Sapp: Schiano Running “Mafia-Style” OperationOctober 8th, 2013
Could Warren Sapp get whacked in the next 34 days, before the Bucs enshrine him in their prestigious Ring of Honor on Nov. 11?
It seems No. 99, according to No. 99, just put himself in danger. Sapp spoke out against Greg Schiano during a new NFL.com podcast with Brian Billick. Sapp took direct shots at Schiano’s competency and says he needs to change his consigliere ways.
“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? 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 given away football games, your style needs to change.”
Just when you think it can’t get any lower for the Bucs, Sapp, the franchise’s second Hall of Famer, a guy who has spent a lot of time over the past year at One Buc Palace and has had a private meeting with Schiano, has now joined the ranks of those who publicly say the head coach is leading the Bucs in the wrong direction.
Sapp’s damning comments, ironically, stop only a hair short of calling Schiano a laughingstock.