play ball, and if we’re going to run the Cover 2 scheme, I have to master the Cover 2.” Revis said. “I feel confident in Lovie and [defensive coordinator] Leslie Frazier, too. They have a lot of experience in the league with unbelievable players. I think we have great talent. We just need the right personnel and the right coaches. . . .

“With Greg, we were just very detailed. With Lovie, he’ll give us a little more freedom to take control of the defense, of the scheme, and try to enhance certain things about the defense, whether it’s with Gerald McCoy and the defensive line or Lavonte [David] and the linebackers or Dashon and us on the back end.”

If nothing else, the immediate respect Smith has with players should help, as it’s clear they didn’t have that for Schiano.


32 responses to “Darrelle Revis rips Greg Schiano for “real tense” atmosphere

  1. Schiano was tense because he is intense, probably felt a little in-over-his-head. Which would make him more intense. Intense people tend to make to work place stressful. Greg needs to lightne up a little, he is not dealing with college kids anymore, these are the cream of the crop and should be treated as professionals.

  2. Stressful environment?? Welcome to the jobs we all do everyday. I feel really bad for you Revis…making all that money and now stress? How terrible!

  3. You know, Earnest Byner is still available as a RB coach after the Bucs fired him recently. He helped Jamal Lewis and Chris Johnson get 2,000 yard seasons, Maurice Jones Drew career high season, Portis for a few years and helped Doug Martin and helped all his back ups get career game high rushing stats. Any team need an instant boost in their running game, hire Byner.

  4. Yes, unfortunately, the environment Schiano created in Tampa does sound like the world petty little dictators create for workers at companies all over America. Football players aren’t the only employees who perform better if bosses treat them with dignity respect. Managers preoccupied with guarding turf and telling everyone they’re in charge stifle creativity and shortchange their organizations. Football players are lucky the demand for instant results helps weed out the Schianos quickly. In most organizations they linger for years killing the spirits of their workers.

  5. What exactly is Revis bringing to the table? I actually think Schiano would have worked out given more time to make the adjustment. I’m still shaking my head at both the Revis trade and the one and done hiring of a head coach.

  6. I will always have a low opinion of Schiano for blitzing the victory formation. But Revis has lost perspective. When you’re a losing team, you don’t get to be “stress-free.”

  7. Revis won’t have to worry about a tense atmosphere with Frazier. If the D sucks Frazier will just talk about the “positives” and mention they gotta look at the tape.

  8. Let me get this straight, when Belichek creates a “tense” environment, he’s a great coach who holds his players accountable, but when Schiano does it, he’s not a player’s coach. The only thing Schiano did wrong was lose. He didn’t have a QB. Very hard to win in NFL without a QB. Belicheck didn’t have a QB in Cleveland, and they ran him out of town on a rail, citing a lot of the same things they are saying about Schiano. I’m not saying Schiano is as good a coach as Belichek, but lets have consistency. Is it good to be a hard nosed coach that holds players accountable like Belichek, Parcells, Jimmy Johnson, or is it good to be a player’s coach like Dungy, Sean Payton, Pete Carroll, John Fox? A lot of ways to skin a cat. Every coach has his unique style. Bottom line, all these successful coaches had one thing in common, great players, especially at the QB position.

  9. The difference between Schiano and those other great coaches you named is Schiano has a predictable mickey mouse scheme compared to them.

  10. It was clear to everyone from the start that schiano had a bug up his butt. He was a fish out of water. You can pull that crap with college kids, like Petrino, but grown men do not respond well to being treated like children.

  11. But I thought when the Bucs won 3 in a row to get to 3-8, that Schiano had not lost the team and they were going to roar back and make the playoffs!

    Oh, yeah, they used the same “Baghdad Bob” playbook that corporate America uses all the time. When all hell breaks loose and the entire world can see your ship sinking, there’s only one thing to do – deny, deny, deny!!!! That’s not a hole in the boat making it sink, it’s the new air conditioning system.

    The problem with this is that even people of minimum intelligence can see right through it.

  12. let me get this right, guys who get paid millions of dollars to play a game didn’t like having a boss that told them what to do? Seems to me that instead of firing the coach maybe the bucs needed to fire some of these self centered entitled players and replace them with guys who don’t mind working hard. Revis would have went crying to his mom is Vince Lomardi was the coach!

  13. The only good advice brandon Marshall can give is on how to not make the playoffs and beat up girls.

  14. Aha Dashon Goldson the leader of consistency and fines, you lost me there Revis. Why would Schiano want to listen to him??

  15. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jan 23, 2014 11:10 AM ialwayswantedtobeabanker says:Jan 23, 2014 10:04 AM
    Jan 23, 2014 9:45 AM
    ialwayswantedtobeabanker says:
    Jan 23, 2014 9:33 AM
    ialwayswantedtobeabanker says:
    Jan 23, 2014 8:57 AM
    Revis: “That’s one of the things you have to have, a stress-free atmosphere and environment.”
    Revis signs a 6 year x $96,000,000.00 contract where he makes $16,000,000.00/year – and he publicly insists his job provide him with a “stress-free atmosphere and environment.”
    Imagine if the Green Bay Packers of the 60′s demanded that Coach Lombardi make practice “stress-free.” How about the Steelers of the 70′s and Coach Noll? The ’90′s Cowboys and Coach Johnson.
    When the Cowboys tried the “stress-free” approach under Switzer, their program won a Title based on the talent acquired and developed by Johnson — and then descended into a cesspool of mediocrity they’ve never recovered from.
    If I’m the Tampa Bay front office, I’m regretting the hell out of paying Revis enormous sums of money to get sub-par play and complaints. I’d bet the Bucs would revise their move to sign Revis last year – and you can’t spell “revise” without “Revis.”

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