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Sapp Fires Off On Schiano; Barber Offers Different Opinion

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Warren Sapp has always been outspoken and it was just a matter of time before he weighed in on all of the turmoil in Tampa Bay. Sapp took his shots a day after Ronde Barber seemed to back his former head coach Greg Schiano.
Former Bucs great and Hall of Famer Warren Sapp has never been one to bite his tongue.

Monday, on an NFL.com podcast with former Ravens coach Brian Billick, Sapp let loose on the situation in Tampa Bay, particularly the quarterback issues that plagued the Buccaneers over the last month.

“If I’m down in Tampa, I’m questioning this whole thing because it’s a mafia style,” Sapp said. “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 [Freeman] throw the ball at the end of the game, why is Glennon throwing the ball at the end of the game?"

And Sapp didn’t save all his criticism for just the handling of the quarterback situation, but also took a shot at the defensive scheme, and head coach Greg Schiano in particular.

“Why is [Darrelle] Revis standing eight yards off [Larry] Fitzgerald running a slant route and nobody’s there?” Sapp said. “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 given away football games, your style needs to change.”

Sapp’s comments comes on the heels of his former teammate Ronde Barber’s who on the Fox Sports NFL pregame show Sunday threw his support towards Schiano.

The best thing that they did was release Josh,” Barber said. “Somehow, someway that situation had to end. It had gotten toxic from both sides. Josh was manipulating, everybody felt like Coach was manipulating, but I don't feel like Greg was that kind of guy. Greg wants what's best for this team. I think he can get the locker room back. I want to see him get the locker room back.”

The Buccaneers will induct Sapp into their Ring of Honor at halftime of the November 11 Monday Night Football game against the Miami Dolphins and unless the Buccaneers get on some significant winning streak the odds of a Sapp and Schiano warm and fuzzy photo opportunity is waning by the second.

