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Revis says "zero" truth to reports he's unhappy: "Why wouldn't I be happy?"



Bucs star cornerback Darrelle Revis said Wednesday there was "zero truth" to the FOX Sports report that stated he's unhappy with coach Greg Schiano's strict rules and lack of man coverage.

"Why wouldn't I be happy here?" Revis said. "They gave me an opportunity coming off my injury to play football. I'm excited to be here and at the end of the day, all I want to do is win games."

"I think it comes with us being 0-2 and people start to say rumors here or there. But everything's fine. We're just trying to stick together as a team."

Revis said he went up to Schiano's office on Tuesday's team-off day because he wanted to see him "face-to-face" and clear the air. 

"I just wanted to make sure me and coach is on the same page," Revis said. "A lot of things in the paper do get out, or rumors here or there, but I wanted to make sure, I wanted to talk to him personally just to let you know, 'I don't know if you believe it or not,' just make sure that he saw me. Because, during this time, it's a tough time for this team, we're 0-2 and we don't want distractions. The one thing we do want is to focus on the week and the team we have to prepare against. I wanted to make sure I saw him face-to-face."

Schiano said he appreciated Revis' gesture, as it wasn't requested, and wasn't necessary.

"There was a lot of stuff floating around I guess and he said, 'Coach I wanted to set it straight,'" Schiano said. "Great, good to see him, but really not necessary. I told him, 'I love coaching you.' He said, 'I love playing here.' Let's go. There was nothing. It was good that he came up."

When Revis was acquired from the Jets in the offseason, he and Schiano talked about how much he likes matching up man-to-man on the opponent's top receiver, making it "Revis Island."

But in one of the most pivotal plays in Sunday's loss to the Saints, Revis was on the outside while CB Leonard Johnson was matched up with New Orleans' top target, Marques Colston, who made a key 31-yard catch to set up the game-winning field goal.

"At that time, it was the end of the game," Revis said. "You can't really pinpoint one play because the game is on the line. We all have to do our jobs here, whether we are in man coverage or in zone coverage, and we all have to execute jobs at the end of the day, and that's why I'm here, I'm here to execute my job whatever we're in."

When asked if he was surprised he wasn't lined up on Colston, Revis was diplomatic.

"The game is so fast, it happened," Revis said. "You can't sit here and say, 'Well if he was on him, he could help intercept it or bat it down? I think that's taking away from my teammate Leonard. He could have intercepted the ball or batted it down. It's just something, it happens. The only thing we can do as a team and as a defense is learn from it and next time one of those sitautions come up, try to take care of it the best we can."


[Last modified: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 4:01pm]


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