Warren Sapp rips Tim Tebow by ripping two ex-teammates

On this week’s Inside the NFL, Warren Sapp was asked to assess Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow’s first start against the Oakland Raiders. And Sapp said he was decidedly unimpressed with Tebow — and with a couple of Sapp’s former Raiders teammates who played against Tebow on Sunday.

Sapp acknowledged that Tebow’s 33-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Lloyd may look impressive in the box score. But according to Sapp, that touchdown had little to do with Tebow and much to do with terrible coverage by the two Raiders defensive backs on the play.

“The one he threw in the end zone? Stanford Routt and Michael Huff played the worst I’ve ever seen two DBs play a pass,” Sapp said.

Routt and Huff both played with Sapp in Oakland. I have a feeling those ex-teammates won’t be exchanging Christmas gifts this year.

Sapp also dismissed Tebow’s other big play against the Raiders, a 40-yard touchdown run that Sapp said was actually a botched handoff on which Tebow got lucky.

“He’s running down the middle of the field on one of these missed handoffs that he forgets to hand off to the running back, then follows him in the hole,” Sapp said.

Overall, Sapp said, Tebow just didn’t look like a competent NFL quarterback.

“In 16 pass attempts he completed eight balls. Four of them were screens,” Sapp said. “If your quarterback cannot hand it off and then throws four screens of his eight completions? No. Back to the drawing board.”

76 responses to “Warren Sapp rips Tim Tebow by ripping two ex-teammates

  1. Typical of Ms. Tiki Sapp! What a Blowhard with nothing interesting to ever say as a commentator. No one takes her serious.

  2. warren sapp is garbage and should not even be involved with the nfl. he might of been an ok lineman but as for his knowledge of the game he is an idiot. tebow threw the ball to the OPEN receiver. i hate the broncos but come on the dude is better then the starter. and TOM BRADY FOR MVP

  3. I’m listening if Sappy is rating cheeseburgers. As for his NFL commentary…..ZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz
    Too many of these ex-jocks are dumb as stumps and carry big agendas.

  4. Tom Brady does many things very well and is an ELITE quarterback….BUT …what he does best of all is make the”THROW THE FLAG” gesture when any defensive play comes within 5 yards of him. No wonder he always is listed as having a sore shoulder. If you are whipping your arm up 50 times a game to mimic a penalty flag being thrown you would have to have a sore arm.

  5. Those who can’t play, criticize. Once big fat fatty joined the Raiders:
    ’04: 5-11
    ’05: 4-12
    ’06: 2-14
    ’07: 4-12.

    Now THAT’S excellence.

  6. The coverage was fine, the problem was the CB letting a for sure pick go right threw his hands and into the receivers hands.

    Sapp is bitter, he was not included in the top 100 NFL Players on NFL Network and it is killing him. As far as Tebow?, impressed with what, he looked bad and lost in a Blow Out.

  7. Sapp is correct, however he is like many other people with telescopic vision. He only sees pwhat he wants to see. That is like reading the ending of the book and ignoring the contents.

    Yes it was poor defense, but all QB’s benefit from that from time to time.

    Yes it was a broken play, but Tebow knew what to do about it and had the ability to do so…props to him

    What about the other potential TD pass that hit teammate Ball right in the hands in the endzone?.

    Fortunately, Warren has room for improvement.

  8. Yes, and I’ll bet some of Sapp’s ex-team mates could comment on his big mouth and lack of run stopping ability while he was here. As I recalled he blamed “the system” when all he really had to do was look in the mirror.
    The mouth that roared…

    Tebow did o.k. The end zone pass was a gift. Merry Xmas.

  9. So, let me get this straight. Sapp thinks Tebow blew an handoff on a CALLED QB draw? Ok. Whatever. How does he have a job as an analyst? Is it because he can’t keep his mouth shut?

    And that TD catch had more to do with Brandon Lloyd making a great catch.

