Sapp Guarantees A “Much More Improved” McCoy

June 8th, 2012

Warren Sapp explains his issues with Monte Kiffin and breaks down Trent Dilfer's Bucs days

Always a great interview, outspoken Bucs icon Warren Sapp checked for an in-depth interview on WDAE-AM 620 this morning and didn’t disappoint.

Check out the must-listen audio below. Among other topics, Sapp talked about his recent chat with Gerald McCoy and “guaranteed” a much improved McCoy in 2012. Sapp said McCoy will be “hitting with his horns” and not reaching, referring to McCoy’s technique. The Bucs icon added that he’ll be working hands-on with McCoy this offseasn and that it took him until his third season to feel he had a strong grasp his his position.

Sapp told a great story about his first interaction with Paul Gruber as a rookie. Also Sapp interestingly explained, in Xs and Os, why he has a problem with Monte Kiffin, and clarified his blast at Trent Dilfer that will be in his new book.

“Trent Dilfer’s name don’t come up when we talk about great quarterbacks. Trent Dilfer’s name don’t come up when we talk about good quarterbacks,” Sapp said.

53 Responses to “Sapp Guarantees A “Much More Improved” McCoy”

  1. thomas 2.2 Says:

    Sapp: “guaranteed” a much improved McCoy in 2012. Sapp said McCoy will be “hitting with his horns” and not reaching.

    What? You mean Sapp disagrees with all of the sheep who have tried to argue that Gerald was disruptive and a menace and productive (with 3 career sacks and 30 tackles LOL) when healthy?

    This makes me roll on the floor laughing. Isn’t this exactly what Brad Culpepper, Ian Beckles, Shaun King, Dan Sileo and many other ex-bucs have said about McCoy – hell even Rah rah Morris railed against Gerald’s technique.

    Sheep: Gerald has been abysmal even when healthy – it is not arguable.

    It is arguable as to what he may become if he stays healthy, that is the point that those with a football brain argue. So lets shift the argument to something reasonable. And no, the team was not 4-2 when McCoy played last year so don’t spread that lie around (he missed the Saints win with an ankle/knee). Cody went out, THC came in and the secondary fell apart thereafter.

    I look forward to a reasonable debate on Gerald going forward. Thanks Warren

  2. Bucnnole Says:

    Who cares what this A Hole has to say. Sapp only cares about Sapp. Period. Good luck with that whole being broke thing Sapp, you Dbag.

  3. Garv Says:

    What an honest, entertaining and interesting interview.
    Sapp at his best. Well…..his best off the football field.

    Good stuff, thanks and a hat tip!

  4. lurker Says:

    I can see why people wish violence upon you! All you do is attack people and call people names who disagree with you. You do not want to debate, only enrage. You are a total douche and a classic troll.

  5. McBuc Says:

    Thomas, you ask for a reasonable debate with a statement that makes you sound like an jack ass. No one has said McCoy was great last year, people have pointed out that he was improving before his injury. Sapp also points out what everyone says to you, but you choose to ignore, the third year is when it started to click for Sapp. Reasonable people understand that it takes time to get these guys going. If you would stop calling people sheep, and ranting like a fool, maybe you could have a reasonable discussion about the Bucs. I can tell by your writing that you are a smart guy, but you come off as a negative self-righteous non Bucs fan.

  6. BigBear Says:

    Wow I didn’t know that McCoy was the worst tackle in the league, good thing I read through the comments here.

    In all fairness McCoy has a long way to go in many areas of his game to live up to the expectations. But I would rather have him starting than Wyms, Hovan or so many of the tackles we have trotted out in the past. He is not a sack artist, hes frail etc, but he has shown some flashes. His loss however large or small was part of a snowball effect on the team with many other factors. He was not the sole reason, but his injury was part of the equation no doubt about it.

  7. BigMacAttack Says:

    So let me get this straight T2, Raheem is complete idiot, worst coach ever, unless he says something bad about McCoy, and then he’s a genius. You’re killing me over there Thomas. McCoy sucks, but yet Sapp says he’s going to break out, and he even said it took him 3 years to become a beast. So which way is it coach? How it gonna be? Does your scout buddy cherry pick his facts too? Again, you’re killin me.

