Cornerback Darrelle Revis has been a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for five months, so he is set for either a holdout or a tantrum. This time, it appears to be the latter.
The seemingly always disgruntled Revis (who knows what a gruntled Revis would look like at this point) is upset with his new team just two games into his Tampa Bay career, according to Fox Sports national NFL reporter Mike Garafolo. There is a severe culture shock for Revis in Tampa Bay as he adjusts to the strict disciplinarian style of second-year head coach Greg Schiano and not the player-friendly approach of the past four years with the New York Jets under head coach Rex Ryan.
The Buccaneers are 0-2 right now, having lost to the Jets and the New Orleans Saints by a combined three points. They face the Patriots on Sunday.
According to Garafolo, “Sources have told me Schiano’s rules, [are] a little too strict for him after coming from Rex Ryan” leading to the discontent. There are also issues with the defense as he switches from Ryan’s man-to-man defense employed in New York to a zone defense with the Buccaneers.
The man-to-man scheme is a perfect fit for Revis, and it helped him earn the nickname “Revis Island” as a Jet.
Revis had two public holdouts during his time with the Jets, leading new general manager John Idzik to ship to game’s most talented cornerback to the Buccaneers this past April. With Revis able to opt out of his Jets deal after this season, New York didn’t want a costly contract given their already tight salary cap restraints. So Revis was traded to Tampa Bay in a deal that netted the Jets a first-round pick that they used on former Missouri defensive end Sheldon Richardson – and gave the Buccaneers a brewing tempest.
In New York with the Jets, Revis was often praised by the coaching staff, perhaps in an effort to keep the enigmatic cornerback checked into the program. But teammates would talk off the record about a player who was emotionally distant and didn’t possess a tremendous work ethic in practice.
That isn’t going to work with his new boss.
Schiano is a strict disciplinarian, a reason why New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick recommended him to the Buccaneers franchise to be their head coach last winter. Belichick saw first hand Schiano’s firm hand as his son Stephen was a long snapper when Schiano was the head coach at Rutgers. That up-close experience with Schiano’s attention to detail and no-nonsense approach led to Belichick’s endorsement last year.
This isn’t the first time a veteran player has openly bristled at Schiano’s ways. Current Jets tight end Kellen Winslow even took a shot at Schiano’s style after he left the team last summer, telling the Tampa Bay Times that under Schiano, “You can’t laugh, you can’t joke around.”
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Kristian R. Dyer covers the Jets for Metro New York and also contributes to Yahoo Sports. He can be followed for news and random tweetings @KristianRDyer