Sapp on Steelers: “Old, slow, and it’s over”

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The Steelers want to shrug off the season-opening 28-point loss to the Ravens as an aberration.  Warren Sapp of Showtime’s Inside the NFL doesn’t.

On the episode debuting Wednesday night, Sapp said of the Steelers, via Michael McCarthy of USA Today:  “I have three things:  Old, slow, and it’s over.”

Sapp elaborated.

“James Harrison told us that he was 70-to-75 percent,” Sapp said.  “It looked more like 40 percent to me if you are looking at the ballgame I was looking at.  And Hines Ward, Mercedes Sapp can cover Hines Ward right now.  You have to be kidding me. . . .  Mercedes is my 13-year-old daughter.  She will cover Hines Ward in a heartbeat.  And Troy Polamalu, Ed Dickson runs this crossing route.  Troy Polamalu is trying to grab him to have a pass interference and he can’t even get close enough to grab him.  [It] looked like he was dragging a wagon behind him.  Touchdown Baltimore.  Pittsburgh Steelers done.”

Yikes.

Not everyone agrees.  Phil Simms of Inside the NFL said Sapp was overreacting.  Rodney Harrison of NBC said on Sunday night that the Steelers will shake this one off.

If Sapp is right, it won’t be easy to shake off old and slow on defense.  On offense, the challenge will be for the offensive line to buy enough time for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to take advantage of his trio of young and fast receivers:  Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, and Emmanuel Sanders.

Time will tell whether the Steelers can get it together.  Anything other than a blowout of the Seahawks on Sunday will keep the questions around for at least another week or two.

97 responses to “Sapp on Steelers: “Old, slow, and it’s over”

  1. I hate the Steelers, and that win was the most gorgeous thing I’ve ever witnessed… but Sapp is a know-nothing, the Steelers probably aren’t quite yet “done” – maybe “done” as the leaders of the AFCN – but not done.

  2. While I agree that their season could be in serious trouble, I would take anything that Sapp says about them to heart.

    He’s a notorious homer for the U. Sapp has picked the Ravens in very match up against the Steelers over the last few years. His reasoning is always the same: Baltimore has a better linebacking group; Reed will make plays.

    So far, this is the first game in the last 8 where that argument can even be made.

    Maybe Sapp is right this time…of course, he’s been predicting this for the last 3 years.

  3. Where is the story on the Ravens chop blocking Hampton all day since the Ref is now out of position and no one can make the call?

  4. I’m willing to bet the Steelers blowout the Seahawks in about the most definitive possible manner imagineable… it’s not even going to be close.

  5. Has anyone asked Tim Teebow what he thinks? We seem to feel he’s ultra-important. He has to be more important than Warren Sapp.

  6. dungydouche says: Sep 15, 2011 9:01 AM

    “enough time for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to take advantage of his trio of young….coeds”
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    It’s no wonder Ben got married this summer. With as much as Willie Colon has been getting injured the last couple years, who would be there to guard the door to the restroom for him?

    Maybe those recent glory days are coming to an end soon, after all.

  7. Watch how fast we silence so all these haters. We will win another lombardi and go back to laughing in your face lolz. We will leave this petty league behind and start a REAL league. Sit back and enjoy.

  8. As usual Sapp who is old and Fat just loves his drug culture partying “U” players. The guy that said he always picked the Ravens is right. As anyone that follows football really know, Sapp is an idiot. After his last arrest last year, it is joke this guy still has a job. But the suits loves that he causes all this attention for their show. Sapp is an embarassment to people that know what they are saying like Dilfer, Gruden, or Merril.

  9. As a ravens fan I got a chuckle from this, just 2 days Prior the the beat down, this hypacritacal fatty sapp was on NFL network saying how bad the steelers were gonna beat us cause of the so called “X Factor” (Harrison), iam sorry as much as I hate Pittsburgh I respect the hell out of them, and to think this team is done is simply idiotic. Saying that I am loving all the media attention my ravens are getting and I can’t wait for November 9th! Pitt should bounce back and give us a dog fight….

  10. Sapp is entitled to his opinion, just like everyone else is. The Steelers will have to go out and play like their talent is capable of and win the game this weekend. I don’t think it has to be a blowout, just a solid blue collar performance.