    Sapp, if anything, is entertaining, and I like how he showed some rare humility when Stroud mentioned the HOF. That is how you get in, don’t talk about it, just keep saying your prayers at night, before you bed down some ho.

  8. Garv Says:

    2.whatever, Eric and Mr. Grandee who is hung up in Honduras, a desperate man, are anything but Buccaneer fans. They are insipid whiners who enjoy flaming…..kind of like eagle fans on their third bottle of cheap whiskey.

    That’s just my observation of course. They may be worse than that.

  9. OAR Says:

    Great interview! Love Sapp! He answers like he played, unabated!

  10. OAR Says:

    AKA: a wether!
    Shove your baa up your baa, you baa!

  11. Orlandobucfan Says:

    @ mcnuc
    Thanks for writing that, saved me typing I agree with everything you wrote.

  12. BigMacAttack Says:

    Word of the day: insipid
    Nice Garv, good description of the constant bleating and kvetching.

  13. OAR Says:

    I know its a typo, but why does “mcnuc” make me think of the awesome Curly from the classic Three Stooges?

  14. Orlandobucfan Says:

    Yeah sorry mcbuc stupid autocorrect

  15. Miguel Grande Says:

    I enjoy offering a different perspective. I wouldn’t say I’m a flamer, a little controversy is good for the discussion. Thomas makes a good point about Buc fans being sheep.

    I was on a Saint’s website yesterday and half of the comments were from Falcon’s fans flaming the discussions. I believe, that Joe is responsible for keeping this website on subject and weeding out the bad, disruptive and off subject ad hominem attacks.

    I love Warren Sapp and appreciate his honesty. Trent Dilfer was absolutely awful as a QB.

    As for McCoy, I’m completely ambivalent. I don’t resent the money that the Glazers are overpaying him. I don’t mind his gay twitter name or his equally gay tweets. McCoy believes he is being disruptive when he is taken out of each play by much smarter offensive linemen and offensive coordinators. Perhaps, he will get a clue in his 3rd season. Right now, McCoy and Price are just bigger nails in the Rockstar’s coffin.

    Mark Dominik really dropped the ball when he drafted Geraldini where he did. He was weak for his size, had bad technique and a personality not suited for battle in the pits.

  16. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I agree Miguel, this is the NFL, not College. There are big and nasty O Linemen here, that are laughing at McCoy and his goofy self.
    McCoy needs to grow up, and become mean and feared.
    I will say this, he has put on some muscle it seems, and he seems a little more mature.
    The Rockstar will no longer be able to blame the coaching if his guys do not produce this year.

  17. Thomas2.2 Says:

    Excellent Miguel!

  18. OAR Says:

    You being on another team’s website doesnt surprise me one bit.
    So, you dont mind McCoy’s tweets and twitter name, but think its gay?
    You are willing to give him a chance, yet right now he’s a bust?
    BTW You realize the Bucs would have over paid any player at that pick, right? Hopefully, the new rookie scale has corrected that problem.
    Talk about ambivalence. Where is your conflicting feelings about him? All I got out of that was he’s an overpaid weak gay and a bust.

  19. Thomas2.2 Says:

    Actually, OAR a player picked from the second round of that draft, Rob Gronkowki, just earned a larger 54 million dollar contract. I am
    sure that we would be thrilled with Gronk or All Pro Suh or Pro Bowler Berry.

  20. lightningbuc Says:

    “Trent Dilfer’s name don’t come up when we talk about great quarterbacks. Trent Dilfer’s name don’t come up when we talk about good quarterbacks,” Sapp said.

    Most would agree that Dilfer was not that great of a QB (though he has as many Super Bowl rings as Sapp does – well, if Sapp finds his), but he is 10 times the MAN Sapp will ever be. He has four children (one died at age 5)with the same woman, his wife, and continues to provide for them and be their DAD. Something you can’t be bothered with with all your illegitimate kids, you loser! Your kids would probably rather have a dad who cared, rather than a deadbeat who will be in the HOF.

  21. Miguel Grande Says:

    @Oar I always enjoy your posts and your sense of humor. Thank you for disagreeing with me, I get uncomfortable when everyone agrees.

    I was on the Saint’s site because of a link on this website. I’ve never visited it before or since.

    I don’t dislike gays, I just don’t think his personality is suited for a franchise defensive tackle. His personality might be better suited as a QB for the Dallas Cowboys, maybe.

