“Stop Looking Back”August 9th, 2012
Earlier today, co-hosts of the “Todd and Booger Show,” Todd Wright and Booger McFarland, heard on WHFS-FM 98.7, welcomed former Bucs great Simeon Rice to the airwaves to talk — what else? — Bucs football.
McFarland asked Rice about the lack of sacks the Bucs have compared to when Warren Sapp, McFarland and Rice prowled the line of scrimmage some 10 years ago, and the subject touched a nerve with Rice, who in so many words said Bucs fans if not Bucs management are living in the past.
“I think they have to stop looking back and look forward,” Rice said. “None of us are what we once were. Tampa isn’t what we once were. It’s just not going to happen. You are just not going to find a Warren Sapp. You are not just going to find a Booger McFarland, you are not going to find a nose tackle that runs a 4.7 [in a 40-yard dash]. You are not. There is no such player. You know what I mean? It’s rare. You are not going to find a defensive end that can run 4.4, it’s rare. So you have to appreciate those things when they happen. I think in order for them to make an impact, and I think that’s what it is all about, making an impact with the team that they have, to develop where they are strong, the offense. Envelope that quarterback. Defensively they have to pay a special mind into what they are trying to build for the future. Is it likely they will have sacks like that and players who play like that? No, unless someone is going back in a time machine and bring the players of the past back. And since I can’t do that, I would look at the players they have and really evaluate what I have and hope for the best and create a gameplan.”
And yes grammar Nazis, Rice used the word “envelope” as a verb when referring to building an offense around Josh Freeman.
Rice added a couple of other interesting thoughts about how the Bucs have no excuses for the lack of play and as long as a player is productive in helping win games, “That’s all you can ask for.”
Joe’s of the mind that Rice has a helluva point. Quit trying to find the next Sapp, the next Rice. They are not there and the game has in many ways evolved into a different game since both hung up their cleats.
Just go out there and find the best 22 players you can and go from there. Don’t set up someone to fail by asking them to be Sapp or Rice because, the chances are, they never will be.