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A month from entering Bucs Ring of Honor, Sapp takes aim at Schiano

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If you’re not inclined to buy tickets to the November 11 Monday night game between the Dolphins and the Buccaneers for football purposes, you may want to think about purchasing seats to witness the broader potential for awkwardness and drama.

That night, Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp will join the team’s Ring of Honor.  It’s the highest recognition any franchise can bestow.

Coincidentally, Sapp has bestowed a fairly low level of recognition on the franchise’s current head coach, during a podcast with Brian Billick on NFL.com.

“If I’m down in Tampa, I’m questioning this whole thing because it’s a mafia style,” Sapp said, via JoeBucsFan.com.  “I know [Mike] Glennon is not the quarterback that Josh Freeman is.  There’s no question about it.  The film tells me this.  Practice tells me this. Even my quarterback demeanor tells me this.

‘If you wouldn’t let [Josh Freeman] throw the ball at the end of the game, why is Glennon throwing the ball at the end of the game?  Why is [Darrelle] Revis standing eight yards off [Larry] Fitzgerald running a slant route and nobody’s there?  Touchdown!  Are you kidding me?  Let’s lock up our No. 1 corner who we’re paying $16 million and then we rotate the coverage.  There has to be a plan.  Because when you’re my way or the highway, you must win now.  Because guys don’t believe in your way when you’re losing.  And you lose the way they lost the first two weeks, you gave away those football games.  And whenever you’ve giving away football games, your style needs to change.”

The obvious response by some will be “consider the source.”  But when considering the source, remember that the organization has embraced Sapp with open arms in recent months.  That makes it a little harder to dismiss his opinions as the misguided rants of a guy who likes to hear himself talk.

Besides, Sapp raises some good points, and he brings to the table the perspective of a man who played in Tampa for a lot of years for Tony Dungy and Jon Gruden.  For as unpopular as Gruden seemed to be in the locker room, it seems like the current head coach is even less popular.

Popular or unpopular is irrelevant if the team wins.  That’s the best point Sapp makes:  “When you’re my way or the highway, you must win now.”

That style will win few friends or defenders unless it’s producing results.  Over the last 10 games, the results simply haven’t been there.

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40 Responses to “A month from entering Bucs Ring of Honor, Sapp takes aim at Schiano”
  1. 6ball says: Oct 8, 2013 7:49 AM

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    Okay Warren, you coach the team and suddenly Tampa will reel off a dozen consecutive Super Bowl victories.

    Bill Belichick is the same style of coach, went 5-11 his first year, jettisoned a popular Drew Bledsoe in favor of Tom Brady, and cut veteran Lawyer Milloy outright.

    When Milloy was cut, ESPN’s Tom Jackson said ” The Patriots hate their coach ”. Since those words were uttered, the Patriots have won more games than any other franchise.

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  2. torturedraiderfan says: Oct 8, 2013 7:56 AM

    Why do people listen to Sapp. He’s a moron. Emmitt Smith was taken off the air because he was barely coherent when he talked. Sapp is no better. Why doesn’t Sapp blame the Bucs owners or GMs that hire these coaches? What a dope.

  3. yeogib says: Oct 8, 2013 7:57 AM

    All of these people act like they know what’s going on.

  4. raidmagic says: Oct 8, 2013 8:03 AM

    I don’t think anyone can argue with what Sapp had to say there that actually watches the Bucs play. Those are all things I’ve screamed at my TV

  5. justanotherdummy says: Oct 8, 2013 8:09 AM

    Sapp is a waste as a TV talking head. He should simply stick to what he knows best, buying sneakers and continuing his steady advance toward diabetes.

  6. gudasbeard1 says: Oct 8, 2013 8:12 AM

    Never thought I would say this but sapp is right.

  7. warhawk137 says: Oct 8, 2013 8:13 AM

    Y’know, when he was hired, I was of the opinion that Greg Schiano would be a mediocre NFL head coach.

    Well, not for the first time, I have to admit that I was wrong.

    He’s a friggin’ TERRIBLE NFL head coach.

  8. malkinrulez says: Oct 8, 2013 8:14 AM

    Sapp is 100% correct, you brought Revis in to be a shutdown corner and instead of man they are playing zone. Anyone comparing Glennon to Brady is high.

  9. txeer304 says: Oct 8, 2013 8:21 AM

    Sapp is one of my all time favorite players but as soon as you say “tape tell me that” your statement becomes void. Mainly because you only have tape of one game on Glennon and while he made the rookie mistake at the wrong time. He out performed Freeman in that one game.
    Not to mention that Freeman is a 5 year vet and for there to even be a comparison between the two is very telling. Glennon is a rookie that will make rookie mistakes, Freeman was a 5 year vet still making rookie mistakes. Ill take the rookie and his growing pains who is committed to the team and is the first in and the last out vs the struggling vet who is missing meetings, the team breakfast, and is late to make the bus to the game.

