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Warren Sapp isn’t a big fan of the Lions defense

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Most people in Indianapolis are talking about the Giants and the Patriots this week, but Warren Sapp has a few bones to pick with the Lions.

The NFL Network analyst unloaded on defensive coordinator Gunter Cunningham and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh during an interview on Tuesday. He slammed Cunningham for his failure to adjust during games as well as his unwillingness to play Suh and Nick Fairley at the same time on the defensive line this season.

“And then rotating Suh and Nick Fairley behind each other where now you only have to deal with one at a time,” Sapp said, via Anwar Richardson of MLive.com. Then at the end of the game when you’re getting the (explicative) beat out of you, you want to put it out there to see what it looks like? Really? You never tried this in practice? Been there all week long and never tried it? It’s not like you’re hitting and banging. You didn’t have no pads on. I mean, put them out there. It ain’t like you’re going to wear them out. Give me a break.”

Suh took flak from Sapp for his lack of development in his second NFL season. He said Suh never came up with a way to beat people when he couldn’t simply overpower them, something that Sapp believes became more difficult after Suh had shoulder surgery in the offseason. Sapp’s slam included a hint that Suh’s endorsements got in the way of his focus on the game.

“You got to look at yourself and say where can I get better. I knew I needed to get better at my strength and my conditioning and then my pass rush. I went into the offseason and worked on nothing but my pass rush, speed and run and just go at. You got to grind at the job. This is your profession. There’s nothing else. Subway will work around your schedule, I guarantee you.”

 

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  1. nesuperfan says: Jan 31, 2012 6:03 PM

    He’s right.

  2. georgebrett says: Jan 31, 2012 6:07 PM

    Warren Sapp is an idiot!!!

  3. 1liondriven says: Jan 31, 2012 6:07 PM

    Thank you Warren

  4. georgebrett says: Jan 31, 2012 6:16 PM

    Did anyone ever hear about how a fan sent him a Twitter message and he actually replied back to the fan with “Why don’t you go Sandusky some kid”

    I can’t believe the man has a job.

  5. duanethomas says: Jan 31, 2012 6:41 PM

    He right, but what I’m worried about is fatboy beating up some woman this weekend. SuperBowl he turns violent against woman.

  6. dillinger702 says: Jan 31, 2012 6:42 PM

    Warren get over yourself. as a raider fan I thought he just bashed my silver n black. After reading this he must just hate himself. Warren nobody butt slapp, if chucky wasnt traded to the bucks. We all would be reading about how broke you are.

  7. mrplow3 says: Jan 31, 2012 6:46 PM

    Warren Sapp, the NFL’s answer to Charles Barkley……

    Only Sapp’s not funny.

  8. whittle79 says: Jan 31, 2012 6:47 PM

    I am a lions fan ! Suh is a problem, he is like carter in Philly ! Total waste of a could be great player, with a bad attitude !!

  9. r502 says: Jan 31, 2012 7:02 PM

    I wonder if Sapp realizes that very few care for or about what he has to say anymore? Is there any thing that he does have a positive take on? Al Davis has passed on, so his favorite whipping post is gone. Sapp is unbelievably predicatable as his relevance fades. The retired athelete who cannot age gracefully, cannot stand the lack of spotlight. Go enjoy the money you stole in the twilight of your career Warren, your bluster doesn’t count for much off of the field.

  10. crazycane says: Jan 31, 2012 7:03 PM

    In the words of Chris Farley in Billy Madison

    “That’s correct”

  11. zenofobe says: Jan 31, 2012 7:10 PM

    Yes. And that ‘wide 9′ crap has to go, too. Most of the season the Lions ends were chasing upfield for QB’s who already got rid of the ball, and letting RB’s run right by them.

    If they just line up in a standard gap 4-3, the Lions can out-personnel most O-lines, especially with Suh and Fairley playing together.

  12. i10east says: Jan 31, 2012 7:12 PM

    I’m not a ‘big fan’ of Warren Sapp.

  13. tiffpats4eva says: Jan 31, 2012 7:20 PM

    I hope they used subtitles for Sapp.

  14. vincentbojackson says: Jan 31, 2012 7:22 PM

    Sapp also claimed the Steelers defense was finished earlier this season and they finished #1 in total defense once again.

