In an interview with the Aliquippa Times Darrelle Revis made a somewhat obvious comment that has found it’s way into the Tampa media circuit.
“It’s not a lot of pressure as it is in New York.”
This should not come as a shock to you. Tampa Bay is not New York. Nor do we want to be anything like New York.
Darrelle Revis is the kind of player that can handle the pressure of playing in New York, which is a big reason why he flourished in his time there. But I’m sure it comes as a bit of a relief to get away from the circus that is the Jets and New York media.
However, Darrelle needs to understand that the laid back style of the media in Tampa does not mean they aren’t sharks. It doesn’t mean we don’t expect wins, it doesn’t mean we can’t spot when you get burned on the outside, and it doesn’t mean we won’t try to run you out-of-town (ask Barrett Ruud).
Clearly the eyes of the world are not on the Buccaneers the same way they are on the New York Jets. But this is the NFL, pressure is in the job description, and as the season gets closer and closer, Revis will learn that it’s not all fun and games by the Bay. This is a huge year for the Buccaneers franchise, Darrelle Revis happens to be a big reason why, the pressure will be on him from the first snap. We are sort of in a honeymoon period with him. Anything he does, we love, anything he says, we eat up, but when Week 1 rolls around, we’ll expect a win, and many more after that one.
All this being said, I’m glad Darrelle is enjoying himself. I’m glad he doesn’t feel like his rehab is under the same microscope it would have been in New York. And I hope that we can all stay in love with him for a long time. We think we got the best cornerback in the league, he just needs to prove it. So is that the pressure he needs?