Schiano’s Defense Rankled SappFebruary 22nd, 2014
Earlier this week when Bucs stud Gerald McCoy and Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp unveiled the Bucs’ new helmet and log on God’s Channel (NFL Network), the two naturally were asked to talk about the new Lovie Smith era.
GMC responded like he couldn’t wait for practice to begin and said the Bucs easily have a foundation Lovie can bring to life. GMC talked about Lavonte David and Mark Barron and Darrelle Revis and Dashon Goldson, and he said with those guys, including himself, Lovie will have not only a defense Bucs fans will be proud of, but a defense the NFL will fear.
This got Sapp worked up and Sapp, a known loud and vocal critic of former Bucs coach Greg Schiano’s defense, went off when GMC rattled off the talented players in place for Lovie.
“None of these guys, their talent was being played to,” Sapp barked. “A college coach, whenever you are in doubt, you blitz. And that was what our defense did a lot of times last year, was blitz. Now I know a system and a structure is going to be in place. They are going to find [GMC] a one-on-one. Revis is going to get the No. 1 receiver, we are going to mix this coverage with these two safeties and somebody is going to be in trouble. We are going to play defense!
“They play that defense, the Tampa-2, everywhere in the world except Tampa last year! That bothered me. That really bothered me!”
You know what bothered Joe? When people who purported to be of a sober mind actually concocted a coverage that would find defensive end Adrian Clayborn guarding one of the fastest men in the NFL, Saints running back Darren Sproles. When Joe saw that he nearly dropped his bottle of beer.
Having a defensive lineman guard Sproles? In what world did people think something like this would actually work, short of Sproles fumbling?