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    It's amazing to hear all this support for Freeman now that he is gone. The dude had 5 years to prove he belonged and he failed miserably. His winning record stunk, and he was not a leader of men. Freeman was an average quarterback at best, and at worst he lost games with his interceptions. For 3 quarters, Glennon looked like an NFL QB. It was his first game, give the guy a chance, after all, Freeman got 5 years worth of chances.
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    jcostello....I have always been in Freeman's corner. He was over a 60% passer under the previous regime and under 55% under the new regime this season. Schiano and Sullivan put the damper on Freeman and made it where he couldn't succeed. They broke his spirit and alienated him from his teammates. It was probably less painful for Josh to pay $30,000 in fines than to have to listen to all the sanctimonious hypocracy from Bucs leadership. CBS Sports Jason LaCanfora said it was to discredit Mark Dominik and that may not be too far fetched. jcostello it's lucky you like Mike Glennon so much, because when Cower and Bridgewater get here next year, you can probably start buying your insurance from Glennon.
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    jcostello....Ok coach, whatever you say. Have fun applying for Obamacare after you get fired on Dec 30th.
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    Every single thing Sapp said is 100% correct. I would only add to it that Schiano is also a Jersey piece of trash who deserves to get... wait for it... dumped. Tah dah. I truly despise Schiano.
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    @jrwilson: i think you are dead on, with saying that HC can´t use his personel. You mentioned the perfect example in Kellen Winslow.. @all: Shiano has to adjust quite a bit, or change his overall coaching style a bit; and mostly he needs dirffrent playcallers or gameplanning.. Or like I used to say, they need a new QB, HC, GM..
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    louden....Holtz, Spurrier and Saban were great college coaches who couldn't hack it in the pros. A Washington reporter was trying to bait Spurrier into saying something inflamatory when Dan Snider fired him. He said "Coach Spurrier the players sure didn't like you." Spurrier retorted "Not half as much as I didn't like them." An NFL coach has to be a salesman and a motivator. College coaches more or less rule with an iron fist. At Florida Spurrier got 100 % co-operation, you pay guys millions a year to play the same game and they seem to become quite independent. It takes real people skills to coach in the NFL. There is nothing wrong with a serious approach, but it should be constructive rather than destructive. I had a great respect for Schiano when he coached at Rutgers, because he took a program that was in the pits for years and gave them respectability. I still thought he should have won a couple of Big East titles that he never won. He played too conservative in the big games and if the Scartlet Knights ever got too far down, they weren't built to come back. The Bucs are pretty much in the same mold, especially now that Freeman is gone. The one good thing is Glennon may allow the Bucs to win the Teddy Bridgewater sweepstakes in the 2014 draft. Bill Cowher will thank Greg Schiano too.
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    @jrwilson85: Wow, no kidding, you wrote exactly what i think about Shiano too. Besides all of that, i don´t even think he is even in the same "class" like some of the other college HC´s. But damn, i realy like a lot of the coaches we got on our staff.. Like i have said, Glennon okay, but it could very well be, that we are going to look for a new HC/QB + GM? combo.. Is there a possibility to look for coaches and GM´s, who have contracts to expire next year? Is there a chance to promote from within? Do we have any coaches (besides Sully) who have longer OC experience?(not all blame on Sully).. curious about the Eagles game. I hope players and coaches understand it is against The Eagles...
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    I sure would like it if we all actually knew the truth and not leave it to speculation and rumors. From the day Schiano was hired he was as reluctant to embrace Josh Freeman as I am to give Rosanne a hug. But why? We often heard about Freeman's work ethic; yet Schiano constantly has made backhanded digs questioning it. Even now, he refers to Aaron Rodgers' brother and Glennon as a "ball guys" as if to say, # 5 wasn't. As someone posted, it looks like Schiano is more enamored with a "gym rat" with modest skills than he is a player with the raw skills of Josh Freeman. Now that my emotions have subsided, I have come to the conclusion that something must have been going on with Josh Freeman that Schiano, and perhaps a contingent of players, was unwilling to tolerate. The fact that he was able to convince the Glazers and Mark Dominik, who had a big investment in the "franchise QB", is starting to tell me the decision to discard him was justified. I just wish the brain-trust at OBP had prepared for this a little better than they did. The remaining 12 games are going to tell the tale. I'll cut Schiano some slack until this coming Sunday when we in the stands will have to endure Philly fan. Please Greg, I hate the E A G L E S, Eagles! cheer. No last second collapse.
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    It's amazing how us Bucs fans forget that Freeman was above 60% completions with Raheem Morris and Greg Olsen at the helm. Now that Greg Schiano and Mike Sullivan here, Freeman was below 55%. Not taking responsibility is one thing which Freeman has not done yet. To me he's still young. But it's another when the coach has no faith in you since the beginning. And never put you in position to succeeded. His playcalling tells me that. From Freeman to Glennon. You can blatantly tell the difference. To me the embarrassment Schiano has brought the organization to me he needs to be released of his duties. And find a coach that will bring us back to being a respectable organization. Also Mark Dominic needs to go too. Cause if he was a football guy, Morris and Schiano would've never been hired.
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    @poptal33609@yahoo.com: totally right on!! GoBucs
