Is this the case of Darrelle Revis attempting to save his coaches posterior? Is is it Revis simply being honest? Maybe a mixture of both? Either way, Revis, who has not be used in man-to-man scenarios this year (only playing zone coverage) recently came out and suggested he hasn’t been healthy enough to play in a press scenario:
Revis said during his weekly radio show on WDAE (620 AM) on Thursday that his reconstructed left knee prohibited him from playing the press man style that has made him arguably the best cornerback in the league.
“Earlier in the year, I didn’t have the explosion to play press; the receiver would just run the (vertical) 9-route on me and I didn’t have the stamina to do that play in and play out, especially playing press.
“I mean, you get physical up there playing press coverage and then actually just running. That’s running full speed — you and the receiver. I didn’t have that yet.”
Of course, Revis’ admission comes just days after head coach Greg Schiano more or less admitted he made a mistake by not playing Revis in man-to-man situations, though, Revis says he couldn’t have done so due to his ACL recovery.
Either way, as Revis continues to get healthier, the Pro Bowl corner should be playing in more specified roles going forward.