Bucs cornerback Darrelle Revis spoke with the local media on Thursday and reflected on his first year in Tampa Bay. Revis agreed with head coach Greg Schiano's assessment recently that the Bucs defense is close to being dominant, but also said some changes are needed to achieve that status.
Bucs cornerback Darrelle Revis doesn’t speak everyday in open locker room, but when it does it usually a meaningful quote or message.
On Thursday, as the Buccaneers prepare to face the Saints in their final game of 2013, Revis reflected on the season and talked about some changes that need to be made, and if he was happy being a Buccaneer.
Yeah, I think the players are fine, it is cool,” Revis said after pausing and thinking about the question for a few seconds. “I think we do need to change some things this offseason as we move forward as players and as coaches and figure things out and try to turn the win-loss column to more wins. There are some adjustments we’ve got to make in the offseason, but we will. We’ll do that and try to turn things around.
“After every season, you’ve always got to evaluate yourself. That’s the process. You’ve got to evaluate yourself as a player and as coaches as well. We’ve all got to do it and try to figure out a way to be better in 2014.’’
PewterReport.com asked Revis if he felt comfortable in going to the coaches with suggestions for helping the team next season.
“This is my seventh year,’’ Revis said. “After every year I’ve talked to coaches and players and tried to figure out a way how we can be better the next year. I’m sure the coaches are going to be very open to that and players are going to be very open to talking and try to figure out what was the problem and what we need to fix moving forward to be a better team next year."
Revis said overall the season has been a disappointment but thinks the overall team, and in the defense in particular, is close to being a great unit.
“A couple pieces away, it really is,” Revis said. “At this point we seem to be trying to look a little bit ahead. We have one more left. But to answer your question, we are a couple pieces away, getting some new talent in here and being an awesome defense.
“I mean we did great this year. Sometimes the coaches tell us where we are slotted at, if we are Top 10, or Top 15 in the league, we have made some strides on defense, but at the same time there are some pieces there and we can fill some holes.”
On Monday head coach Greg Schiano talked about the ACL injury of Revis, and how the best of Revis is yet to come.
“I’m pretty excited with the 2013 version (of Revis),” Schiano said. “As I’ve said before, he’s been chasing this season, trying to get ready with the rehab. He didn’t go through his regular regimen of off-season preparation. Some guys, that wouldn’t make such a difference, but he has a ritual and it’s legendary. He goes out to Arizona to get ready for the season, and for the off-season. So, I’m excited that he gets to do that because it builds confidence. Like I’ve said, I think he’s played really well.”
Revis agreed with Schiano that he has been a little behind on year.
“Yeah it has been a tough year for me individually coming off of the ACL and just trying to get back into football shape, and just trying to get back into the football mode – because I was out it practically the whole year last year," Revis said. "It was the third game (when the injury occurred) being away from football that long, it does take a toll on you physically and mentally. This year was physical and mental at the same time just trying to get back, and also being traded and being with a new team. And trying to get comfortable with this defensive scheme because it was totally different than what I came from. So it has been a rough year but at the same time, things happen like that and you have to take your bumps and keep on pushing.”
Despite the 4-10 season so far, Revis sees some positive things that haveoccurred with his secondary teammates this year, and said he was proud of the unit’s turnaround, with them currently ranked 13th overall in defense after finishing 29th in 2012.
“I think it is great, I think it is great,” Schiano said. “We had a young secondary, and you add pieces like Dashon Goldson and me and some of the younger guys can look up to guys who are experienced That is great, we have been taking them under our wing, and trying to help them the best way we can and they are responding. Like I said it has been a rough year but I think it has been a good learning experience for all of us to take forward.”
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