    We’ll find out more about Timothy Richard this weekend. If he can’t throw on the Texan’s secondary, then Denver better hope Carolina wins so they can draft Luck.

  10. Sapp is bitter because Big Al let him retire instead of offering him a bunch of money to stick around for a couple of more years, even though he wasn’t nearly as productive as he had been. That, and he never got along with Cable. Truthfully, he’s had nothing but negative to say about the Raiders since he left.. and lord knows, I know that Oakland is a different animal in the NFL, but just shut up already Warren. Yeah.. we know.. you don’t like Oakland… boo hoo..

  11. Sapp just reminded me why I don’t watch any show that he is on.

    Yeah, Tebow sucks take him out. One game is always enough to evaluate a QB. Keep on keepin’ on Warren!

  12. People on this string may not be fans of Sapp, but that doesn’t ignore the fact he was right. The Tebow pass went through both defenders hands before Lloyd caught the ball sitting on his butt in the end zone and the rest of his passing stats don’t lie. One performance does not make or break a career, obviously, but Tebow was decidedly unimpressive.

  13. shouldn’t sapp be abusing his date by pummeling her with his fists in a sleazy hotel somewhere? that is what he excels at. oh yeah, he is also pretty good at blindsiding guys 60 yards from the play by blasting them in the back as hard as he can to make a highlight reel and feel good about himself. and he is the best at all time at modelling kimonos. sapp is a disgraceful human being.

  14. Anybody who saw Tim play would admit the following:
    1. He played better than everyone thought.
    2. His long balls are sssslow.
    3. He gives 100% every play.
    4. There is lots of room for improvement.
    5. He was shackled by a poor game plan (b/c the team wasn’t sure how he was gonna play).

    He is already better than Orton because he can MOVE HIS FEET. Orton the statue is Marino w/o the arm and accuracy.

    I love how virtually everybody is celebrating Christmas with gifts, booze, friends, family, etc–a holiday celebrating CHRIST–but blast TT for his devotion. So strange…

  15. Sapp was right. The guy was playing sand lot ball. It will take nothing for NFL D coordinators to game plan a run first QB. The announcers in that game were slobbering all over him. Tebow may end up a success, but he isn’t even close yet.

  16. @schmittydiesel

    Well arent you the big dummy. Since Tebow has already came out and said that play was supposed to be a hand off that he botched and not a QB sneak. You do get points for using caps to try to prove your point

  17. I look at Sapp as a clown in the Michael Irvin/Deion Sanders/Chris Carter mold….HOWEVER in a way I think he’s right on this. I don’t think Tebow is going ever amount to much as a pro QB….he looks like a mechanical man out there. too stiff, his throwing motion is horrible. I know he’s a good kid and a hard worker but NO, it ain’t gonna happen for him…..sorry

  18. warren sapp is an idiot..what did he expect, tom brady in his prime? The fact that Tebow was able to make a few big plays when things didn’t go as expected is promising for the broncos. Anyone who expected this guy to be perfect in his first NFL start shouldn’t be payed to talk about fball.

  19. Can’t you attribute about half of NFL TD passes to mishaps in coverage? Isn’t that what you’re supposed to do as an NFL QB? Find holes in the coverage and make a play?

    I’m not even a Tebow apologist. Far from it as a Georgia alum actually.

    How-eva… I don’t see Sapp calling out every other NFL QB that throws a lot of screens and exposes poor coverage.

  20. Sapp? Oh yeah, brilliant. I have said it before and I will repeat it, back in the day there were some competent announcers/commentators. To me this was mainly because there weren’t many of them. Now anyone can be a commentator…Michael Irvin? marble mouth Shannon Sharpe? Give me a break from these “experts”.

  21. “So, let me get this straight. Sapp thinks Tebow blew an handoff on a CALLED QB draw?”