    It’s a long season and things happen, including turnovers, injuries, bad calls, etc. If everyone wants to count them out this early, let them. Who cares really? I know that tickles the fancy of many jealous people since the Steelers are normally a very good team. So everyone, please just count them out now. No problem. We will see what happens as the season goes on. All the teams have to play the games before a winner is decided, opinions don’t decide the winners.

    GO STEELERS!!

  11. Super Bowl hangover strikes again.

    The Steelers in particular have not fared well in the seasons following their ’05 and ’08 SB appearances, missed the playoffs both times if I recall. They are not a playoff team this year either.

  12. If youre going to Warren Sapp for your analysis you aren’t getting much knowledge about football. Funny that he mentions the oldest LB and WR in the rotation, without any mention of the 3 young WRs and 2 stud young LBs.

    Pittsburgh got outcoached that game. Harrison was a step slow and Hines is about to lose his job because the young guys are better. But to say “its over” is a biased overreaction by a Miami homer who has no basis for his claim except 1 game. Ive never seen a team collapse between the Super Bowl and week 1 of the season without any roster turnover. Steelers fans arent worried about it, so neither should you Warren.

  13. dungydouche – I’m sick of the same old Big Ben jokes but yours was the first that actually made me laugh a bit. Good job.

  14. Sapp on Steelers: “Old, slow, and it’s over”

    Is Sapp talking about the Steelers or the last 4 years of his career?. I’m not Steelers fan, but Sapp is a babbling caveman.

  15. cmich2006 says: Sep 15, 2011 9:13 AM

    Where is the story on the Ravens chop blocking Hampton all day since the Ref is now out of position and no one can make the call?

    Tough to get chop blocked when you aren’t on the field. The guy looked fat, slow and winded after 3 minutes of playing.

  16. mustbejealousof6 says: Sep 15, 2011 9:20 AM

    Watch how fast we silence so all these haters. We will win another lombardi and go back to laughing in your face lolz. We will leave this petty league behind and start a REAL league. Sit back and enjoy.

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    I’m assuming you mean, “watch how fast THE STEELERS silence all these haters,” since I’m guessing you don’t play for the Steelers.

  17. As a Steeler fan, (and as much as it pains me to agree with Sapp) the most troubling aspect of last week’s game was the fact that the D looked frightfully slow..

    Did they play sloppy? Yes. That can be corrected.

    Did Ben have an awful game? Yes. That can be corrected.

    Did they look slow??? ugh Yes. Not really anything you can do about that. Troy doesn’t seem to be 100%. I dont’ know what’s going on with the MLB, but there is no good option there as Farrior and Foote are old.

    Obviously the game got out of hand, so it’s hard to get a good prediction as to how the season will end up, but the thing I’ve been worried about all week, is exactly what Sapp uttered — they looked slow.

  18. I honestly dont know how Sapp still has a job.

    Im not a Steelers fan, but I have a hard time believing a team can be soo good last year, and done and too old after week 1. Im sure they will end up ok, they probably wont win the title, but they’ll be ok.

  19. Warren Sapp’s opinions are just as irrelevant as the opinions given out but the authors of this site.

  20. I hate the Steelers with a passion, but that’s one of the best run franchises in all of sports. It’s far from over with them. They won thoughout the 70s, has a little dry spell on the 80s..won throughout the 90s and last decade and now all of a sudden it’s over???? Sapp’s trippin.

  21. Steelers will be alright, even if they have a down year (by their standards).
    I hate ’em but they’re like a bad stain; difficult as hell to get rid of.

  22. I hope he’s right but I doubt it!

    4 wins vs. NFC West
    3 wins vs. AFC South (maybe 4)
    4 wins vs. AFC North (maybe 5)

    That is at least 11 wins and even an old, slow Steeler team can accomplish that against the competition they face this year.

  23. With all the witty and intelligent ex-players out there looking for a media job, I wish someone would tell me why Showtime hired Warren Sapp originally and why he wasn’t fired after the first season.

    Sapp was a terrific player but as a TV personality, ugh… he would gag a maggot. If nothing else, the producers need to tell him to tone down that stupid laugh that where his mouth’s open so wide he looks like he’s about to swallow Chris Simms.

    My, the people the TV execs choose for cultural icons who are supposed to tell the rest of us what to think… unbelievable.

  24. The Steelers defense look old.
    The Steelers offense will be good this year.

    They still have Big Ben. He will make some plays If the offense of line can hold the defense back.

