Bowers Accepts Sapp’s Challenge

July 28th, 2013

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This week, former Bucs great Warren Sapp becomes a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He doesn’t live in the Tampa Bay area any longer but his heart is still with the Bucs.

He has a strong bond with current defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who often praises Sapp for being his personal tutor. It appears that Sapp has also developed a relationship with defensive end Da’Quan Bowers.

The Clemson product slipped deep into the second round falling from what may have been a top-five pick over fears of a severely injured knee. Injuries unrelated to this knee have kept Bowers off the field quite a bit for the Bucs.

Healthy this year, Bowers is starting the season anew, with Sapp’s help and a direct challenge from Sapp to start producing. Bowers, speaking after the Bucs’ practice last night, accepted Sapp’s words.

“I call him ‘Big Unc,’” Bowers said. “He’s a great mentor. You have to respect the guy. When he played so long and did the things he did. His view, it is fire. Getting me going and competition. Hey, I have to live up to it. That’s all. If he didn’t believe in me, he wouldn’t have said it at all.

“I never doubt myself. That’s one thing I will never do. I know what I am capable of. I know what I need to do to get where I need to be. It’s all about doing it. One thing I can say, I never planned on getting injured. You cannot control it. All you can do is bounce back and be stronger.”

Joe noticed when Sapp was at practice Thursday, there was a moment after practice where Sapp put his arm around Bowers and the two had a long chat. Joe can only assume the conversation centered around putting heat on the quarterback.

For the Bucs to improve defensively, the team simply must get to the quarterback more. It’s not even up for debate. Bowers is a critical cog in that goal. If Bowers can finally live up to his ability, he single-handedly could turn the Bucs pass rush from feeble to frightening.

5 Responses to “Bowers Accepts Sapp’s Challenge”

  1. Chris@Apple Says:

    We need a pass rush, so I hope what Sapp did to Bowers works!

  2. Macabee Says:

    I’m hoping Bowers has a big year this year. Staying healthy will be the key. And If he’s going to be successful coming off the edge, he got to develop techniques to get off blocks very well.

    I didn’t go to the night practice, but I read that both Dotson and Carimi whipped him like a rented mule last night! It’s early, will get better I’m sure! And of course you can’t believe everything you read!

  3. Couch Fan Says:

    More sacks would be great but I dont really think they need MORE sacks to win games. I think just consistently making the QB move around which is something they struggled with… and getting a few hits on him wouldn’t hurt either.

    Revis should be very helpful in this department.

  4. Dreambig Says:

    The only defensive lineman who stood out last night was McCoy. Clayborne was a distant second.

  5. scubog Says:

    Don’t be alarmed Macabee. The one on one battles are less than a handful of plays. Far less than the 50 or so plays in a real game. Even when the defender wins the vast majority of these duals; getting to the QB in a real game is more difficult because of other bodies in the way. Additionally, the QB isn’t being harassed by other defenders giving the OL another advantage. If a defender plays 50 snaps and gets to the QB only 1 1/2 times that would be considered a good showing and a whopping 24 sack season.

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