    Tebow’s own words: “To be honest, that was a mistake on my part. I was supposed to hand it to Buck, and I ran it. It ended up working,” Tebow said. “It was a draw, and I was supposed to hand it to [Correll Buckhalter]. I thought it was the Q Draw and I just ran it. Buck went up and led for me and made a good block and I cut off his block and we scored.”

  22. ravendad1 says:
    Dec 25, 2010 12:28 PM
    Tom Brady does many things very well and is an ELITE quarterback….BUT …what he does best of all is make the”THROW THE FLAG” gesture when any defensive play comes within 5 yards of him. No wonder he always is listed as having a sore shoulder. If you are whipping your arm up 50 times a game to mimic a penalty flag being thrown you would have to have a sore arm.
    _______________________________

    what a homer statement; PUleeaze!!! Every QB makes the “throw the flag gesture”, maybe your just too much of a Raven homer to notice that Flacco does it too,. They ALL do it – it’s part of the game. Brady carries a helluva lot more weight with the league and refs because he’s actually won something-thrice over.
    Stop trying to be like Terrrll Thuggs and have an-unwarranted, baseless agenda against THE BEST QUARTERBACK OF THIS ERA….TOM Effing BRADY!!! case closed.

    As Tom so eloquently put it that last time the Ravens came up short against the Pats: “they beaten us once in 9 tries” back to the drawing board for Ray-the Murderer Lewis, Thugs, and their band of pretenders… Flacco will never win anything, poor awareness and inability to consistently find the open/correct target. How can it take the Raven brass an entire season to figure who their best player on Offense is – Ray Rice from Rutgers…
    their time is coming-just don’t hate on a player because he’s doing everything he can to win-if Flacco had any Juice, he’d do it all he can as well.

  23. Ahhhh. The Raider DBs. They’re really fast. Among the fastest in their draft class. Strange thing though… none of them could catch Tebow. None of them could catch Louis Rankin in preseason…or Matt Forte…or even that sled, Rashad Jennings, who looked like he was running in slow motion.

    74 yard TD run for the slowest RB I’ve ever seen. UNTOUCHED.

    That was really hard to watch. Once the Raiders learn to stop GIVING games away, they’ll be ‘back’. In order for that to happen, this current crop of DBs may have to be upgraded.

  24. And so the fat bastard speaks again. I applaud Mr. Sapp. It’s hard to speak at all when you’re all hopped up on coke and weed.

  25. Come to think of it, I’ve been a Raider fan longer than Warren Sapp has been alive. The worst Raider defenses I have ever seen in my life had Warren Sapp on them, 2 or 3 years in a row.

    Remember the saying, Warren: “NFL Films. Where football lives FOREVER”. The film doesn’t lie. The film doesn’t die.

    The proof of those woeful Raider defenses will exist forever. Your great-great grandchildren will be able to see how just woeful those defenses were.

    Routt, Huff, Mitchell, Branch? They’re not that great, but I don’t remember Sapp ever making the D better. In fact, the D didn’t start to improve until after Sapp retired.

  26. SAP
    Now let’s see,,,, the “new” NFL is all about image and player safety. So as their spokesman (marbles included,,,subtitles a must) they hire this sap.
    In 2004 he signs a 7 year deal with the Raiders for $37 million. He retires after the 2007 season. Counting is something else he knows nothing about,,,, unless it’s money..
    In 2002 he blindsides Chad Clifton, who is just jogging along,,,, 50 yards from the play. Clifton was hospitalized for a week and couldn’t walk unaided for five more weeks. And this sap is doing a dance while Clifton is lying on the ground.
    In 2002 he was “skipping” through the Steelers pre-game warmups. A pushing, shoving and shouting match ensued. He got fined, and lost the game.
    In 2003 he did the same sh** at the Colts and lost that one too.
    A week later, at the Skins, coming out of the tunnel, he “bumped” into a ref and got a $50,000 fine.
    In 2007, at the Jags, he got into a shouting match with a ref and “bumped” him. He got ejected and a $75,000 fine.
    And his answer to these unsportsmanlike conduct calls,,,,,, He is a slave to the NFL……..
    And the icing on the cake,,,,,in 2010 he was arrested for beating up his old lady.

