Darrelle Revis: Atmosphere was ‘real tense’ with Greg Schiano as Bucs coach

Greg-Schiano-BucsGreg Schiano was not very well-liked during his two-year tenure with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Darrelle Revis probably expected better than a 4-12 campaign last season, and I’m sure he and most of his teammates are glad that they get to start fresh with a new head coach in 2014. Revis basically admitted as much on Wednesday.

“The atmosphere, I felt like, was real tense,” Revis told Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.”Guys didn’t like coming to work. That’s one of the things you have to have, a stress-free atmosphere and environment. You’re going to get everything out of everybody if it’s stress-free and let people be who they are. I just didn’t feel he did a very good job of that. It was a learning experience for him as well, and hopefully, if he ever gets another stab at it, he’ll do things differently.”

Back in October, current and former Bucs players described Schiano as an A-hole who wants to be like Bill Belichick. He was even so strict that he reportedly told Dexter Jackson, who won a Super Bowl MVP trophy in Tampa, to leave a team practice.

“I wish he would have listened to some of the players a little bit more, especially the veterans and some of the older guys,” Revis added. “We can go down the line like Dashon Goldson, Davin Joseph, Carl Nicks, Vincent Jackson and those type of guys and listen to them. But he was the boss, and you’ve got to fall in line.”

Coaching in the NFL is much different from coaching in college. Belichick acts like a jerk during press conferences, but even he doesn’t rule with as much of an iron fist as people think. Like Revis said, there were players on the Bucs roster who were much more familiar with life in the NFL than Schiano was.

The Bucs seemingly switched gears by hiring Lovie Smith, who is known for being more of a players’ coach.

“I love to play ball, and if we’re going to run the Cover 2 scheme, I have to master the Cover 2.” Revis said. “I feel confident in Lovie and (defensive coordinator) Leslie Frazier, too. They have a lot of experience in the league with unbelievable players. I think we have great talent. We just need the right personnel and the right coaches.”

We all knew it was only a matter of time before Schiano was shown the door. Based on what guys like Revis have said, maybe he belongs in college.

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Darrelle Revis blasts New York Jets fans over death threats, Twitter harassment

Darrelle-RevisDarrelle Revis picked up his first ever victory as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night, but his focus was not solely on his current team after the game. During a chat with Bart Hubbuch of the NY Post, Revis blasted “bitter” New York Jets fans for sending him death threats and getting on his case since he was traded in April.

“I get harassed every day on Twitter [by Jets fans], and I barely even tweet,” the star cornerback said. “And you just get tired of it. You’ve got to have a backbone, because guys are saying, ‘F–k you!’ and ‘I want to kill you!’ It’s crazy, but I’ve been getting death threats from them since my first holdout [in 2010]. It’s just bitter Jets fans.”

Revis admitted that he was annoyed by the Jets fan who asked him if he would rather be making $12 million and winning in New York as opposed to $16 million and losing in Tampa earlier this month. The 28-year-old’s response made it sound like he only cares about money.

“I said what I said, and I meant it — to that particular person,” Revis said. “It don’t have to be toward the New York Jets or nothing. They’re trying to say I’m money hungry, but I’m not really concerned about that. I used to play in New York, so I’m used to getting booed. I’m a pro about that, and that’s nothing I’m concerned about.”

He added that the people who are close to him know how badly he wants to win a Super Bowl, which is all that matters. Revis also said he has hardly paid attention to what the Jets have done this season. He said New York fans should do the same with him.

“They’re still not over the fact that I’m not there no more, and they give me crap all the time on Twitter,” he said. “It don’t help with the record [the Buccaneers have], but at the same time, just let it go. I’m not there no more, Jets fans. I’m not there. When I left, I left with class. I didn’t leave saying, ‘Eff the Jets organization’ or anything like that. You’ve got to move on.”

To an extent, Revis is right. It doesn’t really matter if he forced his way out of New York or if the Jets didn’t want him anymore. Their team is currently 5-4 and in the playoff hunt. It’s time to leave the past in the past.

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Darrelle Revis would rather make more money and lose with Bucs than play for Jets

Darrelle-RevisDarrelle Revis has had a quiet first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A lot of that has to do with the fact that the team is 0-8 and could be the worst in the NFL. Some of it has to do with the fact that Tampa Bay has insisted on playing zone coverages when they have one of the best shutdown cornerbacks in the game at their disposal.

Whatever the case, Revis is perfectly content where he is. He signed a six-year, $96 million deal with the Bucs last year after being traded, which is far more than the Jets were willing to pay. Meanwhile, the Jets improved to 5-4 on Sunday with a win over the New Orleans Saints. Revis doesn’t seem to care.

Hey, at least he’s honest. We like to think professional athletes care more about winning than money, but that’s usually not the case. It’s probably not that difficult to lay your head on the pillow at night when you’re making $1 million per game, regardless of your team’s record.

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Darrelle Revis sharing inside information on New York Jets with Bucs

Darrelle RevisDarrelle Revis was traded from the New York Jets to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the offseason, and wouldn’t you know, the teams will meet during Week 1 of the NFL season.

One thing the Jets probably didn’t count on when they made the trade was Revis using his inside information to help beat his former team, which is exactly what the cornerback is doing.

