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Oh, so now Revis fesses up?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis stretches on

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis stretches on the field before the a game against the Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Sept. 8, 2013) Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Among the many things that have drawn criticism in Tampa, where the Bucs are still winless at 0-7, was the team's use of recently acquired cornerback Darrelle Revis, who was traded from the Jets in the offseason.

Specifically, head coach Greg Schiano and defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan were ripped for not using Revis in man-to-man coverage, instead using him in a more conservative Cover 2 zone alignment where he had fewer single coverage assignments.

As it turns out, it was Revis who wasn't up to the challenge of playing man-to-man earlier this season, and only now is he feeling strong enough in his rehab from last year's knee surgery to get back to what he does best.

"Earlier in the year, I didn't have the explosion to play press," Revis said during a radio interview this week. "I mean, you get physical up there playing press coverage and then actually running. That's running full speed, you and the receiver. I didn't have that yet. I'm starting to get that back now."


You don't think Revis could have let it be known that the decision not to play him in more man-to-man earlier in the season wasn't all on the coaches, and was actually a smart thing to do?

Schiano and Sheridan certainly took the heat for something that in hindsight seems completely logical. Or maybe Revis didn't mind seeing the coaches take the heat, since it only means they're that much closer to being gone and Revis is that much closer to playing for someone he respects more than his current bosses.

After all, when asked after the Bucs' most recent loss whether the team believes in the coaching staff, the first words out of Revis' mouth were "I don't know."

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