  10. jimmyt says: Oct 8, 2013 8:25 AM

    I don’t know why any Tampa fan would defend this head coach. He is clearly in way over his head, his nonsense with the victory formation should be all you need to know that.

  11. geniusry says: Oct 8, 2013 8:26 AM

    Wow. Sapp knows that Glennon isn’t better than Freeman by all of the regular season game tape Glennon has. He should just be the head coach right now with those skilz.

  12. vikingboy26 says: Oct 8, 2013 8:37 AM

    Did you just compare Greg Schiano to Bill Belichick? lol Come on, man!

  13. flavordave says: Oct 8, 2013 8:40 AM

    Apparently the politically correct police approve calling an Italian coach ” mafia style”
    That’s all fine and good right?

  14. geofferystevens says: Oct 8, 2013 8:44 AM

    yeah, this guy has no idea about defense…oh wait he has a yellow jacket because he was one of the greatest defensive players ever. don’t like him a whole lot but saying he doesn’t know what he is talking about is ridiculous. what they have in tampa is a guy that has a very abrasive style who manages from a position of fear. that may work in college but l likely won’t be successful in the pros unless he starts to win and win now.

  15. jolink653 says: Oct 8, 2013 8:47 AM

    Freeman was better than Glennon? Really? Freeman could barely move the chains, let alone put the ball in the end zone and it’s not like he was a rookie…and if Sapp wants to blame anyone for the way Revis is used, blame the Glazers for trading for a guy who is definitely talented, but doesn’t fit in the scheme your defensive coordinator runs…the Bucs have a really solid up and coming defense and they just need another playmaker on offense to force opposing defenses to pull the extra man out of the box so Martin has more room to operate…I don’t think they’re far away from being a really good team

  16. evilglazers666 says: Oct 8, 2013 8:48 AM

    I agree with Sapp.

  17. djlexluger says: Oct 8, 2013 8:49 AM

    Im so sick of these delusional Tampa Bay fans sticking up for that idiot coach.

  18. bennyb82 says: Oct 8, 2013 8:55 AM

    But in the end Schiano is preparing guys for the future and one day they will be able to proudly display their Tampa Bay degree…wait, nevermind…toes on the line!

  19. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 8, 2013 8:56 AM

    Schiano has a better credit rating than Sapp.

  20. blackdb says: Oct 8, 2013 9:02 AM

    What hoes Sapp know about rotating a coverage. They played Cov 2 almost every snap when he played. One of my problems with TV coverage is all the former players turned analyst who suddenly have all the answers. If The Bucs don’t win the HC will be gone. Josh Freeman already got one HC fired and was well on his way to a second one. Let the season play out and see. But it was obvious that it was not working with Freeman. FWIW I don’t think the Bucs have a good option at QB.

  21. greenmtnboy31 says: Oct 8, 2013 9:12 AM

    “That makes it a little harder to dismiss his opinions as the misguided rants of a guy who likes to hear himself talk.”

    Actually, no it doesn’t. At the end of the day, it’s still Warren Sapp. They are the misguided rants of a complete fool and that is indisputable.

  22. fukdaeagles says: Oct 8, 2013 9:23 AM

    Bring back Chucky already!!!

  23. guinnessbucsgod says: Oct 8, 2013 9:27 AM

    The mouth that ROARS! Sapp knows what he is talking about, have any of us played in the NFL?

    As for the Bucs GM. Since the Glazers bought the team not a single GM has hired a Head Coach. The Glazers hire the GM and Head Coach, hope they play well together. The biggest difference is when Malcolm was running the show he hired Dungy and Gruden. Now that the sons (Joel and Brian) are in charge they hired Rah and Schiano. It’s time they let Dominik hire a Head Coach to work with the talent laden team he put together.

  24. mythaimyke says: Oct 8, 2013 9:30 AM

    You are right Warren, Glennon is a lot better than Freeman, hands down! Glennon has a chance to be a real NFL QB! Freeman, No chance! He’s not even a practice squad, quality!!!!

  25. njligernj says: Oct 8, 2013 9:33 AM

    Cue people dismissing him because they don’t like him even though they know he’s 100% right on this topic.

    When Rod Marinelli was 0-4 did people say “well Belichick was 5-11 once?” It seems like I hear that line all the time. There are a lot more bad coaches out there than Belichick level coaches … chances are when a coach reels off a 1-9 run he is just a bad coach.

    If you had to bet your life savings on Schiano being a good NFL coach or a bad coach I think we all know which way we’d bet … as much as we are all desperate to “score points” in a comments section and make Sapp look wrong the fact is Schiano is sitting on 1-9 and while maybe there are a few historical cases of people turning records like that around he’s more than likely just a lousy NFL coach.

  26. bloodisred says: Oct 8, 2013 9:51 AM

    Put aside your dislike/distaste/hatred of Sapp and listen to what he said…pretty good points all the way around.

