Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/18/13
Philadelphia wide receiver DeSean Jackson had just hauled in a 12-yard touchdown pass against the Buccaneers on Sunday running away from All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis on a simple slant pattern. Up in the TV booth at Raymond James Stadium Fox analyst and former Tampa Bay cornerback Ronde Barber watched the play develop. “To me it looks like Darrelle's looking for some inside help from his safety'' Barber said as Bucs fans viewed a TV replay that ended with a dejected Revis heading to the sideline. Jackson a speedster who vowed last week that Revis couldn't keep up with him added a 36-yard scoring catch in Philadelphia's 31-20 triumph splitting safeties Mark Barron and Dashon Goldson before breaking open in the left corner. “Just mis-communication on a couple of things'' Revis said Thursday. “We've got to do a better job in the secondary. We feel that's the strength of our defense and we've got to play better.'' A year removed from knee surgery Revis said he is close to 100 percent. Heading into Sunday's matchup at Atlanta some Bucs fans want to know why the NFL's highest-paid corner — his six-year $96-million contract pays $16 million a year in salary and bonuses — isn't in man coverage 100 percent of the time. Defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan is aware of complaints that Tampa Bay coaches aren't maximizing Revis' skills as perhaps the NFL's best cover corner since Deion Sanders. “I invite them (fans) to join us at 5:20 and hang out until about 11 on the first four nights of the week'' Sheridan said with a smile. “They can help us put the whole game plan together. We'll be happy to take their suggestions on how we can better use Darrelle.'' Then Sheridan whose defense has improved from 32nd to 16th this season turned serious. “We painstakingly game plan on how best to use all of our personnel'' he said. “My perception is Darrelle is doing a good job. People are smart enough that they're not going to challenge him a ton. We are counting on him to play on their best receiver as well as play our zone coverage — and he readily accepts that role.'' Both of Jackson's touchdowns exploited holes in Tampa Bay's zone scheme as safeties were caught out of position.
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