TAMPA, Fla. -- One of the hot topics among Tampa Bay fans is how the Buccaneers are using cornerback Darrelle Revis.
They're using him in zone coverage at least some of the time and that's not sitting well with fans who think Revis should be in one-on-one coverage all the time. There was at least one play (a touchdown by DeSean Jackson) in Sunday's loss to Philadelphia where it clearly looked like Revis was expecting safety help.
But coach Greg Schiano said Wednesday that Revis isn't being used in a zone as much as some people think.
"He is being used often times in man-to-man coverage, whether the whole coverage is man to man or just him taking a guy out of the play, most fans won't be able to figure that out by watching it," Schiano said. "But we do use his skills differently than some other guys because he has the ability to cover one on one. Does he do it every snap? No. There are times when you give him a breather and let him play zone, but not very many. We position him in a way that he plays a lot of one-on-one coverage. We give him flexibility because of his experience."
Schiano also said that Revis hasn't completely recovered from a knee injury that forced him to miss most of last season.
"I don't think [he has] a ways to go, but he's not 100 percent yet," Schiano said. "I think he'll be really happy when he feels like it's all the way back. But, as I've said many times, he has such experience, such explosion that even when he's not 100 percent he's still very, very effective. He's been effective this year."