    Go Ravens!

  25. Would it have been more insulting for Warren to say that Mercedes Sapp could cover Ward or Benny Sapp could???

    Week 1 is always strange. Let’s see if it’s a trend first. Yes some of their starters on D are getting up there but they are drafting younger guys to step in (Heyward, Hood etc.). But as a Pats fan I can sympathize with how tough it is to watch an old defense. It sucks because after a point old and slow isn’t made up for by game smarts.

  26. “The Steelers have been to three Super Bowls in the last six seasons.

    That is all.”

    Right, that is the thing. They have been to those super bowls with roughly the same big time names on D…now is the time that those stars might be slowing down a little. Time will tell this season, after all it was only one game, and the first game of the season without a lot of off season preparation.

    I’m not going to jump to conclusions and say they are too old to compete, but I can bet you the steelers will be spending high draft picks in 2012 on D, no matter how this season goes.

  27. Oh no, Warren Sapp has committed the ultimate NFL heresy: He has spoken negatively about the Steelers!!!

    Can he even do that?!? Everyone knows Pittsburgh is infallible….and whenever they do lose, there must be some reason, some excuse.

    Calm down diva Steeler fans…..Sapp is only telling the truth.

  28. mustbejealousof6 says:
    Sep 15, 2011 9:20 AM

    Watch how fast we silence so all these haters. We will win another lombardi and go back to laughing in your face lolz. We will leave this petty league behind and start a REAL league. Sit back and enjoy.
    —————————————————

    LOL! “We” this, “we” that, “we” the other.
    What position do you play on the team? Jock strap carrier?

  29. I do not like ben but I want to see good steelers football. great win or get by the ravens. I just think sapp gets that football “craziness” like rodney harrison and romanoski had too. To name his kid mercedes shows his arrogance and no humbleness whatsoever. It’s a car not a person. Hines ward will prove you wrong again but yes, against a top notch safety or cb he may have lost a step. he ain’t no spring chicken.

  30. I think it might be a little soon to call it a season with 15 games left, but maybe Sapp can’t count.
    I know he can’t count cheeseburgers.

  31. “Anything other than a blowout of the Seahawks on Sunday will keep the questions around for at least another week or two.”

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    Eh, the questions started before the first game and will be there all season. Even if they blowout the Hawks, eventually the Steelers will lose another game and this will be brought up again. In the meantime despite the violence, the Steelers and Ravens escaped with most of their players in tact (Good riddance to Willie Colon).
    I must apologize to all fans of a close, hard fought game that the Steelers didn’t live up to the standards of what Steelers vs. Ravens is historically about.

  32. Sapp is a fool and normally has no clue….he just talks to talk and then just forgets what he said earlier if he has too….

    with that said…it is fair to question the steelers after a beatdown like that!

    6 superbowl rings have nothing to do with this season….we will see as the seaon progresses whether they are old and slow or just had a bad game…but it has my attention.

  33. Old, Slow and It’s Over?

    Warren…You are talking about at a minimum 3 players that will be in the HOF (Ward, Polamalu and Roethlisberger)

    Sapp…you’re a Sapp. Shut your pie hole, push back from the table and recognize the fact that you will never have what these guys have…2 rings each…minimum.

    When did any network actually start paying you for your opinion? You were lucky to be on a team that had a great O-Line and a hard running back in Alstot.

    At the end of your career you are just an over hyped pass rusher who couldn’t break into the top 20 in sacks. You are nothing, never were and never will be…

  34. I’m no Steelers fan but this is stupid. I don’t remember a time since they came in the league where it has been “over for this team “.

    Don’t forget they have had only three coaches in the last two hundred years.

    People …please, please, please!..STOP LISTENING TO THESE TALKING FOOTBALL HEADS AND THEIR NOT SO HIDEN BIASES. Just tune in at 1pm on Sundays and watch the games.

  35. “@qbkilla” that tag says everything about Sapps lack of professionalism.

    Sapp was a very good player and I applaude his stance on earnings in the NFL. Like many players he offers a unique perspective into the NFL. Too bad that so many players lack professionalism in their journalistic endeavors.

    Talking about football is not the same as reporting and analyzing it.

  36. In football, the only things I hate worse than the Squealers are Freon Sanders and “Always Flappin’ His Yap” Sap (mis-spelling intentional). Sap is NOTHING but a cheap-shot blow-hard who is so full of himself he’s getting fat from it.