    The guy is clearly bitter and it routinely effects his judgement.

  15. gmen1987 says: Jan 31, 2012 7:27 PM

    Warren speaks the truth. Some of you can’t handle the truth.

  16. papacrick says: Jan 31, 2012 7:31 PM

    Can’t stand this guy who was hating on our defense before the season even started fresh off a solid year of improvement. However, he is right about Cunningham not being able to adjust. He made no effort to try anything else besides his predictable 4 man rush in that wide 9 regardless that teams had figured it out and were handling them with ease. Some of this has to fall on the Schwartz. Unfortunately we extended Gunny so hopefully this exposure will knock some sense into the old man.

  17. maxl49 says: Jan 31, 2012 7:35 PM

    Just to make sure, we’re talking about the Warren Sapp that said the Niners would have the first overall pick, right ? Ok …

  18. texline1 says: Jan 31, 2012 7:41 PM

    I hated Sapp as a player but love him as an analyst. He gets right to the point and isn’t afraid to voice his opinion. Not to mention the fact that he is right. Loved the crack about subway working around Suhs schedule.

  19. rmc1995 says: Jan 31, 2012 7:42 PM

    Warren Sapp needs to understand Suh has only played 2 seasons in the league, Fairley was hurt much of the season, Corey Williams is pretty good as well, the Lions defense made adjustments to make come backs on various occasions, and most of all , Sapp didn’t live up to that fat contract in his first year in Oakland.

  20. hawkitnow says: Jan 31, 2012 7:49 PM

    Stick with analyzing and quit criticizing.

  21. fourthand20 says: Jan 31, 2012 7:49 PM

    Cunningham hasn’t coached a top ten defense in 13 years. He’s stuck in his ways and cannot adjust. Time for new blood.

  22. jacunn2000 says: Jan 31, 2012 7:54 PM

    Warren Sapp has a ring. Some of you may hate the man, but he is absolutely right.

  23. jkrc717 says: Jan 31, 2012 7:54 PM

    Warren Sapp is 100 percent correct. The defensive scheme of the Lions is terrible. Gunther Cunningham needs to go! He is terrible. Unfortunately, they re-signed him. Ugh.

    They fail to make any adjustments. They have no creativity.

    I cannot stand the way this team plays defense. I dread the wide 9 and how the CB’s play 10 yards back. Thats it. Every game. Teams figured out this easy defense.

    I always wondered why Fairly and Suh didn’t play together.

  24. wtfchiefs says: Jan 31, 2012 7:54 PM

    Although I believe his statements to be correct, the problem is that when Warren speaks…
    few listen.

  25. trbowman says: Jan 31, 2012 7:57 PM

    Love the QB Killa!

  26. brianbowman16 says: Jan 31, 2012 8:11 PM

    I think the problem here is typical Jock Jealousy. Sapp WAS good and Suh IS good so Warren has to run his mouth to try to convince himself and others that Suh will NEVER be as fat…i mean good as Warren once was. Trying to tear him down before the legacy gets built up.

    Teenage girls do it all the time, or so my 14 year old daughter says

  27. Deb says: Jan 31, 2012 9:05 PM

    Gee, he seemed so sweet when he was on Dancing With the Stars.

  28. mikeeg says: Jan 31, 2012 9:05 PM

    Warren sapp just blows hot air. He has NO room tocritique anyone, considering he gave up on his own career when he put a Raider jersey on. No HOF for u fat boy.

  29. commandercornpone says: Jan 31, 2012 9:12 PM

    from north of daytwa here, i have to agree about gunter. and suh.

    suh, it’s obvious, ego out of control. etc…

    gunter used to bitch about teams that ran the wildcat. it’s yer job to position the d to get the job done. quit crying about the plays and formations the offense uses. they are all offense. who cares if they arent modern, hell gunter arent u 70 – havent u seen all this stuff before?

  30. fittytuckin says: Jan 31, 2012 9:30 PM

    And typical lions fan response,” All he does is draw double and triple teams, and allow others like Cliff Avril to have 1 on 1’s” ( In whiny girly voice of course)

  31. rubicon202 says: Jan 31, 2012 9:36 PM

    Warren Sapp saga continues, glad 2 see he’s given the Raiders a reprieve from his idiotic comments and is spreading his stupidness elsewhere! Sorry Detroit but know Sapp is a newly freed slave and just learned to read and talk…this will past!