According to Tampa Bay Times Bucs reporter Rick Stroud, Revis said Wednesday that he is sharing his knowledge of the Jets with his new teammates to help them prepare.

“I know these guys…I got a bunch of tips on these guys and the good thing about it, I’ve been sharing them. We’ll come in this game real comfortable just the experience of me knowing these guys,” Revis said of his old and new teammates.

Revis also says he’s talking with Tampa’s offensive coordinator to give him information on what the Jets’ defense does.

“I’ll spill the beans and let him know what we used to run.. what things coach Ryan might do. It’s almost like stealing a little bit. That’s what you’ve got to do.”

Well, that certainly is nice and all that Revis will be sharing the information with his new team, but this is the Jets we’re talking about. Is anyone really too concerned with them? Do you even have to worry about “stealing” when they’re going to be using Geno Smith at quarterback? Probably not. But this is just more reason to anticipate a big Bucs win, even if they are on the road.

Darrelle Revis: Richard Sherman should ‘quit attaching his career to mine’

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis has plenty to worry about at the moment. He is reportedly progressing nicely in his rehab from ACL surgery and is targeting a return in the regular season opener. However, we have learned over the past six months that he is never too busy to talk about Seattle Seahawks corner Richard Sherman.

Sherman and Revis are widely considered to be the two best shutdown defensive backs in the league, and they do not like each other. Sherman began the feud back in January when he randomly posted stats on Twitter trying to prove that he is superior to Revis. On Wednesday, Revis touched on the subject once again.

“He needs to quit attaching his career to my career,” Revis told USA TODAY Sports. “A lot of people need to have respect for this game. I’m not just talking about him. Respect what people have done to pave the way. Deion paved the way. Rod Woodson paved the way. Darrell Green. Mel Blount. Champ Bailey. Charles Woodson. Yeah, we’re the next group, but you don’t need to be getting into it with me.”

Last time Revis ripped Sherman he accused him of running his mouth like a little girl, so he wasn’t quite as animated this time. His point is that the whole Revis-Sherman feud shouldn’t be bigger than the game. Both players are young and neither is a Hall of Famer just yet.

“At the end of the day, this is a fraternity,” Revis continued. “We’re all in this together, competing. But you don’t have to shoot nobody else down. You can’t crown yourself as anything in this league. You’ve got to earn it.”

If Sherman’s last comments about Revis are true, he should, in theory, ignore Revis’ latest smack talk. Personally, I wouldn’t mind having either cornerback anchoring my defense. Assuming Revis comes back healthy, you might as well flip a coin.

Darrelle Revis reportedly paid Mark Barron $50,000 for jersey No. 24

Darrelle-RevisDarrelle Revis will be wearing an unfamiliar jersey when he kicks off the 2013 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he will reportedly be wearing a familiar number thanks to his incredibly deep pockets. Last season, the Bucs’ No. 24 jersey was worn by safety Mark Barron. Now, the Bucs’ website lists Barron as No. 23. Revis had a lot to do with that.

According to Paul Lukas of Uni Watch, Revis paid Barron a whopping $50,000 for the number.

“A well-placed source tells me that the amount Darrelle Revis paid to Mark Barron in order to get Barron to give up No. 24 was — get this — $50,000,” Lukas said Tuesday. “Is that a record? Is it not even close? Has anyone been tracking these uni number transactions over the years?”

Revis is scheduled to earn nearly $15 million between salary and bonuses with the Bucs this season, so he can certainly afford that kind of scratch. That being said, $50,000 is still $50,000. Most of us would be lucky to make around $50,000 in a year, let alone paying that amount of money for something as trivial as a jersey number.

Revis and Barron aren’t the first players to strike a deal for a jersey this offseason, but Patriots safety Adrian Wilson got off much cheaper in his agreement with Kyle Arrington. Barron would have been stupid to not take that deal.

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Darrelle Revis reportedly spends last days in NYC partying in clubs

Darrelle-RevisDarrelle Revis is heading from The Big Apple to God’s waiting room. I’m sure there is plenty to do in the great city of Tampa Bay, but you’re probably more likely to come across a pair of a Mickey Mouse ears or a shuffleboard court than a trendy nightclub in most parts of Florida. So Revis is making the most of his last days in New York.

Revis, who was traded from the New York Jets to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the weekend, reportedly spent his final days in New York City club hopping and partying all night. According to the NY Post’s Page Six, Revis and some friends cheered for the Knicks on Saturday before raging into the wee hours of the morning.

After the game, Revis headed to Chelsea for a Sunset Saturday party at PH-D rooftop lounge. He was seen arriving at the Dream Downtown at about 6:15 p.m. with a crew of two guys and five gals in tow. ‘Revis’ group stayed for a few hours and hung with fans,’ a spy said. The player signed a six-year, $96 million contract to move to the Bucs, so he had more than enough to splurge on champagne.”

Revis clearly has hard feelings toward the Jets as he starts the next phase of his career, but it’s nice to hear he was hanging out with some fans. The members of Jet Nation have nothing to do with the business decisions made by the team. Woody Johnson and John Idzik may not deserve an expensive glass of champagne, but the fans who supported a team that repeatedly came up short sure do.