Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Greg Schiano: Drama not affecting Bucs
By Pat Yasinskas
After reports surfaced Tuesday that Darrelle Revis was unhappy with Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano, the cornerback moved quickly to shoot them down.
Revis took to Twitter to tell fans that he was happy to be with Tampa Bay. More importantly, Revis went straight to Schiano to make sure the coach didn’t buy into the reports. On a day when the players were off, Revis showed up at One Buccaneer Place and made his way to Schiano’s office.
“That was very brief and very nice of him to come up,” Schiano told the media Wednesday. “It wasn’t necessary. There’s a lot of stuff floating around, I guess, and he said, ‘Coach, I just want to set it straight.' It was good to see him but really not necessary. It was good that he came up. It wasn’t requested. It was on him.”
The Revis situation isn’t the only drama surrounding the Bucs. There also was a report over the weekend that quarterback Josh Freeman might demand a trade. And safety Dashon Goldson almost was suspended for one game for a helmet-to-helmet hit Sunday. The league initially suspended Goldson, but an appeal wiped out the ban, although Goldson still was fined $100,000.
Schiano said all the controversy isn’t affecting his team.
“Outside these walls, yes. But not in, not for this team, I don’t think,” Schiano said. “We’re practicing, we’re getting better, we’re close -- close isn’t good enough, we have to get over that hump. But no, that doesn’t affect inside these walls. It's noisy outside, I guess. People tell me that, but we’re good.”