  27. commonsensedude says: Oct 8, 2013 10:00 AM

    Regardless of whether or not you like Sapp, he’s right about this. Even a broken clock is right twice a day. And you can’t come off as an ultimate authoritarian and simultaneously have an 0-4 record and expect guys to keep buying in. Either change your approach or start winning some games to back up all the talk and swagger.

  28. titaniksigh says: Oct 8, 2013 10:20 AM

    Sapp usually makes me throw up in my mouth a little bit, but I have to agree with him on this one.

  29. greg285 says: Oct 8, 2013 10:37 AM

    Okay, will somebody please tell me what Sapp said that wasn’t true? Schiano style doesn’t work in the NFL and he doesn’t have the cache of a Belichick, Carroll or Harbaugh (Both college coaches were extremely successful at BIG TIME college programs), so stop the comparison! The Bucs are a mess because of Schiano and his unwillingness to change his system to fit his talent! Revis playing 8 yards of Larry? Really? They are not using Revis to his talents and anyone with a brain can see that!!!!!

  30. wecomefromthestars says: Oct 8, 2013 12:11 PM

    Dang. Those quotes by Sapp about the whole situation, and especially the end of that Cardinals game- are all pretty damning.

    SilkyJohnson, what you think about this?

  31. realfootballfan says: Oct 8, 2013 12:50 PM

    Completely agree with Sapp. More breathtaking is that Schiano still has supporters. Freeman needed to go because of his own issues, but that does not dismiss the train wreck that Schiano has been. The QB changed, yet the Bucs lost the exact same way against Arizona.

    It’s like what is going on with Ron Rivera in Carolina, all be it with a seemingly nicer guy. Their teams lose the same way, week in, week out. They both need to be fired immediately.

  32. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 8, 2013 1:16 PM

    Peabrained little boys who get their emotions in a bunch listening to Sapp on NFL Network will automatically dismiss what he said here, but he is 100% about Schiano.

  33. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 8, 2013 1:50 PM

    txeer304 says: Oct 8, 2013 8:21 AM

    Sapp is one of my all time favorite players but as soon as you say “tape tell me that” your statement becomes void. Mainly because you only have tape of one game on Glennon and while he made the rookie mistake at the wrong time. He out performed Freeman in that one game.
    Not to mention that Freeman is a 5 year vet and for there to even be a comparison between the two is very telling. Glennon is a rookie that will make rookie mistakes, Freeman was a 5 year vet still making rookie mistakes. Ill take the rookie and his growing pains who is committed to the team and is the first in and the last out vs the struggling vet who is missing meetings, the team breakfast, and is late to make the bus to the game.
    —————–

    So State played with no game film? How did Schiano find out about Glennon? Telepathy? As a Florida State fan, despite State beating us with Glennon at the helm, the Noles lost that game more than Glennon “led the Wolfpack back.” And the film shows that Freeman is much better than Glennon ever will be when his head is right.

  34. cheapglazers says: Oct 8, 2013 3:14 PM

    Sapp is dead on with his comments. Should he be a hall-of-famer over Strahan? A different story for a different day.

  35. theuglitruth says: Oct 8, 2013 3:19 PM

    Buc fans that support Schiano….you make us laugh…thanks!

  36. channer81 says: Oct 8, 2013 3:27 PM

    Gruden was unpopular in Tampa? I saw that NFL presents the ’02 Bucs, it didn’t seem like it. I’d trust Sapp’s opinion, when he was coached by Dungy he was too nice for that team when they needed the ass kicking Gruden gave them and it worked out for them.

    Schiano’s Bucs would make a great team in Blitz 2013, but the rest of that squad isn’t getting it done..

  37. jmorand47 says: Oct 8, 2013 3:57 PM

    You know, we all make fun of Warren and some of his comments, but you know what? He brings more to the table than some other sports talking heads, (ie, Jim Drone Rome). Case in point, wasn’t it Warren who boldly said more than a year ago that, “The Steelers are old, slow, it’s over.” And here they sit now at 0 and 4.

  38. mgavin78 says: Oct 8, 2013 5:41 PM

    Sapp is a pos. wish he would just go away.

  39. stlluna7 says: Oct 8, 2013 5:43 PM

    Sapp has a QB hat too? Who would have known? I mean he has no earthly idea what a good quarterback really is anyway. Glennon hasn’t had the chance but let guys like Steve Duemig, Warren Sapp and a litany of others have their way and Coach Schiano will be fired. Stop it haters! I was in Tampa for 22 years and I saw the Culverhouse debacle and now the flaming of another coach, just because those attackers can.

  40. bigfella909 says: Oct 9, 2013 4:41 PM

    Hate Sapp or not in this case he is totally correct. I LOVE YOU BIG WARREN — HOF —RING OF HONOR and on tv every Sunday doing what these haters wish they could do—– talk football and get paid to do it. I don’t know for sure but it seems to me that the HOF er knows a tiny bit more about football than the PLAYSTATION FOOTBALL EXPERT. LONG LIVE THE GREAT 99 AND GO VIKINGS— HATE ON HATERS.

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