By Tom Krasniqi
Anytime a team starts off the season 0-2, you know there will be players venting. The same can be said for the Bucs. Losing the first two games in the final seconds is enough to send players, coaches and even fans over the edge.
Cornerback Darrelle Revis is not accustomed to losing. He went to back-to-back AFC title games when he was with the Jets. Now he’s 0-2 with the Bucs and not real happy about it. According to reports, Revis wasn’t thrilled with head coach Greg Schiano’s strict rules and defensive scheme. Revis prides himself on being a lockdown cover corner and the Bucs have been mixing in some zone coverage looks through the first two games.
Schiano says the team has employed some zone but also some man coverage schemes with Revis. “He’s playing a lot of matchup coverage. Certainly, if you a guy like Darrelle, you do that because you have an opportunity to,” Schiano said after Wednesday’s practice.
Revis felt the need to clear the air Tuesday when he set up a meeting with Schiano. “That was brief and very nice of him to come up to see me, not necessary,” Schiano said. “There was a lot of stuff floating around I guess. He said ‘Coach, I just wanted to set it straight’. It was great. It was good to see him but really not necessary.”
Revis said he wanted to make sure that he and Schiano were “on the same page” on some issues. Coming from the Big Apple, Revis thought he was past all of the drama.
“I thought those New York days were over with,” Revis cracked.
Drama is drama. Whether it’s in New York or Tampa Bay, nobody likes to lose. Bottom line: If the Bucs get a win Sunday at 2-0 New England, then all is well.
As for the Wednesday injury report, the Bucs got some encouraging news with LG Carl Nicks (foot) practicing with the first team. CB Michael Adams (knee) and OL Gabe Carimi (illness) did not practice. DE Adrian Clayborn (hip), TE Tom Crabtree (ankle), LB Mason Foster (toe), CB Rashaan Melvin (hamstring) and TE Luke Stocker (hip) were limited.
On the Patriots injury report, WR Danny Amendola (groin) and TE Rob Gronkowski (back/forearm) were limited on Wednesday. Their status is uncertain for Sunday. Other notables: TE Zach Sudfeld (hamstring), RB Leon Washington (thigh), G Dan Connolly (finger), and RB Brandon Bolden (knee) were limited.
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