    I blame our scouting department for not investigating every last detail for a 3rd overall pick which is a tremendous investment. Details, like a very low score in strength tests which would indicate laziness or some genetic flaw which might lead to some devastating injuries. Mel Kiper certainly was fooled by Geraldini, but Mel researches thousands of athletes and certainly can’t travel to each school and interview their brothers, teachers, coaches, friends, sisters, and girlfriends (?). The Rockstar is paid to do that and he should have.

    Perhaps Warren Sapp is correct and GMC is not a bust. I’m just saying I would prefer a QBKILLA instead of a DINI at that position and with a 3rd overall pick. If they had chosen him with a 5th round pick, there would be no controversy.

  22. OAR Says:

    Too funny! How would we have gotten Suh. Trade? I don’t think so. No way would we give up the farm for him, and besides the Lions never would have traded.
    As for Gronk, we traded for Win-slow and didnt need a TE. Your key words there are, “he earned” a larger contract. With that said, If you dont think the team and QB he’s playing for had anything to do with his success, Ive got a bridge for sale.
    Berry, well eh, we were one of the other four teams that didnt take him. Who knew.
    BTW I love your hind sight!

  23. OAR Says:

    Where does Sapp talk about Dilfer the man or the father? I only heard Dilfer the football player/QB.
    Dilfer wasn’t the reason the Ravens went and won that SB. Plus, if Dilfer was half the QB he was as the man/father he is, Sapp and he would have a few rings as Bucs!
    You guys crack me up!

  24. OAR Says:

    I’ll take the word of a future Hall-of-Famer at that same position.

  25. Nick2 Says:

    On the Dilfer front I have to totally agree with him. Of all the Bucs quarterbacks who went on to win a Superbowl and I know of at least 3, he was the one I was most shocked at. The guy just never did anything much here at all and he was here a long long time.

  26. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I’d rather be a sheep than a jack arse anyday Thomas. At least I love this team and don’t go out of my way finding negatives about it, or arguing with other fans that actually like the team.

    And how did I know that as soon as I saw this article, you would be the first post? Don’t you have anything better to do? Is anyone saying he’s one of the best DT’s in the league? No, but some feel we are better with him than without him. For every BS reason you give that says otherwise, we can give you two that shows the exact opposite. It doesn’t really matter, because only time will tell what kind of player he will become. I just wish you would get off his nuts, because it’s pretty scary.

  27. Eric Says:

    Controversey sells books.

    Who knows if Sapp believes any of it. But its entertaining. I could picture Sapp laughing at the bank.

    He also commented as to how Gerald was lamenting the loss of his DL coach. A chink for the “it was all coaching” crowd.

  28. lightningbuc Says:

    OAR, What has Dilfer ever said about Sapp to warrant being singled out in a book? Shawn King wasn’t very good either – never hear Sapp talking about him. Back in the day Sapp, Brooks, etc – when the defense was awesome and offense wasn’t – when asked about Dilfer they would give the standard line of “we win as a team, we lose as a team”. But now when Sapp doesn’t have to look Dilfer in the eye, he’s throwing stones. Why – it was almost 15 years ago? Oh, wait, I know why – he’s broke and has to make some money to pay for all his bastard kids.

  29. OAR Says:

    Funny isn’t it? 5 ex-Buc QBs have gone to the SB and 3 of those 5 QBs won!
    Chris Chandler and his back-up Steve DeBerg for Atlanta lost theirs.
    I too was shocked Dilfer won one. BTW even more shocking/funny is he holds the longest pass play for a TD in one. A 6 yard pass to Shanon Sharpe for the 96 yd score.

  30. OAR Says:

    Dilfer can’t say anything bad about Sapp the football player, can he? If so let me know.
    Sapp and the defense also said give us 17 points. Guess whose job that is?
    If King won a SB, the way Dilfer did, he probablly would have something to say. Besides maybe Sapp does have something to say about him, have you read his book?
    Look I get it, Sapp the a$$hole isn’t the stand-up man Dilfer is, but he’s dead on about Dilfer the QB. Besides you make it sound like the book is all about Dilfer. I just think it’s funny how a lot of you over anaylze or misinterpret everything someone says.