    This P.O.S. is way short on class, character, integrity, guts, common sense and brains. The only thing he is long on is mouth and is a perfect match for the new and improved NFL…..

  27. Not sure, but isn’t that what a QB is supposed to do? Read the coverage, find the broken coverage and throw it to a receiver?!

    I am not a Tebow fanatic. Great running QB with a so-so arm but to say he wasn’t impressive at all is like saying Sapp only got his sacks off of horrible offensive lineman.

    In fact, Warren, you never impressed me at all. What did happen is the offensive linemen you got your sacks off of just blew their blocking schemes.

    Once a d-bag always a d-bag. Can’t stand listening to that waste of O2 talk.

  28. ravendad1 says:
    Dec 25, 2010 12:28 PM
    Tom Brady does many things very well and is an ELITE quarterback….BUT …what he does best of all is make the”THROW THE FLAG” gesture when any defensive play comes within 5 yards of him. No wonder he always is listed as having a sore shoulder. If you are whipping your arm up 50 times a game to mimic a penalty flag being thrown you would have to have a sore arm.
    __________________________
    Brady did that once, and it was his third or fourth game back from a serious injury on a similar hit. He has not done it once since. So to say he does it all the time shows your lack of intelligence. Rather have him than Mr. Playoff, Flaccid, or whatever his name is.

  29. I am a Raider fan who wasnt impressed by Timmy Rah-Rahs play…

    But hey I hope the Denver brain trust (useing that term very losely like I do with our Clueless owner/GM/head of scouting/head of player personell/part time DC, Al Davis) thinks hes the 2nd comeing of Christ. I mean Elway. That way Denver wont draft a real QB like Andrew Luck…..

    Maby we can team up Timmy Rah-Rah with our own dhBUST. You get a WR who cant catch & a qb who cant throw…..

  30. “In 16 pass attempts he completed eight balls. Four of them were screens,” Sapp said. ____________________________
    the Jets qb does this and the call him the franchise

  31. Don’t blame Sapp!! I’m sure he made those comments after smoking a joint and failing a drug test…sort of like the 8-9 he failed at Miami

    OR

    may be he was just pissed off after receiving a call from a mother of 1 of his kids he denies and has no contact with AND try’s to not pay child support for.

    Kind of funny…considering his father ran out on him as a child and left him fatherless…oh well the cycle continues…

    Oh yeah…this was a blog about Tebow…let’s all listen to Mr. Sapp…he knows what he’s talking about and has always been SO accountable himself!!!! Lol…Tool…

  32. It was a poorly thrown ball in the endzone though, the receiver made that play by adjusting to the ball and catching it on the ground, so yeah, it wasn’t a beautiful pass.

    Kind of like the catches Sidney Rice was making from T-Joke. He made T-Joke look good. He had to work to catch thyose passes though. They weren’t on target.

  33. Sapp isn’t alone in his opinion about Tebow. Many a retired Pro feels he doesn’t have the skills to compete in the NFL.

    Frankly, I don’t see why he creates such an uproar both for and against. He’s played one game. And we all know that success in college just doesn’t mean that much when it comes to success in the pros.

    Will he succeed? Who knows and more power to him. But I have rarely seen so may former Pros have such a negative opinion about the skills of a first round draft choice like they do with Tebow. Those opinions certainly aren’t meaningless and even though Sapp spoke too bluntly for some, his comments were dead accurate.

    And attacking Sapp or any other player is emaningless as to Tebow’s skills. So what’s the verdict? It’s just WAY too damned early to tell.

  34. I don’t like Tebow either, he can shove is religious crap up his rear; more proof of the existance of snow white and the 7 drarfs than religious nonsense!

