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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  • victorbarney

    Fans: Don’t worry because I “feel” that Lovie Smith is a WINNER and will make us in Tampa Bay WINNERS too! Watch…

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  • Tom Weissmann

    Agreed Leo. He’s too valuable in any scheme he’s in to be gotten rid of. Just because he played lots of zone last year didn’t mean he had a terrible year because it’s not his strength. He’s still very good at zone but is even better in man coverage. I trust Lovie and Licht with their choices and have faith they won’t make any brash decisions involving Revis during the offseason. He lost a step last year and that was due to the injury. He’ll come back even stronger this year being fully healthy and with a competent defensive coach and coordinator.

    • LeoTPP

      He got better as the year went on, and proved at the Pro Bowl that he’s fully healthy and capable. He was a dominant player in a crappy scheme last year, so things will only get better!

      • Tom Weissmann

        Exactly. It’s irritating to hear fans from other teams say he won’t fit the scheme when the scheme hasn’t even been determined. How do you see Banks doing in man coverage? I know he got burned several times by speedy receivers but with his size and a year under his belt, he should be able to jam better and be in better position for coverage and that’s not even mentioning he has Lovie and Frazier coaching him now. In my opinion, I think he’ll be fine or just not be as bad as he was last year.

        • LeoTPP

          I think Banks is one of those “good, not great” guys at his best who’s going to need help, but is fully capable of getting things done. Coming out of college, I didn’t think he’d be ready to jump straight into the defense, but he had some solid moments, and rookie corners almost never do well. Year 2 could be a big step forward.

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