Revis says knee has limited his ability to play press coverage
Bucs coach Greg Schiano and his staff has been under scrutiny for not using shutdown cornerback Darrelle Revis enough in press, man-to-man coverage.
But according to Revis, his recovery from ACL surgery on his left knee wasn't fast enough to allow him to play his normal game early in the season.
"It's a process I've got to go through,'' Revis said Friday. "It does take awhile. I'm not all the way there yet, but you've got
to change your game and that's what I had to do.''
Where is Revis in that process heading into Sunday's game at Seattle? He will have had 10 days between games since limiting Carolina receiver Steve Smith to four catches for 42 yards.
"I'm getting back to myself,'' Revis said. "The last game I pressed Steve Smith every chance I got. So I'm getting there. It's a process. I've got to keep on strenghtening my leg and getting stronger.''
Revis said earlier in the year, he didn't have the strength or stamina to repeatedly line up in press coverage.
No...it's the plays that if a guy is running you off four or five times, you need those reps,'' Revis said. "You need that blood up. I wasn't getting that. I wasn't even feeling comfortable even running from press coverage to go. It's just something that's going to take some time.''
Bucs coach Greg Schiano said that while Revis has been in man-to-man coverage often, the coaches let him decide whether to play press or off the receiver.
"He's had like two and a half great weeks of practice,'' Schiano said. "I think he played lights out against Steve Smith the other night. Darrelle is the consummate pro. I have nothing but faith and believe that he knows what he can and can't do and that's why we give him a lot of latitude on technique, how he wants to do it. Because he knows better than anybody. He's the best to ever play the position.
"Like I can press you up and play you man or I can play you man from 10-yards off. Is it going to be exactly the same end product? Probably not. It looks different and feels different. But it's still assignment-wise the same.''
How does Revis feel now?
"I felt good,'' Revis said. "I'm just going to keep on continuing to do what I do and getting my leg stronger.''