In an interview with the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday, the veteran cornerback ripped former Bucs head coach Greg Schiano, saying he created a “real tense atmosphere” that made players not want to come to work.
“The atmosphere, I felt like, was real tense,” Revis said. “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.”
Schiano had many faults as a coach, none bigger than his unwillingness to listen to suggestions, according to Revis.
“There’s a difference between being a head coach and in control of the whole team and the whole organization at the time,” Revis said. “Everybody’s got their own schemes and what they bring to the table.
“I wish he would have listened to some of the players a little bit more, especially the veterans and some of the older guys. 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.”
If Revis wanted more of a players coach, he certainly got his wish with the hiring of Lovie Smith, the antithesis of Schiano. Smith is expected to bring his Cover-2 scheme, which isn’t the best fit for Revis, whose strength is man coverage.
Regardless, seemingly for the first time in months, the former All-Pro is excited to get to work.
“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.
“With Greg, we were just very detailed. With Lovie, he’ll give us a little more freedom to take control of the defense, of the scheme, and try to enhance certain things about the defense, whether it’s with Gerald McCoy and the defensive line or Lavonte [David] and the linebackers or Dashon and us on the back end.”
It goes without saying, but the Buccaneers absolutely made the right move by firing Schiano. The disciplinarian attitude only works when you’re winning. Just look at Tom Coughlin.
Between that and his embarrassing rushing-the-victory-formation moment, the MRSA breakout at the team facilities, and a dismal coaching record, it was very much time to go in a different direction.