Nov 11, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) is congratulated by defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) and defensive end Daniel Te

Lovie Smith: Buccaneers Will "Win or Lose" With Man Coverage

The head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Lovie Smith, has a long history of running Cover 2 defenses to great success. Because of this, many media members, teams, fans, and anyone else outside of Tampa Bay saw Darrelle Revis, an elite cover corner, as expendable when Smith was hired.

But according to Smith, that’s simply not true.

 

This shouldn’t come as a complete shock to those who followed Smith’s later years in Chicago, as his defense became more multiple as he shifted with the trends in the league and the personnel he was presented with.

Will Lovie Smith use Darrelle Revis the same way Rex Ryan did? Probably not. Lovie still has basic foundations in his defense that will keep Revis more in-line with the way most other top cover corners are used across the NFL.

But as I stated in this article, Revis is still an advantage in any scheme. And as long as he’s getting to line up against a wide receiver and shut down that receiver on a regular basis, he’s worth whatever the Buccaneers are paying him.

There will be conversations about Darrelle Revis’ future with the Buccaneers for days, weeks, months, and even years to come. That comes with the territory of having the Peyton Manning of cornerbacks, and paying him as such.

But for me, and apparently for Lovie Smith, having the best cover corner in the NFL is part of the plan, and something fans should be rejoicing.

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