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    Maybe the offensive system is so predictable that it skews completions to the low side for any quarterback that plays in it? I wonder what the ideal QB for Schiano/Sullivan's system would be? Superman?
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    With the way Morgan has you fellas going,he should get his own column ... Freeman is history and gettin smaller in the rear view mirror-he is no longer our issue..We still have to see what's up with Schiano..The coach has lost me and it appears part of the locker room and fan base..This being said,it doesn't mean he can't build it back.Only Schiano knows what Schianos next move is- we all must wait and see what it is..Hopefully things will get back on track and we can start moving in a positive direction.If things stay the way they are and new distractions and excuses arise ,then it's time to make him walk..As much as last week was a big one for Glennon and his development- next weekend will be the same for coach..I wish the Bucs luck,they sure could use some.
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    Schiano isn't starting Glennon because at this point in time he is a better quarterback than Freeman. His is starting Glennon because the Bucs were not going to sign Freeman to a new contract at the end of the year and they need to know what they have in Glennon before next years draft. Schiano would probably like to say that but that would put the spotlght on Dominik but after the laughstock comment Schiano can't afford to do that. Divorces is never pretty so stop whining and accept the fact the Bucs are in rebuiilding mode hopefully like the Colts were two years ago when Peyton was injured.
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    In the words of the late Al Davis "Just win Baby!!!" Winning would take away all the unhappiness here in Bucsland. Sapp was always outspoken, but I also thought he was right most of the time too. Sapp doesn't mince words, he just cuts to the chase. He is 100% right about the use of Revis too. Playing Revis 7 yards off the ball in a must win situation is like using Secretariat to plow the north 40. The Bucs have lost three games this season with their famous prevent defense. They play lights out defense for 4 quarters and then freeze up and go conservative in the waining minutes of a close game. I call that playing scared. I call it not playing to win, but playing to keep from losing. A negative way of thinking by the coaching staff and it filters down to the team. No doubt in my mind that Schiano knows how to build a team, but can he coach a team to a championship? He should have won a couple of Big East titles when he had Ray Rice, Jim Leonard and Kenny Britt and Teal was a pretty fair country QB too. The conservative offense isn't even working for the NY Giants these days and they coined it. With the wide open offenses, if you can't score a lot of points in a hurry, you are more than likely going to lose. Schiano has run Kellen Winslow, Aqib Talib and Legarrett Blount. Those three have been productive for their new teams. We could sure use Winslow about now. What if we had Revis and Talib at CB. Can't wait to hear a sermon on that one.
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    MC or SR can we please do something to get Morgan off of these boards he is nothing but a troll that looks for attention by disagreeing and making outrageous claims wherever he shoots his mouth off. I saw him arguing in the forums today and asking for a refund of his membership. I'm sure everyone here would gladly refund your ten dollars a year to not have to hear your attention-seeking nonsense and negative comments on every single subject. Get a life you toolbag and bring your attention deprived bs somewhere else.
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    I don;'t kinow who the eff you think you are, but my posts all support the Bucs, their head coach and Mike Glennon. The trollsare the ones like yourself slamming the Bucs' head coach and QB. Get lost.
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    You guys got it all wrong, its not is Sapp or barber right. They are both right. I agree with Sapp that how Shaino handled the whole Freeman situation up to a week ago was all wrong. If he didnt want him he should have traded him before the draft. At least we would have gotten something for him. I also agree that Freeman is a better QB then Glennon. I just dont think Freeman's style of play fit with Schaino's scheme and play calling which goes back to a point Sapp was making that Schiano doesnt utilize his players talents. He didnt with Freeman and he is not doing it with Revis. A good coach will maximize their players talents. Scheme and game plan around thier players talents and skills. This and the fact he doenst make any adjustments throughout the games is why schiano is just not a NFL caliber coach. Now Barber was also right that Schiano did the right thing by cutting him. Freeman was becoming toxic and starting to tear apart the locker room which you could tell by some of the comments the players were making. Now that he cut Freeman he has a chance to get the locker room back. Will it happen? Only time will tell
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    In the words of the late Al Davis "Just win Baby!!!" Winning would take away all the unhappiness here in Bucsland. Sapp was always outspoken, but I also thought he was right most of the time too. Sapp doesn't mince words, he just cuts to the chase. He is 100% right about the use of Revis too. Playing Revis 7 yards off the ball in a must win situation is like using Secretariat to plow the north 40. The Bucs have lost three games this season with their famous prevent defense. They play lights out defense for 4 quarters and then freeze up and go conservative in the waining minutes of a close game. I call that playing scared. I call it not playing to win, but playing to keep from losing. A negative way of thinking by the coaching staff and it filters down to the team. The conservative offense isn't even working for the NY Giants these days and they coined it. With the wide open offenses, if you can't score a lot of points in a hurry, you are more than likely going to lose. Schiano has run Kellen Winslow, Aqib Talib and Legarrett Blount. Those three have been productive for their new teams. We could sure use Winslow about now. What if we had Revis and Talib at CB. Can't wait to hear a sermon on that one.
