Sapp Down On McCoy’s First DayApril 30th, 2010
Standing on the set of the NFL Network studios this evening, Warren Sapp shook his head in disgust and looked to the floor of the set after five seconds of watching Gerald McCoy run through a pass-rush dummy drill at rookie minicamp today.
Shown to NFL Network viewers, the drill work was followed by a clip of McCoy telling reporters “Coach [Todd] Wash said ‘I had a good first day.’ By the time the vets get here I should be rolling.”
Sapp’s immediate reponse was one of disgust and eagerness to get hands-on with his new student. ”I gotta get to Tampa. He’s stepping behind himself,” Sapp said.
At the end of the broadcast, Sapp’s cohorts on the NFL Network replayed the tape of McCoy’s drill work and playfully asked Sapp ,”What don’t you like?” Sapp responded by praising McCoy’s feet in one drill but just shook his head and didn’t comment again on the pass rush dummy drill.
Former Bucs defensive end Steve White, a JoeBucsFan.com analyst, explained what likely was eating up Sapp.
“When you clear a dummy you want to step through with your inside leg so that it’s past the dummy and you can continue on smoothly. To do this at some point you have to take a crossover step, though. When a guy leaves his foot behind that means he never does the crossover step, and so he never gets that foot past the bag, which means that he isn’t likely to get past whomever is blocking him,” White said.
Joe sincerely hopes Sapp keeps his word and parks himself in Tampa for a few days.
Sapp told the Associated Press today that his work with McCoy and Price would be in the film room, not on the field.
“I can’t get out on the field with them. I can’t do it any more, I’m too old,” the 37-year-old Sapp said by telephone from Los Angeles, where he works for NFL Network.
“But I think I have somebody who might want to sit down and watch a little tape with me. I can show you and talk to you about it. … I’m not telling you how to do it. I’m just showing you something that worked.”
Joe super sincerely hopes Todd Wash is prepared to develop McCoy, the latest next Warren Sapp.