  31. thomas 2.2 Says:

    By the way gentleman:

    In Sapp’s first two years in the league he had 12 sacks and 78 tackles and 2 forced fumbles. On a 14.5 game season in year 2, Sapp had nine sacks. So lets not act like Warren and Gerald have had similar careers after 2 seasons.

    Sapp did not start the first half of his first season – something that should have happened for Gerald but for the idiocy of the prior regime that had this weird compulsion (born out of inferiority) to brand their draft picks as “Greatness” before they ever even participated in a NFL practice.

    This was just plain dumb and stunted Gerald’s growth. I hope Schiano makes him Okoye’s backup for the purpose of seeing what he has in him – whether he is “soft” and quits as Warren claimed or a fighter like Warren was.

  32. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    So wait a minute Thomas, let me get this straight: you want them to make the #3 overall pick a backup, yet refuse to believe that our late first round back will not start, when he has another RB that has already produced a 1000 yard season????? You are a complete idiot.

  33. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    thomas 2.2 Says:
    June 8th, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Sapp: “guaranteed” a much improved McCoy in 2012. Sapp said McCoy will be “hitting with his horns” and not reaching.

    What? You mean Sapp disagrees with all of the sheep who have tried to argue that Gerald was disruptive and a menace and productive (with 3 career sacks and 30 tackles LOL) when healthy?

    This makes me roll on the floor laughing. Isn’t this exactly what Brad Culpepper, Ian Beckles, Shaun King, Dan Sileo and many other ex-bucs have said about McCoy – hell even Rah rah Morris railed against Gerald’s technique.


    By hitting with his “horns” Sapp was speaking of McCoy not stretching his reach and getting injured again.

    He never said McCoy was not good. He’s merely addressing hte injury aspect, and that by extension, when he is staying healthy he will get better.

    (trying to be a good boy, I remove my insults before posting)

  34. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    Thomas, no one is saying GMC is the next Sapp. The two are very different. But in regard to your point:

    Games played first two seasons:
    McCoy: 19
    Sapp: 31

    I realize using games played does not support your point…that’s why you went with starts instead.

    But either way, Sapp had more experience in his first two years. 12 more games of experience.

    Bet you were hoping someone would not check up on your claims, huh?

  35. Adam Says:

    I think I speak for every single Buccaneer fan in the free world (and some of the worlds that still embrace slavery and human trafficking for sexual purposes) when I say,

    “I’ll/We’ll believe that when I/we see it.”

  36. j lynch Says:

    When is McCoy gonna get a nasty streak?? Thats what he lacks. Sapp had it but he was a jackass off the field . Mc Coy needs to find it then bring it. He can watch Little Mermaid all he wants if he plays hard on Sunday

  37. BigMacAttack Says:

    I may be slow, but totally didn’t get the slavery and human trafficking remark.

    And it is real easy to critique the past. We should all be so fortunate to have a crystal ball up our @$$

  38. Thomas 2.2 Says:


    I know that you are new to this whole “football” thing, but the fact that Gerald only played in 19 of his first 32 games, to Sapp’s 31, doesn’t help your argument it helps mine.

  39. Bobby Says:

    What are all the McCoy bashers gonna do when he shows just how good he is when he’s healthy? I guess they’ll spin it like they always knew he would be a beast but just wanted to push him into becoming good by bashing him so he’d get mad and finally perform…. This year is going to be especially fun to post after each game. We may even be rid of Thomas for good he’ll be so embarrassed. Well, I can dream can’t I?

  40. Patrick Says:

    Hey Warren, why don’t you use proper English?! It’s “doesn’t” not “don’t.”

  41. Miguel Grande Says:

    The problem with McCoy is that he goes with the path of least resistance. The offensive lineman let’s him penetrate to a place where he does no harm to the play. The offense has the advantage of knowing which way the play is going and like Gaines Adams he always flows to where there is no ball.

    Often the gap he vacates is exactly where the ball carrier is going. On film he may look like he’s kicking butt and being disruptive but he seldom blows up a play. Like the proverbial bullfighter he’s always attacking that darn red cape and coming up empty.

    He may get an idea of what is going on in this his 3rd year, like reading the blocks, watching their feet and going against the path of greatest resistance like the illustrious Warren Sapp.

    By the way, Warren, you may never get onto the Ring of Honor in CITS Stadium, because you are a proud black man, but you will be in the NFL Hall of Fame without a doubt.

