Society’s rules dictate that separation in a relationship should be difficult. Apparently Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis does not share this sentiment. Recently the New York Daily News reported that Revis heaped massive praise on Tampa Bay during an interview with the Beaver County Times in his hometown of Alquippa,PA. He said that playing for this organization is “great.” Revis also directly addressed his time with the New York Jets.
There was a description of the transition to this media environment as “tough.” He goes on to say “I accepted it; I just wanted to play football.” These words suggest that some burden always existed with trying to excel under pressure. A smaller atmosphere could leave him to feel more comfortable. Recapping the relationship between Gang Green and Revis presents some difficulty.
Fans loved this superstar because of his obvious talent as well as his likable personality. The Jets enjoyed an ability to lock down opposing number one receivers. Expectations developed that “Revis Island” would never relocate. Underlying issues, however, ensured that change would occur.
As previously mentioned, contract concerns began in 2010 while the first holdout ensued. Jets owner Woody Johnson later responded with his infamous “Band Aid Contract.” Franchising their player became impossible and cap restrictions this past offseason further complicated matters. Both organizations appear heading in opposite directions after the 2012 season.
Tampa Bay might have finished 7-9 but expectations are high entering 2013. The addition of safety Dashon Goldson also helps in pass coverage. Quarterback Josh Freeman must step up or face being benched by rookie Mike Glennon. New York seems to be rebuilding, however, with players like quarterback Geno Smith and Dee Milliner. Regardless of who is starting for the Bucs I expect their offense to be interesting with running back Doug Martin and receiver Vincent Jackson. Moving to Tampa Bay offers Revis a better destination from a competitive perspective and smaller media market.