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    None of this criticism would have happened if we would have won some games. All I care about is performance and so far the players and coaches aren't performing. Here's a tip: Players,play harder; Coaches, how about coaching in todays world.
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    Morgan, have you missed McCoy talking about how he and Sapp talk before and after games. Sapp has the same insiders in the locker room that Barber has.
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    Besides the game time adjustments and play calling, which is absolutely horrible. He is the worse personnel handler I have ever seen. From Tynes to Freeman to recording players secretly to the "this situation needed Greg Schiano" when he created the situation. He treats his players like children and not grown professionals. He does not give the players the respect that, as professionals, they deserve and it is impossible to win over a locker room without earning that respect. He continually misuses our weapons and instead of embracing criticism and making changes, he gets rid of the players who made said criticisms, even if they are correct. And what does he do after this whole Freeman fiasco? After our undisciplined play has racked us a near league leading penalty yards? After countless dropped passes by WRs? Does he drill them? Does he hit the film room? Does he teach them how to block and shift without acquiring penalties that negate 80 yard passes? No, he gives the team a week off and goes and signs another Rutgers player... This coach is a joke and is setting our franchise back to the old days where we were the joke of the NFL. (also for the record on Freeman, under Sully for the NYG Eli Manning's numbers were near the exact same as Freemans. There is a reason why he regressed and it is not entirely his play. The play calling and game scheme never complimented, or even attempted to compliment his play style. Schiano did not like or want him from the beginning and should have made his move in the off season. As opposed to manufacturing controversy and flushing our season down the drain. This guy couldn't even win at Rutgers get him out of here! He is not a pro coach by any means!)
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    Dude, stop parroting what you're reading from bloggers and Steve Duimeg who aren't inside the locker room. They're trying to get readers/listeners by being antagnoistic to our team.
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    Well since Sapp has never worked with Schiano at all and Barber is quite the smart football player, I'm more apt to go with Barber on this one. THat being said, Schiano is running out of time.
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    I doubt Sapp has any insiders in the lockerroom. What he knows he gets from reporters and agents - all with agendas. Agree - Barber knows what he's talking about, Sapp meanwhile is a blowhard.
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    Morgan, I don't have a dog in this fight, I just go by wins and losses. But I'm interested to get your thoughts since you believe that Barber knows what he's talking about. Barber says that Schiano has lost the locker room and he should go about trying to get it back. How do you think Schiano should go about getting the locker back?
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    Morgan you are an idiot, that was not a racist comment. By mafia boss he meant he is the head of the organization and if anyone disagrees with him in the slightest, especially public, they will be sabotaged and killed off. Leave it to you to try and make it a racial issue. And for credit for staying in games, staying in games means nothing FINISHING them means everything. And in his time here he has failed to finish, allowing 7 4th quarter come backs. Taking our top qb off of Colston on the final drive of the game and off of Fitz for a TD is absurd. Revis is not a safety, he is a shut down man corner, that we are paying 16 mil a year. Let's use him as such. Or we can continue to misuse him as we did freeman and watch our franchise regress even more. Schianos play calling, game plan, in game adjustments and personnel relations are non existent. He needs to go.
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    do you know the difference between an ethnic slur and a racial slur? obviously you don't.
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    Bravo to Sapp , he telling the truth. I cant wait for coach She She to get fired , hes a dumb punk and a bully and more players need to come out on his *censored*.
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    Double standard. Sapp stereotypes a head coach w/ an Italian last name as being a member of the mafia - no repercussions. Thug might be a Hall of Famer, but he's as dumb as a box of rocks. Wonder if Sapp was one of Dungy's malcontents because Dungy's teams started 0-6.
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    Well Sapp is correct in that Schiano's coaching choices at the end of games consistently lose those games for us that were actually winnable with a different choice.
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    Why not give Schiano's defense credit for putting the Bucs in the position to win the games in the first place? Just another fairweather fan - who'll be on the bandwagon soon enough.
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    Morgan, Give Schiano credit for putting the Bucs in position to win games. The problem with that statement is he deserves blame not credit. We shouldnt be in position to come back and win these games or trying to hold on to a small lead. We should be leading by 20 points. As soon as Schiano gets a lead he stops trying to score points and plays conservative. He just runs up the middle. He's to predictable. Its sad when a fan like me can predict 70% of the plays before they are ran. When you got a lead why take your foot off the gas? With as much talent as this offense has there is no reason why we shouldn't be averaging at least 24 ppg.
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    @Morgan - If Sapp is so dumb I'm sure he didn't make that connection between Schiano's name, Italians and the mafia. I'm not dumb and I didn't make that connection until you brought it up. If nothing else Sapp is certainly right about the best bump-n-run CB in the league Revis playing off coverage against the 4.6 40 running Fitzgerald in the red zone.
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