  42. Stevek Says:


    I will graciously and thankfully apologize of SOFTY MCCOY puts it all together.

    I hope he can stay healthy and become consistent force.

    With that said, McCoy needs to start earning that massive contract. If not, we will clear some healthy payroll with: Q. Black and GMC.

    We could have another FA overhaul and be set.

  43. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    j lynch Says:
    June 8th, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    When is McCoy gonna get a nasty streak?? Thats what he lacks. Sapp had it but he was a jackass off the field . Mc Coy needs to find it then bring it.


    This is a valid point. Even McCoy admitted he had this issue last year. The previous Dline coach was actually coaching him through it…and McCoy was making progress. That’s why he was frustrated when that coach was fired as well. Now, hopefully, Schiano and company are making a difference.

    Thomas…my point was that Sapp had more opportunity to get better stats. Not whether you were right or wrong. I could easily prove you wrong 75% of the time I make the effort. I have proven you wrong often enough, so baiting me is a waste of time.

  44. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    I can agree that the Bucs have not gotten their money’s worth…but huge contracts were the way when he was drafted. It’s a price every team in the top 10 or so paid.

    That said…I agree also that he needs to produce THIS YEAR…either by getting sacks or by getting massive amounts of disruption and stopping the run. I disagree at this point that he is soft.

    This is where Thomas messes up as well. He calls McCoy soft, and then says bad technique is the reason he gets injured. If it’s technique…he ain’t soft.

    If GMC’s injuries had been in the same spot, I would say he’s soft. I don’t even think his technique is bad. But I do think he needs to adjust it according to his strengths.

  45. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    Incidentally…if the former defensive coordinator knew anything about coaching defensive players beyond the secondary, maybe McCoy would have adjusted his technique a year sooner and not been injured a second time.

    Just the simple fact that the former coaching staff did not know it was needed speaks volumes.

    Loved Raheem as a head coach up until the last month of the season…hated him as DC.

  46. pewterC Says:

    I’m heartbroken… You mean to tell me that the Bucs lost the 99 NFC Championship because Monte Kiffin wouldn’t let them check out of a blitz? Did I hear that correctly??? SMH. It’s torture to hear this revelation. Now I have to re-live the pain of that loss all over again tonight…

  47. Thomas2.2 Says:

    The soft label did not come from me, it came from Sapp and was a label used on talk radio before I used it here.

    McCoy plays soft, exactly how Miguel describes. He has good off so he uses it to go where there is little resistance – where the offense is allowing him to go bc it won’t affect the play.

    That is what Rah, Miguel, myself, Beckles, Sapp, Culpepper Sileo etc are all saying. Often, it is better to use technique to beat the guard in your gap, than to attempt to beat the guard by get off only to get redirected out of your gap.

    I am very pleased to see that we have someone, in Miguel and a few others, who understands NFL football at more than a surface level.

  48. McBuc Says:

    Not to sound like a jerk, but Miguel, the bull goes for the red cape…not the bull fighter…he is the one with the red cape.

  49. McBuc Says:

    Thomas…Please show proof. I have never heard amy of the people you quote calling GMC soft. Please use direct quotes and site your work, if you want any of to listen to your dribble.

  50. BigMacAttack Says:

    If Thomas said it, it has to be true. He would never concoct a story, take words out of context or spin them around to promote his own agenda. Anyone that believes otherwise is a sheep, and that is baaaaaaad.

  51. Thomas2.2 Says:

    Joe put the Sapp quote up on JBF – Sapp said re McCoy “you can’t live soft and fight hard.” look it up yourself.

  52. Garv Says:

    Mr. Grandee of the third world types:

    “By the way, Warren, you may never get onto the Ring of Honor in CITS Stadium, because you are a proud black man, but you will be in the NFL Hall of Fame without a doubt.”

    He apparently has not noticed that two of the three men currently in the Ring o Honor at Raymond James are/were……1) men…..2) black…..and three, as far as I and anyone I know can tell…..proud.

    But that Mr. Grandee of smoke addled brain might not have noticed that in his STUPID analysis is hardly surprising, now is it?

  53. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Wasn’t dilfer having a solid season in 1999 until he broke his collarbone? Just think if we had both Dilfer and Gruber for the playoff run, we probably would of won the Superbowl.