The Buccaneers traded for Darrelle Revis because they believed he could return from his knee injury to once again become one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL. However, after adding Revis to the mix, the Bucs coaching staff has moved Darrelle around in the defense asking him to do things other than simple man coverage.
I’m going to give Bill Sheridan, Greg Schiano, and the rest of the defensive staff a break after three games. But the buck stops here with today’s game with the Cardinals. The defensive plan should be simple for #24, find Larry Fitzgerald and stay with him.
There should not be a single play in which Fitzgerald is on the field and Revis is not lined up in front of him. Revis should not be expected to drop into a zone, he should not be expected to blitz, he should not be asked to do anything but stop Larry Fitzgerald.
The Buccaneers brought Darrelle Revis here, and paid him handsomely, for these exact challenges. He’s supposed to shadow the opposing team’s top guy, and neutralize him.
There is no better scenario for Revis to dominate a game than against a team like Arizona. They have one offensive weapon, a weapon that should spend his entire time in Florda on an island.
So the Bucs have tried to get fancy with Revis thus far, since none of the first three opponents had that key go to reciever. I’ll let it pass, but if, and only if, there is not a single play in which Fitzgerald does not have to deal with Revis from start to finish. There’s no grey area with this one. There’s nothing to it.
He was brought here to stop guys just like this. Let him do his job, and you all worry about the other 10 guys on the field.