  32. juanhughjazz says: Jan 31, 2012 9:57 PM

    compare sapp’s stats with suh’s for their first 2 years.

  33. primetime0552 says: Jan 31, 2012 10:00 PM

    Sapp also said he see no holes in Suhs game. Easier to pick and choose quotes that bash Suh though. Most Lions fans will agree with him on Gunther…

  34. packersownerandshareholder says: Jan 31, 2012 10:10 PM

    I love Sapp, he tells it like it is and holds no punches. You have to respect his opinion because he knows the game and the players who play the game.

  35. 989lions says: Jan 31, 2012 10:32 PM

    I’m a lions fan and I agree with what he said about Suh. I am not too worried about it since I expect a let down from his last season stats. There was definitely a witch hunt around the kid and I think he let the success and criticism go to his head. Hell he back next season. Fairley was hurt the entire year so I expect bigger things out of him this upcoming year with a film offseason to work with. And I’m expecting Cunningham to make improvements as well. Sapp just has to present himself better when stating valid opinions instead he just comes off like a hater and his points are taken as hating.

  36. sixburghrules says: Jan 31, 2012 10:32 PM

    Warren Sapp is a HUGE blow hard! The only good defense would be the one he USED to play in (in his mind)!

  37. imaginesuperbowlwin says: Jan 31, 2012 10:37 PM

    Big deal. Cris Carter doesn’t think Calvin Johnson is any good either. Just sayin’.

  38. sixburghrules says: Jan 31, 2012 10:38 PM

    This is the same guy that said the Steeler D was old and slow only to make #1 ranked stats again! He doesn’t like the Steelers and never will b/c their D was always better! Suck it up Strahan!

  39. Herb says: Jan 31, 2012 10:46 PM

    PUT A JERSEY ON! PUT A JERSEY ON! PUT A JERSEY ON!

  40. daveyjones1 says: Jan 31, 2012 11:09 PM

    Does anybody listen to Warren Sapp? He has to be the worst NFL analyst I have ever heard. His arrogance is obnoxious. When he speaks I tune out.

  41. visible4 says: Jan 31, 2012 11:23 PM

    Sapp averaged 33 tackles a year and had a very overrated career. He had 3 or 4 good seasons out of 13 and he wants to take about offseason improvement? What a joke this guy is.

  42. paulieorkid says: Jan 31, 2012 11:27 PM

    May not always agree with Sapp — but dig how he speaks his mind.

    As for his recent rip on Suh and the Lions, my guess is this will create a temporary flare up – but in due time, Sapp and Suh will be tight as brothers.

    Same think went down with Sapp and Mike Strahan, and also with Sapp and Kris Jenkins.

    Sapp’s comments were incendiary enough to incite exchanges of threats of violence involving the Stray and Jenk camps — and yet, when the dust settled — it was a love-in.

    That’s how it’ll eventually play out here too. Rinse. Wash. Repeat.

  43. liontomyself says: Jan 31, 2012 11:32 PM

    fittytuckin says:Jan 31, 2012 9:30 PM

    And typical lions fan response,” All he does is draw double and triple teams, and allow others like Cliff Avril to have 1 on 1′s”

    ______________

    Wow, the truth DOES hurt, eh?

    Sign Cliff with YOUR DT and see how that works out next year.

  44. megatronownsyou says: Jan 31, 2012 11:33 PM

    Warren Sapp is an idiot. Period.

  45. tatum064 says: Jan 31, 2012 11:39 PM

    fittytuckin says:
    Jan 31, 2012 9:30 PM
    And typical lions fan response,” All he does is draw double and triple teams, and allow others like Cliff Avril to have 1 on 1′s” ( In whiny girly voice of course)

    ===================

    typical lion fans response; SMASH (bottle breaks over head of person)….

    lions fan; “What’d you say again…..whiny girly voice? That is what you said, wasn’t it?

