Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp will be inducted into the Buccaneers’ Ring of Honor on Monday night, but that isn’t stopping him from questioning the Bucs’ coaching staff.
Sapp told the Tampa Tribune that Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy should be making a lot more plays, but the Bucs’ defensive schemes aren’t taking advantage of McCoy’s talents.
“He’s not getting the opportunities,” Sapp said of McCoy. “That’s what it is. I mean, I don’t get it. Am I the only one who’s watching tape here? I’m trying to figure out the plan that you have here.”
Sapp said he watched the Bucs’ loss to the Cardinals and grew frustrated when he saw McCoy beat the guard on one side of the line on back-to-back plays, only to move to the other side of the line on the next play.
“I was screaming at the television set – ‘Get back over there,’” Sapp said. “You just beat this guy twice and almost had a sack both times, so now come back for the third down and get us off the field. But the defense says he has to be on that side. And the defense says he has to be on that side because of the threat of a draw. I’m sorry. I just don’t get it sometimes.”
Sapp said his criticism of coach Greg Schiano shouldn’t have any bearing on his Ring of Honor ceremony on Monday night.
“This isn’t personal,” Sapp said. “These are facts.”
The fact is, most Bucs fans would trust Sapp more than they’d trust Schiano.