Alterraun Verner didn’t waste time making a media appearance after agreeing to terms with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Bucs’ new corner had some interesting things to say.
Verner appeared on Sirius XM’s NFL channel, and the first question he was asked by former NFL executive Bill Polian went as follows:
- “Alterraun, congratulations, this is Bill Polian, Did they explain to you how they’re going to use you as a Cover 2 corner?”
Verner’s response was quite interesting:
- “Actually, he was telling me how it’s funny how people feel like he’s just a Cover 2 guy, and he feels that we’re gonna be using multiple sets. He just said that he sees me as a playmaker, he sees me as one of the top guys at finding the ball and getting my hands on the ball and he expects me to be able to create turnovers and make plays in his defense.”
In other words, Verner was dispelling the rumor that has been circulating since Lovie Smith took over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this year.
Lovie Smith is not a Cover 2 coach. He’s a good defensive coach who has used Cover 2 in the past.
Verner will fit in to the defense as a “playmaker,” much like Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings did for Lovie Smith in Chicago. Being scheme versatile and capable of making plays on the football is key in this defense.
Verner should be an excellent fit into Lovie Smith’s system, and at only 25 years old, he has plenty of football ahead of him. Pairing him with Johnthan Banks means the Buccaneers have a pair of versatile corners who Lovie Smith can rely on for quite a long time.
This bit of information also illuminates more on the motives of the imminent release of Darrelle Revis: It’s all about money. Bringing in a playmaking corner like Verner for almost $10 million less than what Revis would have made is the driving force behind the decision to part ways with an All-Pro who is the definition of a playmaker at corner.