    (silence..mumbled sounds)

    “Somebody call security!”

    lion fan; “WELCOME TO DETROIT..but i think you knew that already if you said that to my face”

  46. tatum064 says: Jan 31, 2012 11:40 PM

    gmen1987 says:
    Jan 31, 2012 7:27 PM
    Warren speaks the truth. Some of you can’t handle the truth.
    ===================================
    strange; I mean, they did go to the playoffs, and have to be considered the favorite to win the NFC Central, out right.

  47. rallen69 says: Jan 31, 2012 11:44 PM

    besides suh and fairly the defense sucks

  48. huejackson says: Feb 1, 2012 12:30 AM

    Warren Sapp is a loud mouth over rated idiot..
    This guy cheated on his wife with over 20 woman which is documented on Bubba the Love Sponge radio show…
    This guy came to Oakland and actually told younger players not to try hard and just collect a pay check.
    He told players that he did not care about winning cause he already got a ring…
    I believe this gorilla was the one fat slob to set the Raiders back 10 years…
    Now finally they are back and now will be competing for a Superbowl in 2013

  49. cmack15 says: Feb 1, 2012 12:55 AM

    fittytuckin says:
    Jan 31, 2012 9:30 PM
    And typical lions fan response,” All he does is draw double and triple teams, and allow others like Cliff Avril to have 1 on 1′s” ( In whiny girly voice of course)

    ===================

    typical lion fans response; SMASH (bottle breaks over head of person)….

    lions fan; “What’d you say again…..whiny girly voice? That is what you said, wasn’t it?

    (silence..mumbled sounds)

    “Somebody call security!”

    lion fan; “WELCOME TO DETROIT..but i think you knew that already if you said that to my face”

    ==============

    Wait, What?

  50. reggiebush25 says: Feb 1, 2012 1:06 AM

    Warren Sapp n Jamie Dukes are a disgrace to the black race. They are better than the old Amos n Andy series.

  51. dobberdubinsky says: Feb 1, 2012 1:23 AM

    @ gmen1987 – NFC Central??? What decade are you living in bro? Did you realize there’s 2 point conversions in the league now?

  52. tbtrojan says: Feb 1, 2012 2:19 AM

    juanhughjazz says: Jan 31, 2012 9:57 PM
    compare sapp’s stats with suh’s for their first 2 years.

    I’ve compared them, Sapp improved a lot from his rookie year to his 2nd season, Suh took a massive step back.
    I’d rather have the guy with a few less total stats for the 2 years but shows improvement.

  53. bearsstillsuck says: Feb 1, 2012 3:06 AM

    I actually agree with him.

  54. vipod4ever says: Feb 1, 2012 7:11 AM

    Warren Sapp, gradruate from the Emmitt Smith School of Broadcasting.

  55. bigblaw says: Feb 1, 2012 7:55 AM

    Sapp’s behavior in Tampa was….bad. Real real bad

  56. nivekred says: Feb 1, 2012 8:35 AM

    I have to completely agree! Warren Sapp is an idiot! His mind is old and slow!!!!

  57. cmutimmah says: Feb 1, 2012 8:36 AM

    Rallen,

    You clearly are just someone with no time invested in watching the defense making general statements based on draft position…

    Delmas is a solid Safey, Chris Houston would be a fine #2 corner, Durant is a good OLB. Corey Williams outplayed Fairley all season, and Speivey has done a good job learning how to play safety. Tulloch had a marginal season, but has shown very good MLB talent in the past. And Lawrence Jackson is starting to show the talent that made him a first round pick.

    A defense doesn’t go from worst to first ever. They’ll get more pieces next year, and be better for it. Gunther became drunk on the idea that with their front four they never had to blitz, but another reason for that is their coverage skills just aren’t there. They couldn’t leave Houston 1 on 1 with elite WRs, and on the other side, Eric Wright is not a good enough cover corner to lock down a #2… so WRs were open all day during blitz packages. Alphonzo Smith is too big of a risk taker, and Aaron Berry is very unpolished… not to mention 2 of these top four CBs on the roster were hurt in the second half of the final 5 games.

    If Gunther gets upgrades on Def like we’re expecting, he has to make the blitz a bigger part of this defense. If he fails to do that, he should go.

    But last year, I don’t blame him for being conservative…

  58. cwhat32 says: Feb 1, 2012 8:55 AM

    As much as Sapp annoys me by constantly bashing Suh months after the incident, he is right about the gameplan.

