Shortly after the 2013 NFL season came to a close, baseless rumors about Darrelle Revis’ future in Tampa surfaced in the media, as different media outlets “reported” that Revis would leave the Buccaneers because he was unhappy, making too much money, or didn’t fit in the scheme of new head coach Lovie Smith.
The first point is easily disproven, as Revis has publicly stated that he’s heard good things about Lovie Smith and ready to move on from Greg Schiano’s regime in Tampa. The second and third point were further disproven today by Buccaneers’ general manager Jason Licht in an interview with 98.7 The Fan in Tampa.
Licht said that Darrelle is a “premium player at a premium position.” So despite playing hurt and maybe not producing at his “usual level” (despite being the second-least targeted corner in the NFL), Revis is still viewed as a premium player for very good reason. Licht also said that people talk about the Tampa 2 and Lovie Smith and say that Revis isn’t a fit, but said “that’s comical”. The new Bucs’ GM said that a big, physical corner with “quick-twitch” fits in any system.
Darrelle Revis is a special player who showed just how good he can be when he lined up at the Pro Bowl on Sunday. He was changing direction, exploding to the ball and sticking with receivers in press coverage on a fully healthy knee. There are special things ahead for the Buccaneer defense, and it’s largely due to the presence of the best corner in football on the outside and a new coach with proven defensive ability on the sidelines.