  37. Few things:

    1. It certainly wasn’t a good way to start the season, but I believe it’s a bit premature to be making radical statements like that, albeit our defense looked out of shape at a minimum.

    2. What’s the deal w/ Packers fans on all Steelers posts? You guys beat us, fair and square, in the Super Bowl. Despite us shooting ourselves in the foot and playing as poorly as we did last week, you were the better team that day. Are you jealous because you aren’t the most storied franchise in the NFL? (Championships don’t count when there were 12 teams in the league, btw).

  38. “mustbejealousof6 says:
    Sep 15, 2011 9:20 AM
    Watch how fast we silence so all these haters. We will win another lombardi and go back to laughing in your face lolz. We will leave this petty league behind and start a REAL league. Sit back and enjoy.

    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    Translation: I live at my moms house and she cooks my pop-tarts.

  39. mustbejealousof6 says:
    Sep 15, 2011 9:20 AM
    Watch how fast we silence so all these haters. We will win another lombardi and go back to laughing in your face lolz. We will leave this petty league behind and start a REAL league. Sit back and enjoy.

    Bet your new REAL league will not include Green Bay and Baltimore 🙂

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  41. Being a Ravens fan, I hate the Steelers more than any other team, but these Blowhards need to get over themselves. I’m talking about Sapp, Harrison, Brushi, Hodge, etc, just to name a few.

  42. Geezus…

    When are you clowns gonna realize that “mustbejealousof6” (or whatever his screen-name-du-jour is) is just some attention seeking, pre-pubescent troll?

    And here you are, going for the bait, again and again an again and….

  43. akulabug says:

    I’m no Steelers fan but this is stupid. I don’t remember a time since they came in the league where it has been “over for this team “.

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    You must not know your NFL history. For the first 40 years after the Steelers came into the league they they didn’t win a single playoff game. That’s why the organization takes so much pride in the last 40 years. I hope that pride comes through now.

    The team’s been riding on overconfidence, despite the Super Bowl loss. Too much talking and not enough humility in the off season. And too many commentators have taken it for granted that Pittsburgh would just bounce back from Sunday’s loss. Hines saying it was just another game still blows my mind. Since when did the Ravens become just another game? Oh … you were having a bad day, Ben? Yeah, I’d have a bad day, too, if Terrell Suggs kept sitting on me and my opponents forced seven turnovers. 🙄

    Sapp may be a blowhard, but I hope the Steelers are listening and it’s lighting the fire I didn’t see in February or on Sunday. The only way to prove him wrong is on the field. And it will take more than one win against a rebuilding Seahawks team–if we win–to do it.

  44. 3octaveFart says:Sep 15, 2011 12:21 PM

    Geezus…

    When are you clowns gonna realize that “mustbejealousof6″ (or whatever his screen-name-du-jour is) is just some attention seeking, pre-pubescent troll?

    And here you are, going for the bait, again and again an again and….

    …. Did you not just go for the bait in which you rag on others of doing? just saying…

  45. While there is no more obnoxious fan base than the Steeler’s fans. Speaking as a Bear’s fan, even the Packer’s fans are tolerable compared to the Steeler’s fans. There really has been no stronger franchises the past 15 years, than the Pats and Steeler’s, so for that I respect the fact they have continually rebuilt their team through the draft, in spite of losing free agents, often significant ones, on an annual basis. I only wish Jerry Angelo drafted as well as the Steeler’s brass has.

    However, Sapp is a talking head, and his job is to get people to watch, read, listen, etc. Most are full of it, and I wouldn’t head what Sapp is saying, especially as an ex player, who faces no retribution on the playing field for his words.

    It’s one game, vs a very good team, who just happens to be a blood rival. So many people are writing off teams, and making scrub teams playoff teams already. A lot changes from week to week, especially from week 1 to week 2.

    I would not write off the Steelers at all.

  46. 3 things Mr W. Sapp!!!

    1. The Steelers lost on offense not defense.
    2. The box score statistics without the score shows the Steelers should have won the game.
    3. Talk about SLOW. You were so over weight its not even funny.

  47. billionsvsmillions says: Sep 15, 2011 12:32 PM

    “…. Did you not just go for the bait in which you rag on others of doing? just saying…”

    I wasn’t talking to him, I was talking to you.
    See the difference?
    Of course you don’t.

