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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