It had been hinted at, talked around, and excused all season, but finally Darrelle Revis decided to set the record straight regarding his usage by the team.
He hasn’t been healthy enough to truly be “Revis Island.”
According to statements given to the Tampa Tribune, Revis admits that his stamina wasn’t up to par to play in press man coverage all game.
- “Earlier in the year, I didn’t have the explosion to play press; the receiver would just run the (vertical) 9-route on me and I didn’t have the stamina to do that play in and play out, especially playing press.”
- “I mean, you get physical up there playing press coverage and then actually just running. That’s running full speed — you and the receiver. I didn’t have that yet.”
- “I’m starting to get that back now, which is awesome because I like to be in receivers faces and try to put my hands on them and try to be physical with them.”
So despite all of the claims that the defense was crafted during weekly preparations and Revis was being used where he’s the best fit and most helps the team, the truth is that he wasn’t 100%, and was working his way back to top health.
This isn’t surprising, but it will still be interesting to see if he continues to get more and more reps on press man coverage, or if his role continues to fluctuate. But one thing is for sure, the use of Revis is not and has not been the biggest problem with the Buccaneer defense.
If you want to learn more about the schematic inefficiencies of the Buccaneer defense, read this excellent breakdown by former Buc Stephen White over at SB Nation.
As for Revis, the goal for the rest of the season should be to make sure he’s healthy enough to be Revis Island in 2014, and to continue to regain his stamina and confidence.