Tampa Bay Buccaneers off to a rough start, set to face Pats next
Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 00:09
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven’t gotten off to the greatest start in 2013, starting 0-2 with losses to the New York Jets and the New Orleans Saints by a combined score of 3 points.
Things took another turn for the worse when Darrelle Revis, Pro Bowl cornerback, decided to critique the coaching style of Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano.
FOX Sports’ Mike Garafolo initially reported that Revis was unhappy with Schiano’s strict coaching style in comparison to his former head coach, Rex Ryan, who ran a very laid back program.
Revis is not the first person to challenge Schiano’s “militaristic” approach to coaching. Early in the 2012 season Schiano sent his defenders on an all-out blitz while Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning attempted to knee the ball and finish off the game. The play sent Giants’ head coach Tom Coughlin in to a conniption. After the game Coughlin said, “You don’t just, you jeopardize the offensive line, you jeopardize the quarterback. Thank goodness we didn’t get anyone hurt–that I know of.”
Revis did make a statement yesterday that he met with Schiano to clear the air and that the poor start had merely frustrated the defender.
This isn’t the first time that Revis has held himself higher than the team. In 2010 Revis held out of training camp, and very nearly the regular season, in order to ascertain a more valuable contract. The holdout turned into a media circus as was publicized on HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”
This scenario begs the question, is this another example of Revis becoming a side show for a competitive team or is it Schiano once again using his overzealous Rutgers football tricks that don’t translate to the NFL?
The Buccaneers will face off against the New England Patriots on Sunday. We will see if the duo can co-exist.