  48. chobes68 says:

    While there is no more obnoxious fan base than the Steeler’s fans. Speaking as a Bear’s fan, even the Packer’s fans are tolerable compared to the Steeler’s fans.
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    Talked to any Packers’ fans lately? You might want to rethink. Just sayin’ … 🙂

  49. Do I think the Steelers are done for the season absolutely NOT!!!!! Anybody that knows and watches this team knows for a fact how they operate and that Mike Tomlin was not happy about that game and he is a real coach that doesn’t play! Once Big Ben brings his “A” game so will the team he is the leader of this team and he wasn’t playing right so neither were they. The season isn’t over by a long shot!

  50. If the Steeler defense is really old and slow, Seattle needs to unleash the unstoppable force that is Doug Baldwin, the leading rookie receiver in the NFL after one week.

    Doug Baldwin. Believe.

  51. As much as I enjoy watching people pile on the Steelers…I must admit that i wish they would not give them any more motivation to show that they are a much better team than the one that showed up in Baltimore a few days ago. Like I’ve said before, I’d like to view the beatdown as evidence of how good the Ravens are, and not how bad the Steelers may be. Truly I think anyone who would say the Steelers are DONE off of that one game is a moron.

    More to the point, if I was a Steelers fan, I’d be more concerned that the Steelers were apparently still whining about the Ravens on Wednesday instead of focusing on the Seahawks. Admit it, that kind of behavior is not very Steeler-like.

  52. Warren Sapp? Who cares what he thinks! This is the same guy who predicted the Colts were going to blow out New Orleans in the Super Bowl and picked the Cowboys to win the Super Bowl last year!

    The point is this: Steelers are my favorite team, but their window is closing fast. It matters not we lost to the Ravens 35-7 might as well been 9-7, because a loss to the Ravens is all that matters.

    We have stopped them from going to the Super Bowl three times, guess they owed us one, yet we will see them in November and you can bet, the results will be dramatically different!

  53. mea2682 says:

    Once Big Ben brings his “A” game so will the team he is the leader of this team and he wasn’t playing right so neither were they.
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    Ben is a professional football player who gets millions to bring his A game every time he steps on the field. The suggestion that we need to wait for him to decide to bring his A game is ridiculous.

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    mswravens says:
    If I was a Steelers fan, I’d be more concerned that the Steelers were apparently still whining about the Ravens on Wednesday instead of focusing on the Seahawks. Admit it, that kind of behavior is not very Steeler-like.
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    Exactly!! “It’s just one game.” “We had a bad day.” Does that sound like Jack Lambert??

    It’s easy to say the Steelers will come back. It’s easy to say anything. They’ve been talk-talk-talking all summer. But they ran onto the field in Dallas like they were bored to be there, and it’s a miracle–with three turnovers–that game wasn’t a blowout, too. Where is the pride? They should have come out Sunday ready to show the world they were determined to ready to bring it. Instead the Ravens did the showing on the field and the Steelers are still talking. “I had a bad day.” Good grief. 🙄

  54. I believe it was early last year that Sapp said the Pat’s were done. They went 14-2. Don’t discount the Steelers, too many good football players there. And I’m not convinced the Raven are better because of one game. Pat’s vs Steelers in conference final.

  55. Yes, the Steelers LOOKED slow, but looking slow and actually being slow are two different things. Remember, both CBs played very little in the preseason, so they are likely rusty and Polamalu was trying to compensate for them.

    That resulted in Troy looking bad.

    James is getting slower and will begin losing snaps to Worilds this year. He still racked up 7 tackles, though they were chase-and-tackle ones after McKinnie was holding him.

    The O-line will ultimately determine the outcome of the season for the Steelers. The D will be Steelers’ D. They just need a serious ass-kicking and they’ll be fine. Gilbert needs to step up and shine and Pouncey needs to read and adjust better next week. He blew a few assignments by getting too aggressive — see Mendennhall fumble, which was NOT Rashard’s fault.

    On a side note, McFadden needs to lose his spot to Keenan Lewis, like now! He is a FS or SS trying to cover man-to-man on a WR. I love McFAdden’s tackling and play pursuit, but his cover skills are sub-par at best.

  56. @cup1981 …

    Nice analysis! I’d like to see an adjustment to Scott’s status as well. And Ben’s now had two bad games too many. Time to step it up.

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