    Watching the games when Fairley actually played, I was dumbfounded as to why Fairley and Suh weren’t on the field at the same time. Corey Williams is a bum who has 4 sacks in two years, get him outta here.

  59. cwhat32 says: Feb 1, 2012 8:59 AM

    @cmutimmah

    Delmas is not a solid safety. He made almost no plays this year, and he was constantly whiffing on tackles turning 15 yd runs into 50 yarders.

    And what the heck are you talking about with Williams out-playing Fairley. Fairley only played in a couple games, but he had more impact plays than Williams did all year. Corey has 4 sacks in two years. If Suh is drawing doubles, we need somebody to take advantage and Fairley has shown that he can, just watch the 2 Saints games. I can’t think of any impact plays Williams made this year, other than jumping offsides. He needs to be released.

  60. themediaisdumberthandirt says: Feb 1, 2012 9:20 AM

    In other news; no one in America is a fan of Warren Sapp and America scratches their heads wondering how this dude has a job

  61. georgebrett says: Feb 1, 2012 12:11 PM

    huejackson,

    you are 100% correct. He should take the marbles out of his mouth every time he inter-ups everyone when he talks.

    Wow, how many times can the repeat what he says over and over and over. And then 2 weeks later turn a 180 and say the opposite.

    He stinks!

  62. pedrovillegas21 says: Feb 1, 2012 3:10 PM

    same guy who said ” I dont see the Giants DBs stopping these Falcons receivers” They should put him on ESPN so he can be with all the other analysts that suck…and how many times is he going to open his eyes WIDE look left and right to emphasize his point, and if he did make the Sandusky remark, he should be fired! One ring and a couple of pro bowls doesnt make a legend or a hall of famer

  63. primetime0552 says: Feb 1, 2012 3:26 PM

    cwhat32 says:Feb 1, 2012 8:59 AM

    @cmutimmah

    Delmas is not a solid safety. He made almost no plays this year, and he was constantly whiffing on tackles turning 15 yd runs into 50 yarders.

    And what the heck are you talking about with Williams out-playing Fairley. Fairley only played in a couple games, but he had more impact plays than Williams did all year. Corey has 4 sacks in two years. If Suh is drawing doubles, we need somebody to take advantage and Fairley has shown that he can, just watch the 2 Saints games. I can’t think of any impact plays Williams made this year, other than jumping offsides. He needs to be released.

    ===============================

    You’re right, defensive tackles are only based on their numbers. You realize Suh had a monster year last year because Corey Williams was the one getting double and triple teamed every year? Williams play has declined this year, but he is still solid at defensive tackle. You probably think Suh had an aqful year as well because he didn’t get double digit sacks again this year. Fairley was outplayed my Williams this year and thats a fact. Fairley was injured to much to outplay anybody this season. I do think you might be right with Williams being released though, as long as Sammie Hill is resigned. They have young depth at the position and could use his money more effectly resigning Avril and redoing Calvins contract. Hopefully he is willing to redo his deal and take less money. I think Vanden Bosh could be cut as well if he isn’t willing to take less money.

  64. alwaters9 says: Feb 1, 2012 8:43 PM

    Warren, your day has come and gone. Quit trying to hang on. On the bright side, at least your last name fits you to a tee.

  65. cometkazie says: Feb 1, 2012 9:22 PM

    To call him a sapsucker would be an insult to the bird.

  66. cwroses1983 says: Feb 9, 2012 12:01 PM

    sapp is right. the lions def line is so overatred. I feel they were so much better last year and the first few games this season. then they got exposed with teams running traps and draws and getting are DE’s to overpursue. Corey williams is solid, they dont need to get rid of him. Fairley needs to show he can be healthy and Suh needs to mature in order to become the player he can be. Gunther has not adjusted at all and it sad. the defense front 7 should be atleast top 10 in the league and frankly it just isnt there. delmas is good, chris houston is a solid #2 but not a #1 corner. Spivey is learning the safety spot but I dont think he is the answer. We need corners corners corners and LB. Mayhew better not touch the offense in the draft unless its to get a OL. I wanna win now, get a cb in the first round and then a LB in the second, and just keep getting loaded on defense.

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