Coach defends use of Darrelle Revis

Updated: October 30, 2013, 3:45 PM ET
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- Coach Greg Schiano on Wednesday defended the way the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been using cornerback Darrelle Revis in pass coverage.

Critics have questioned why Revis has been playing zone defense when he possesses some of the best man-to-man coverage skills in the NFL.

Greg Schiano
Kim Klement/USA TODAY SportsCoach Greg Schiano said Wednesday that the way the Bucs have used Darrelle Revis in coverage has afforded the veteran cornerback more flexibility.

"Contrary to popular opinion, I feel like we have been using Darrelle in the best way,'' Schiano said. "What I was referencing was there are certain little nuances about how to play different matchups, the positioning of the receivers. That's where I get feedback from players all the time.

"Darrelle had some really good points. It gives him a lot of flexibility. We started giving him a lot of flexibility the day he walked in here; 'You want to press it, press it. If you want to play off, play off.' I think as he gets more comfortable knowing the scheme, he can see opportunities when I can do this and really snuff them out that way. It's not just Darrelle. It's every position."

In September, Revis cleared the air with Schiano after reports surfaced that he was unhappy with the coach's methods and defensive schemes.

Revis, 28, was traded to Tampa Bay in the offseason after spending six seasons with the New York Jets. The four-time Pro Bowler, who signed a six-year, $96 million extension with the Bucs, thrived in Rex Ryan's aggressive man-coverage scheme, recording 19 interceptions in 79 games with the Jets.

The winless Buccaneers (0-7) rank 18th in pass defense after finishing last in 2012.

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ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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