  35. Warren Sapp has been a POS in my estimation, since he took out Chad Clifton with a disgusting cheap shot. When he was
    called on it, his jerk coach, (Gruden), defended him.

  36. Tebow is the only QB in the NFL that throws like a girl. Sapp is right. He looked horrible, and completing 8 of 16 passes is not impressive. You could tell the coaching staff was afraid to let Tebow throw, and the way he throws, it is understandable.

    Hate to play the race card, but if Tebow was black, he might not have been drafted, or at best, he would have been moved to half-back, TE or defense.

  37. milehiclown says: Dec 25, 2010 12:58 PM

    “I love how virtually everybody is celebrating Christmas with gifts, booze, friends, family, etc–a holiday celebrating CHRIST–but blast TT for his devotion. So strange…”

    You couldn’t be more right. Though almost none of them ever admit it MANY of the Tebow haters are just praying (to what I don’t know) for him to fail because of his faith. The kid threw a TD pass, had another dropped and ran a 40 yard TD in his very first start. He could score 4 TDs this week and the Sapps of the world will find a plethora of excuses. I’d like to know how many QBs in NFL history have run a 40 yard TD in their first start.

    Sapp you are a worthless, has-been blowhard. We Buccaneer fans were glad to see you go. The Bucs wouldn’t even talk to your agent and weren’t about to renew your contract at any price. And you sure did stink it up in Oakland.

  38. Amazingly there are many people who seem to feel they don’t live in glass houses, yet seem to do nothing but throw stones… Warren Sapp paid a debt that allows him to be paid as a commentator. His opinion is allowed, and I can’t see why anyone with the time to write a comment on here should feel they need to attack him personally when he gave nothing but his idea of the “play” of a player… I realize there are a lot of fans of a player or even a team, but what makes your opinion stronger then those who were involved in the sport?
    Just stick to the facts people and keep your own irrelavent opinions to yourself.

  39. Sam Bradford’s first start:
    32 of 55; 58.2%; 253yds; 1td; 3 int; 2 sacks; 53.1 rating

    Jimmy Clausen:
    16 of 33; 48.5%; 188yds; 0 td; 1 int; 1 sack; 53.6 rating

    Colt McCoy:
    23 of 33; 69.7%; 281yds; 1 td; 2 int; 5 sack; 80.5 rating

    Tim Tebow:
    8 of 16; 50.0%; 138yds; 1 td; 0 int; 2 sack; 100.5 rating

    For fun:
    Joe Flacco:
    15 of 29; 51.7%; 129yds; 0 td; 0 int; 0 sack; 63.7 rating

    Matt Ryan:
    9 of 13; 69.2%; 161yds; 1 td; 0 int; 1 sack; 137.0 rating

    Peyton Manning:
    21 of 37; 56.8%; 302yds; 1 td; 3 int; 4 sack; 58.6 rating

    Looks as if Tebow stacks up pretty well with some other high profile QB’s that started as rookies.

    If you expect a rookie to look like a five year vet, then I understand if you think Tebow wasn’t very impressive. But, I’d question your agenda.

  40. I love how the same people who blast tebow who was what the 26-27th pick for not having the skills to be a nfl qb after 1 start make excuses for the #1’s and top 10 ten picks by saying they need time to develop when they don’t star right away. can’t wait to hear how cam newton needs time,sorry but he and luck better win and now wherever they go! no excuses about how lousy thier teams are,hey that’s why they will be drafted to change the fortunes of thier lousy teams.tebow needs more than 3 games he will have this season before ou call him a bust.

  41. Two things worth noting:
    1. Sapp is right. Tebow was unimpressive in his first start.
    2. How many rookies are?

  42. Just LOSE baby !!

    Hey RayGuy, how’s the Seymour for your first round draft pick working out ?

    I love how the halloween franchise fans think they made a great trade when you had to franchise him after one season because he didn’t want to sign a contract with the slums of the East Bay.

    Merry XMAS. 8 years since your team has finished 500??

