The next time an athlete and coach involved in a dispute say their problems have been resolved, remember Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis recent assessment of former coach Greg Schiano.
Revis was reportedly upset with how Schiano did not utilize his defensive skills during the 2013 season. In addition, Revis did not like Schiano’s strict approach with players. Revis was so disappointed, he went to the facility on his off day to speak with Schiano.
However, Revis denied he had any animosity toward Schiano, and said there was “zero truth” to those reports.
Schiano was fired after the regular season and replaced by Lovie Smith. That was enough security for Revis to finally admit he did not like Schiano’s approach.
“The atmosphere, I felt like, was real tense,” Revis told Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “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.”
In fact, Revis told Stroud some of the veteran players at this year’s Pro Bowl described Schiano’s schemes, especially on defense, as a “joke.”
“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.”
Revis, we feel your pain. There is a reason why most of us can watch the movie Office Space with laughter, yet, a slight depression.
The good news for Revis is he no longer has to worry about Schiano.
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