    Thanks for the laughs !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  43. xsorethumbx says:
    Dec 25, 2010 3:18 PM
    “In 16 pass attempts he completed eight balls. Four of them were screens,” Sapp said. ____________________________
    the Jets qb does this and the call him the franchise

    **************

    You got that right.

  44. The only thing bigger than Sapp’s gut is his big mouth and ego. He was so over rated when he played and is even more pathetic at what he does now.

  45. Tebow has the top passer rating in the NFL this season. Until that changes Fat Sap should stick a Rex Ryan sock in his mouth.

  46. warren sapp is a worn out ego inflated douche bag!
    you would think just by looking at him,he was the biggest idiot in the world,and when he opens his mouth, he proves it!

  47. When Tim Tebow becomes an elite NFL QB some day in the future, you are all going to have to eat your words.

  48. If you disagree with Sapp, you’re one of two types of people: A wishful Broncos fan or a brainwashed jesus (figurative) sodomizer.

  49. That fat windbag always sounds like he has a donut in his mouth. Maybe he is just dreaming of one. He’s another stellar example of how ex-superstars don’t always make the best analysts.

    Tebow played well within the limited game plan he was given. The Raider players themselves said the guy can play and has a promising future as an NFL QB.

  50. I really hope Denver fans are not holding their breath for Tebow. Really? He was drafted by McDaniels who may have been the worst thing ever to happen to Denver. Let’s take a look at Josh’s “deals”:

    1) Traded draft picks to pick Tebow in 1st round, when no one was expected to draft him in the first 3 rounds.

    2) Got rid of Cutler who had passed for 4000 yards.

    3) Got rid of Brandon Marshall, their best WR.

    4) Traded Peyton Hillis and draft picks for Brady Quinn (Hillis is averaging 4.5 yards per carry and has 14 TDs for the clowns).

    What’s my point? McDaniel is a moron who thinks he’s Bill Bilicheck. Tebow is just one of th emany moronic moves he made. It’s almost as if he was there just to ruin the Broncos. It would be hard to to a better job of that.

  51. hobartbaker says: Dec 25, 2010 7:06 PM

    Tebow has the top passer rating in the NFL this season. Until that changes Fat Sap should stick a Rex Ryan sock in his mouth.
    ___________________
    Incorrect. Antwaan Randle El does. He has a perfect 158.3 ranking.

  52. Why some of you think that Tebow’s religion makes ANY difference one way or another is astounding. who gives a sh**? I don’t care if he worships Jesus or Pazuzu. Big damn deal.

  53. Stanford Routt and Michael Huff actually played the coverage well. In reality, it’s a pass that shouldn’t have been thrown. Brandon Lloyd made a great play on the ball, and a little luck came into play when his legs came off the ground keeping his back in the endzone and his legs from going out of bounds.

    Tebow didn’t play as well as the media hyped it to be, but he did alright considering it was his first start. nobody should have expected world class stats out of the guy. My only gripe was the broadcast crew. I hope to God we don’t have to put up with the kind of ball washing they gave Tebow every time he plays. It was over the top, and truly unwarranted. They acted as if he was the next coming of Joe Montana. Fact is, he had a below average game for an NFL QB, but a decent game for a guy starting for the first time. He still has a lot of work to do though.

  54. I’ll take Seymour for a first rounder again, thank you. Great deal for the Raiders, not bad for the pats, but they could use him still.

    ampats has issues, but no football knowledge.

  55. ampats says: Dec 25, 2010 5:54 PM

    Just LOSE baby !!

    Hey RayGuy, how’s the Seymour for your first round draft pick working out ?

    _____________________________________

    Hey Repeat,
    Do you practice saying that in front of a mirror every day?

    A bird in the hand (Seymour)…..

  56. Warren Sapp is an idiot and an even worse teammate. He stands for nothing but himself and isn’t better at analyzing a McDonald’s menu than QB’s in this league.

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